The image: Is President Obama still living in the past? His visit on Tuesday to Westminster Abbey, where he laid a memorial wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, was marked by a "bizarre" gaffe. In signing the Abbey's "distinguished" guestbook, Obama wrote a touching note: "It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage and our common sacrifice." Then he dated the entry "24 May 2008." (See the image below.)
The reaction: A White House official suggested the error may have been caused by jet lag," says Jake Tapper at ABC News. But Obama's rally in Dublin the day before sure had a campaign feel. Maybe the president had mentally returned to the "more joyous days of yesteryear." Yes, "it's only natural for a man to revert to thoughts of his glory days when everything around him is falling apart," says Allahpundit at Hot Air. "That's why I've been dating checks '1995' for the past 15 years." Or maybe this was the lingering aftereffect of Obama's visit to a Dublin pub, says Matt Schneider at Mediaite. Perhaps "someone may have slammed a Guinness or two more than they could handle?" Check it out:
Image courtesty: REUTERS
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 5 legitimate scientific controversies
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 10 things you need to know today: October 2, 2014
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Why you probably don't have Ebola — even if you shook hands with America's 'patient zero'
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
Subscribe to the Week