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Rare gaffes during Obama's visit to...where, again?

6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, January 14 2016 Jan 14, 2016 January 14, 2016 1:33 PM January 14, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - There was a lot going on during President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge Thursday, which may explain some bumps in the road during the day's events. 

The town hall event at McKinley High School was a chance for Obama to push his State of the Union proposals, and applaud Governor John Bel Edwards' efforts to expand Medicaid under the president's signature health care reforms.

He opened well, saying "Geaux Tigers!" to the crowd just a few blocks away from LSU. He failed to give a shout-out to the Southern University Jaguars, though, which may have touched a nerve in the predominantly black neighborhood. A Southern student made sure to bring that up in a question at the end of the town hall about historically black colleges and universities.

The president may have been thrown off his game by the oversight, because after his answer he said goodbye and "Thank you, New Orleans!"

The usually-unflappable Obama wasn't the only one to misspeak during the visit. During his Twitter Q&A the White House Twitter account misquoted the commander-in-chief.

The president said "The main impetus for better politics is going to be the American people." The tweet's quote said, "The main impotence for a better politics is going to be the American people. They have to demand it."

The White House deleted the tweet and put the correct quote up shortly after.

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