‘O-I-H-O’: Barack Obama’s Dan Quayle moment

President Barack Obama finally found the 57th state, and it’s spelled O-I-H-O.

To be fair, Obama and his pals finally got it right here:

Some can’t believe the President would be so stupid:

Great point! Except, not really:

  • Obama’s watch is on his left hand in both cases.
  • The man to Obama’s right is wearing a watch on his left hand in both cases.
  • The light fixtures and ceiling tiles would look different if the image had been reversed.
  • The lettering on the red shirt to the right of Obama isn’t backwards.

So, no. The photo was not flipped or Photoshopped despite what some MSM laptogs may want us to believe.

Update: This is a must-read:

Bias: WaPo ‘real reporters’ falsely claim Obama ‘O-I-H-O’ pic was photoshopped

  • matt whitlock

    Not reversed, they probably just realized that on camera it would need to read mirrored. They way they were doing it at first was left to right so if you were behind them or from their perspective it would have been correct. What’s much worse are the pit-stains of the gentleman on the far left.

    • kch50428

      He’ll be known forever as “pit guy” in an Obama Fail photo-op. :)

    • stillinthe60s

      BO with BO?

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Being an Ohio resident(albeit not an OSU fan), I can’t help but facepalm at his misspelling. Ohio is easy to spell; maybe Joe Biden was helping him? c;

    • http://twitter.com/angelcandy54 candy martin

      He needs to remember – Round on both ends (O) and high in the middle! OHIO!

      • http://www.thegantry.net/blog Casey

        Shhhh! Don’t say “hi” near Barry. He might get the munchies…

  • TomJB

    Not to mention in a reverse image, the President’s hand would either be together in both in the “I” pose, or apart in both for the “H” pose.


    Shirt pockets are in the correct location.

  • TLKensington

    Dude wear an undershirt. Rookie move to have pit stains.

  • kch50428

    So we pronounce it “oy-ho” ? :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY_xOj2M_g PistolsForPandas

    It’s a tired cliche at this point, but I can’t help but think: if Bush did this…

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Mmm hmm. You want something else from the Collaborationist Media?

    • VicR

      Dan Quayle did it, but was reading it off a paper where someone else misspelled it. That “news” story is still being told to this day. But we WILL NEVER hear about this one from the MSM!!!

  • Jaynie59

    Somebody needs to take Obama aside and remind him he is The President of The United States and it’s undignified for him to be put in such embarrassing situations. He’s already proved he has no shame, but does he have no pride, either?
    I could have died very happy to have never seen my president so close to some idiots sweaty pits.

    • VicR

      “some idiots sweaty pits?” What makes them idiots? Just because they are having fun with Obama? Or because you are so superior? I thought that was Obama’s job, to be superior than everyone else.

    • http://twitter.com/angelcandy54 candy martin

      He’s a Democrat, he never had any pride!

    • A. McKenna

      Janey59, you need to be reminded of his bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, his blatant and outright refusal to pledge allegiance to the American Flag or to wear the flag pin as many other Presidents have, his continual “throwing out the window” of and total disregard of the Constitution, his and Moochelles complete ignorance of protocol when meeting the Queen of England (how embarrassing), and let’s NOT forget how horrifically he treated the President of Israel. While were here, let’s just mention his overt favourtism towards Pakistan over our long time and trusted ally, Israel. Side WITH Pakistan, Really??? This man is NO President, he is merely the current Resident (he hasn’t earned the P) running this country in to the ground as fast as he possibly can. No dignity, no shame, no pride and certainly NO humility. And you think sweaty armpits is embarrassing? He IS the biggest embarrassment to America since……… well, I can’t really think of anyone worse than him. He’s NOT my President. He is socialism to the core. He is a liar and a thief. He is NO President.

  • Bill Paisley

    I’d like to know who those morons with the stupid grins are who can’t spell either.

  • thohan

    Obama: Can’t spell, eats dogs.

    • http://recycledsip.blogspot.com/ ClydeS

      To be fair, he thought he was eating “god,” i.e., the eucharist.

      • lainer51

        I thought he WAS God!. dont believe me, ask Chris Matthews.

    • http://twitter.com/ruff_1 Charles Westmoreland

      And grasshopper.

      • thohan

        “When you can snatch the pebble from my palm, you will be readyNOMNOMNOM”

  • johnv2

    If he imagined OHIO spelled *from his perspective* he’s right. From the camera’s perspective, wrong. Still, an N-dimensional chess genius intellect shouldn’t fall for such a blunder.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Oh I know, I know! It was his giant brain moving so fast it got ahead of his body again, right?

    • Chris Allen

      From Pres. Obama’s “perspective”, the economy is doing just fine and Obamacare is a good thing.

  • Rick Caird

    Are we sure he isn’t doing Y _ M _ C _ A?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Be fair, he probably first learned reading and writing right to left.

    • bobofromtexas

      Oiho – The 57th state and Birthplace of Hope&Change!

    • Joy

      Very good comment IceColdTroll, very clever :)

    • souphands

      It’s a picture you moron. When you take a picture, the image is reversed.

      • cloudshe

        what you just said makes no sense. besides, if you look at how the shirts are buttoned, Both images are correct, not reversed

  • $270502

    In case you were wondering if Obama comes from some strange mirror universe…

  • UnhyphenatedAmericanVet

    As self centered as the TOTUS is… he spelled Ohio for himself instead of the camera

    • UnhyphenatedAmericanVet

      to be honest they were problably copying his teleprompter…for the first pic

  • Ruby

    Biting my tongue w/ any “ho” jokes!!

  • wolfie773

    He’s going to lose Oiho and Ioaw

  • Doc

    Also, look how their shirts fasten left over right in the O-I-H-O picture. It’s not reversed.

  • Wigglesworth111

    He’s just dumb.

  • hwy505

    Not photoshopped – even his tie is leaning to his right (no pun) – way too many variables – only fact is that they spelled it wrong!

  • Thomas

    and now we know why his transcripts are sealed, that or he smoked a extra bone this morning

  • Homegrown_Skeptic

    A Choom gang moment. Ohio, Oiho, what’s the diff? Roll up the windows and inhale.

  • Thomas

    he’ll say Bush taught him how to spell

  • TommysDad

    Can’t be a reverse image…everyone & everything is in the same order as the 1st pic.

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    The easiest way to tell if the photo was flipped are the shirt buttons.
    Men’s shirts are left over right, plus the shirt pockets (if any).
    I guess they couldn’t figure out how to do this with TOTUS!

  • BrokenTusk

    Also as proof that image was not reversed – the way the men’s shirts are buttoned (left side on top of right).

  • Kelly

    Why don’t you folks get over your bigoted selves and address real issues. You are not making this country any better with this bullshit.

  • allenbarr

    after playing the wmca game it’s basketball tomorrow golf the next day fantacy football. then vacation. then start all over again. fear not though nancy and harry and ofcourse b.franks will keep it all going while the president plays his games. don’t anyone get it. he is a figure head. he has no idea of what is going on.

  • Jamal

    “Great point! Except, not really:
    Obama’s watch is on his left hand in both cases.
    The man to Obama’s right is wearing a watch on his left hand in both cases.
    The light fixtures and ceiling tiles would look different if the image had been reversed.
    The lettering on the red shirt to the right of Obama isn’t backwards.”

    Not to mention the fact that the portly gentleman in the blue shirt is doing the “I” in photo 1, whereas in photo 2, it is Obama himself that does the “I”- the portly gentleman is making a “H”.

  • http://wyblog.us/blog Chris Wysocki

    Maybe that’s how you spell Ohio in Austrian.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    I think he had problems translating it from Austrian myself.

  • SRVDisciple

    Those 3-letter words are hard, right Joe?

  • Martin Van Nostran

    How you say “Oiho” in Austrian?

  • SunnyJS

    WaPo had to retract “photoshopped” error! What a schmuck.

  • Steve

    Clearly, he’s found the 57th state

  • Angela

    Definitely not flipped. Obama, bizarrely, wears his watch on his left wrist even though he’s left-handed.

  • Ed LaRose

    Love that all the guys making the screwup are wearing blue and the guy with the camera (at least in the second pic) is in red.

    • http://www.facebook.com/micciche.nicholas Nicholas Micciche

      Lmao nice catch!

    • stillinthe60s

      The 3rd guy from the Left is Red. Believe it!

  • Beiletti

    Just a FOOL among many fools in the photo.



  • Patricia Ameo

    This is trivial compared to the insane verbal diarrhea coming out of Republican mouths lately and their nude escapades in holy places that are TRUE embarrassments to the US! Grow up.

    • Darth_Venomous

      compared to the insane verbal diarrhea coming out of Republican mouths lately and their nude escapades in holy places that are TRUE embarrassments to the US!

      Which, in turn, is trivial compared to the Minne-haha DEMOSCUMMIC Congresscritter caught doing the Sandusky with an underage boy…a TRUE embarrassment to the US.

      Grow up, bimbo.

      • effinayright


        Skinny dipping in the Dead Sea, a “holy place”.

        Next thing, Ameo, you’ll be condemning the Palestinians for exploding rockets all over the “holy place” of Israel.

        Oh wait…you won’t be.

  • SamWah

    Look at the shirts–the placket is on the left and the buttons come up from the right. Look at your own shirt. That’s the way mine buttons.

  • LisainDallas

    I wish he would quit pandering at MY school. He’s been there 3 times this year. He probably thinks the mascot is a wolf. Ugh.

  • edward cropper

    just check the buttons on the shirts

  • Oak Tree Lady

    I don’t see O-I-H-O, I see O-I-H-I !!! Only the first guy can spell, and only because there is an O at both ends. They needed a director, and they finally got one.

  • mj hughes

    And they made fun of Sarah Palin. 57 states?? We have been in trouble the last four years. No wonder Obama won’t show his college grades. Be afraid, be very , very afraid.

  • jill

    heard on the news that it was a reversed picture.

  • jemblue

    Having spent time among OSU fans, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • stillinthe60s

    After Obama’s first term it ought to be spelled OHOH!

    • effinayright

      And when he loses the state in this election: HOHO!

  • Chip

    Wedding ring on left hand in second photo, breast pocket on shirt on correct side, photos not reversed…

  • http://www.bobgriggs.com Bob Griggs

    I am all for zinging the President, but really…. in the top photo, Ohio is spelled correctly FROM THE PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE. In the bottom photo, it is spelled correctly FROM THE CAMERA’S PERSPECTIVE. It’s a matter of the two letters in the middle reversing, as they have done.

    Whether or not the different perspectives were intended, I do not know. But neither does anyone who is criticizing the President’s spelling skills based on these photos alone. And if you’re honest, you’ll admit that it could be the OTHER guy between the ‘O’s who can’t spell.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chuckmccurdy Chuck McCurdy

      Cheerleaders never have this problem, and they never complain about someone doing it wrong.

  • Mini14’sBlkStrat

    This would be front page news if he were Republican. But,this is just one more Free Pass from the MSM for the “most brilliant” President ever.

  • BeeKaaay

    Well, he did go to pubic schools (misspelling intentional) – edumacation is their bizness! :)

    • http://twitter.com/RJD12913 RJD

      Actually, he went to more private schools than Mitt Romney. He barely went one year to public school in US. He was poorly edumacated though!

      • BeeKaaay

        Must have went to leftwingwacko domianted private schools, which are indistinguishable from “publik skools” except for a lot of money being sent there from his parent’s pockets.

  • ModerateRepub

    The fact that Obama cannot spell and doesn’t know how many states are in the U.S. doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • bill

    Obama need to go to first grade again

  • praxagora

    Do you understand that cameras reverse images? Are you all so stupid that you don’t realize this?

    • effinayright

      Oh sure! We all see reversed images on TV, in magazines —they’re everywhere!!! Point and shoot your iphone and see for yourself! Reversed image!

      Look at the shirt buttons and the lettering on the T-shirt behind him. Oh, wait….

      Man, you are a dull Kool-Aid drinking tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.breed.5 Jim Breed

    Four dead in O I H O!

  • Brian Richardson

    2 Obama goofs in the same day! This O-I-H-O goof coupled with the picture on Drudge from Reuters where Obama looks like he has a teleprompter head have made my day complete.

  • http://twitter.com/AdiosCapitalism AdiosCapitalism

    And his slogan is “Forward”. Perhaps it should be “Backwards”.

  • effinayright

    When you notice the pit stains on all the guys except the Preezy, it’s pretty obvious what’s going on here:

    * it’s a hostage pic The guns pointing at the guys are off camera. (wouldn’t you sweat under those circumstances?)

    * It’s a message : Oh I Hate Obama. The guys got Obama to do the H thing, then switched the other letters.

    John McCain can explain it to you if you don’t “get it”.

  • effinayright

    After this debacle, you can bet the family farm that The Blue-Lipped Boy King won’t be trying this in Massachusetts!

  • theophany

    I’m confused why this is a thing, other than the media’s response to it. They clearly spelled it right, but mixed up who the readers would be. The first time it’s spelled correctly if _they_ are the readers, which is the default perspective a group of people might have when spelling something with their bodies. The second time they spelled it correctly for the camera. Making a big deal out of this is just embarrassing.

  • Doris Tilbury

    What do you expect? ……………. He had no teleprompter.

  • stuckinIL4now

    I guess they were spelling it in Arabic-style where you read from right to left, eh?

  • tony fressola

    Trying to read any misspelling always makes my head spin. John Kasich , help turn Ohio around, I wish the buckeyes don’t give the
    credit to Obama

  • souphands

    Like most people, you don’t automatically reverse spelling when a picture is taken. They spelled it correctly according to their own sight, then mirrored it for the camera. This has got to be the most desperate outrage-of-the-day of the entire election cycle. You people are losing it.

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  • Streetiebird

    Such hard-hitting stuff “Twitchy Staff”. Where were you when Bush was our president? He couldn’t make it 5 words without screwing something up.

    And when you’re standing in a line like that it would seem correct from his point of view. But let’s not let little details get in the way of mocking our President. Carry on.

  • Frank Ferraro

    Now if someone had taken the picture from the other side, does this mean that the “spellers” don’t know their butts from a hole in the ground? Maybe they’re dyslexic. Who knows??

  • religionandhistory

    Do not say Obama doesn’t get America , the economy , God or Guns … He just gets everything backwards . His early education was in a backward country , he embraced a backward ideology , his father , friends , mentors and babysitters were destroyers of governments ….backwards looking , backwards blaming , backwards thinking. Forward is their slogan ????? How Ironic, false, empty and backward !

  • Theodore Cleaver

    The guy to his left is signaling “O” and the guy to his right is signaling “I”. Depends on your point of view. Yes to do it correctly you have to do it from right to left so that those looking at you see it correctly. So it is correct or incorrect, depending where you are standing.

    If you can’t figure that out, you are the moron.

  • shimauma

    I remember Oiho; it’s right up there next to UHTA and Zonaria

  • Guest

    Nice to know that my rabbi’s sons are becoming famous on the interwebs.

  • Dora Powell

    Nice to know my Rabbi’s sons are getting internet famous. To the left of the president is Micah, and to the right is Jared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckmccurdy Chuck McCurdy

    And…all four guys are wearing men’s dress shirts, which have buttons on the right hand side of the placket. Women’s shirts have buttons on the left hand side of the placket. So if someone wants to make the case that it is reversed, then please explain why all four of them are wearing women’s shirts.
    Bush Derangement Syndrome comment in 3…2…1…

  • JC White

    To be fair, Oiho is a state in Mitt Romney’s Amercia