You might think being president and just having given his last State of the Union address would have given Barack Obama a sense of history. Apparently not.
As The Daily Mail reports, Obama had trouble getting America's age right as he spoke to a crowd in Nebraska:
President Barack Obama had trouble on Wednesday working out the math to determine the age of the country he has led for the last seven years, stammering that the United States is 250 years old.
The Second Continental Congress declared the independence of the U.S. in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 – in the Declaration of Independence – making the country a hair older than 239-and-a-half.
Speaking at the University of Nebraska Omaha a day after his final State of the Union address to Congress, Obama complained that some Republicans in the audience failed to applaud when he insisted America is the world's strongest and most powerful nation.
"I mean, I understand why they wouldn't want to give me credit for it – which is true. It's because the United States of America, for two hundred, err – 50 – years, has been working to make us the strongest. But that should not be a controversial statement," Obama said to applause from the supposedly educated university crowd.
Obama famously said during his first presidential election campaign that he had visited all 57 states except Alaska and Hawaii.