Gaffetastic! Hotshot Obama Flubs Island Geography at Summit of the Americas
President Barack Obama, front center, gestures during the official photo at the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Sunday April 15, 2012. Obama is flanked by Presidents Sebastian Pinera of Chile, front left, and Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, front right. Pictured behind the three leaders are Presidents Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, middle row, left, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, middle row, second from left, Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, middle row, right, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, third row, center. (AP /Fernando Llano)
Obama was hoping to impress Latin American leaders at the Summit of the Americas this weekend by using the Latin American name for the disputed Falkland Islands. Unfortunately, he used the wrong word, embarrassing himself.
(Barack Obama doesn’t speak Spanish)
Reuters reported, via Free Republic:
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who has insisted without success that Washington recognize its claim to the Falkland Islands controlled by Britain, was one of several presidents who left the summit well before its official closure.
She missed a verbal gaffe by Obama, who referred to the “Maldives” instead of the “Malvinas” when using the name Latin Americans give to the disputed islands.
The leftist ALBA bloc of nations – including Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and some Caribbean nations – said they will not attend future summits without Cuba’s presence.
Update: Below is a map of the world. The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, on the other side of the planet from the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), which are located off the coast of Argentina in the Atlantic Ocean.
At least he managed to stay in the Southern Hemisphere.