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Opinion: Patriotic Barack Obama lapel pins unveiled honoring all 57 states

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Yesterday The Ticket broke the stunning news of America’s acquisition of seven, maybe eight, new states, according to future president Barack Obama.

He was speaking at the start of a two-day swoop through Oregon, which is already a state.

In Beaverton, which is not a state yet, the Democrat let it slip that during this marathon 16-month party presidential nomination struggle against a bunch of dropouts and this female political zombie from New York who won’t surrender short of a silver stake, he had already visited 57 states with one more to go.

That’s not counting the existing states of Alaska and Hawaii, he said, which his staff decided aren’t important enough to visit. Unless maybe you’re Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich, who weren’t very important either, come to think of it.

Here’s the spoof-proof Obama video as evidence:

Has this aging freshman senator -- he’ll be almost 60 in 13 years -- lost his bearings? Are the eight new states caucus or primary? And will Howard Dean bar them from the convention too?

Obama’s gaffe caused a noticeable stir online during the day and even the respected Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic anticipated that the political media would kindly write the Democrat’s mis-statement off to fatigue. But he wrote if, say, the Republican nominee-to-be had uttered the same silly fatigue flub, it would surely be added to eager suspicions of senility.

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Besides trying to noodle out what the new states are, some clever campaign folks over at the phenomenal Suitably Flip blog got to thinking right away.

And they’ve now unveiled a new patriotic lapel pin that anyone can wear with pride even, say, a Harvard-educated senator from Illinois who’s been trying to make a point about opposing a war before it even started.

Here is the new pin replete with all 57 stars:

You’ll probably want to order several for friends and family. And any Chablis-sipping senators you might know.

--Andrew Malcolm


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