Barack Obama Said He Was Campaigning in "57 States"---and There are 57
Summary of the eRumor: Presidential candidate senator Barack Obama
stated that he was going to campaign in all 57 states. The writer of
the email says that "organization of the Islamic conference" represents 57
Islamic states. In other words, there are 57 Islamic states and
perhaps Obama's slip of the tongue was a telling one.
The Truth: The part about Obama referencing "57 states"
is true, but the quote is slightly different than presented in the eRumor.
He did not say he was going to campaign in 57 states but that he already
It was at a campaign appearance in Beaverton, Oregon, on May 9, 2008.
Obama said, "It
is just wonderful to be back in Oregon. And over the last 15 months we've
traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states;
I think one left to go." His campaign said it was obviously a
mistake. Nobody believed that he really thought there were 57
It's a stretch to say that he was referring to "57" Islamic states, but it
may not be relevant because it depends on what the definition is of an
Islamic state. There are countries where Islam is not only the
official religion but the rule of law as well. There are others that
are secular states but where Islam has a strong presence. The eRumor
references the Organization of The Islamic Conference, which, as of this
writing, does have a membership of 57 countries who have enough of a
presence of Islam in them to want their interests represented. For
example, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Central African Republic, and the
Turkish Cypriot state are not members of the Organization of The Islamic
Conference, but are listed as "observers."
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A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
You are aware, probably, that Barack Obama lost his bearings recently and
said that he was going to campaign in all 57 states. You heard this? And
everybody chalked it up to, "Well, he's tired." It's been such a long
campaign, he's been so many places, etc. etc.
Well, I have here a printout from a website called the
International Humanist and Ethical Union. And right in front of me I am
reading and article entitled "How the Islamic states dominate the UN human
rights council." I look at the second paraagraph and do a double take. It
Every year from 1999 to 2005 the organization of the Islamic conference
representing the 57 Islamic states has presented a resolution to the
United Nations commission on human rights called combating. "
There are 57 Islamic states .
Helloooo, everyone! Let me say it again: there are 57
OK. Let me review. Obama said he's going to campaign in
57 states, and now I learn that there are 57 Islamic states.
Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know about you, but now I
cannot help but wonder if that slip of Obama's about the number of states
in the United States was a far more telling slip than it is being credited