What do Poland and Portugal have in common? 4 letters. P,o,l and a. While that may confuse Vanna White or Pat Sajak, I really don’t think that it should confuse the Vice-President of the United States of America. But, it did.
We have seen positive steps recently to address the eurozone crisis, with the European Central Bank pledging to stand behind countries willing to launch reforms, and with Greece, Ireland, Poland* [*sic-Portugal], Spain and Italy all taking important steps to put their economies on a sounder path. Governments across the eurozone must also remain focused on growth and jobs.
In case you’re a bit confused, he said Poland, and once someone at the White House realized the mistake, they corrected the transcript to show what he really meant to say. Amateurish at best. Insulting at worst.
I’ll not lean too hard on Uncle Joe today because the problem goes much deeper. Americans’ knowledge of world geography is deplorable. If it is not in North America (i.e. the US, Canada or Mexico), Americans don’t know where it is.
I don’t want to go on a mean-spirited rant about politicians, public education, ignorance or anything else for that matter. So, instead I’ll just ask the question, who should be more insulted by Biden’s gaffe, Portugal or Poland?