Conservative media watchdogs are calling foul after the Associated Press added clarification to President Obama’s remarks about the Gulf of Mexico.
During Obama’s late-night appearance Tuesday on the Tonight Show, the president seemed to make a geographic snafu, listing Gulf cities that are actually not on the Gulf.
LENO: You mentioned infrastructure. Why is that a partisan issue? I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe. How does that become Republican or Democrat? How do you not just fix the bridge?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know. As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together. Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports. The Panama is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.
The Associated Press carried the quote, but added “(and in)” right before “places like Charleston …” Politico has the Leno transcript here.
While it’s easy to say it’s a one-time flub, critics point out this isn’t the first time that President Obama has made the mistake.