At a news conference in Strasbourg, France, earlier this week, President Obama said the following in response to a questioner from Austria:
It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing.
You can watch the video here.
This is a perfect Daily Show segment; all Jon Stewart has to do is play the clip and look smugly at the camera with his head in his hands as his audience laughs at the president’s ignorance over Austrians not having their own language but rather speaking German. Of course, had President Bush said this, he would have been laughed off the stage, as he was when he referred to Greeks as “Grecians.” Bush’s occasional verbal foibles were a cottage industry for Jacob Weisberg and supplied the left with a comforting narrative of presidential stupidity. Don’t expect this embarrassing gaffe to lead the ironic, snarky left to criticize its own.