Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Amateur Hour

Obama has been in charge for less than two months, and already the list of gaffes, screwups, inane and thoughtless decisionmaking, and just plain stupidity has already grown overly long.

My favorite: the silly incident regarding the "big red button":

In a juvenile stunt, reminiscent of something a third grader might come up with, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a button that was supposed to say "reset." However, incredibly, the word on the button translated to "overcharge," not "reset." Apparently, despite the enormous deficit the government is going to run up this year, Team Obama forgot to budget enough money to hire someone who speaks Russian for the State Department. If only America could just press a button and reset the entire Obama presidency so far and start over.

As a former Russian tech translator, I can say with a bit of authority that this error could easily have been avoided simply by checking a technical dictionary. BUUUUUT NOOOOOOOOO! (to quote St. John Belushi).

The other thing is this: I thought we were always hoping to restrain the Russians FROM pressing the Big Red Button. What are they thinking? Geez.

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