For almost a minute and a half on her show Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow kept telling her viewers that President Obama was going to Estonia which is in the Balkans.
I kid you not.
It’s almost as if no one at MSNBC passed their Middle School Geography class.
RACHEL MADDOW: Next up, the last time a U.S. President visited the Balkans was when George W. Bush visited Albania in 2007. The thing most people remember about that last trip by a US president to the Balkans is that it resulted in this 9 1/2-foot tall statue being erected by the Albanian government to honor President Bush. It shows George W. Bush over nine-feet tall with pleated pants and a teeny, teeny, teeny tiny little head. But beyond the giant statue that they built of him in Albania, is it true or is it false that the last trip by a U.S. president to the Balkans also included him having his watch stolen while he was there? . . . President Bush didn’t lose the watch, so much as he took it off himself and maybe stuffed it in hiw own pocket or maybe he gave it to a bodyguard to hold. And anyway, they say he didn’t get it stolen. It is basically the only thing you’ll find if you try to Google anything aboutthe last time a US president went to the Balkans . . . But it is to replace headlines like those with something more memorable. The president is due to be wheels-down in Estonia very shortly. It’s about 10 Eastern Time tomorrow morning that he’s going to be addressing US troops who are stationed in Estonia, now in part to remind Russia that the full force of NATO really is right there on their doorstep. That speech is scheduled for the 10 AM Eastern hour tomorrow. It will be worth watching if you have been curious to see what it looks like when this president rattles a sabre.
So very sad.