Obama & The 57 States

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Bonnie M. Wells


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Patriotic Barack Obama Lapel Pins

Unveiled Honoring All 57 States


Andrew Malcolm


Yesterday The Ticket broke the stunning news of America's acquisition of seven, maybe eight, new states, according to future president Barack Obama.

He was speaking at the start of a two-day swoop through Oregon, which is already a state.

In Beaverton, which is not a state yet, the Democrat let it slip that during this marathon 16-month party presidential nomination struggle against a bunch of dropouts and this female political zombie from New York who won't surrender short of a silver stake, he had already visited 57 states with one more to go.

That's not counting the existing states of Alaska and Hawaii, he said, which his staff decided aren't important enough to visit. Unless maybe you're Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich, who weren't very important either, come to think of it.

Has this aging freshman senator -- he'll be almost 60 in 13 years -- lost his bearings? Are the eight new states caucus or primary? And will Howard Dean bar them from the convention too?

Obama's gaffe caused a noticeable stir online during the day and even the respected Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic anticipated that the political media would kindly write the Democrat's mis-statement off to fatigue. But he wrote if, say, the Republican nominee-to-be had uttered the same silly fatigue flub, it would surely be added to eager suspicions of senility.

Besides trying to noodle out what the new states are, some clever campaign folks over at the phenomenal Suitably Flip blog got to thinking right away.

And they've now unveiled a new patriotic lapel pin that anyone can wear with pride even, say, a Harvard-educated senator from Illinois who's been trying to make a point about opposing a war before it even started.

Here is the new pin replete with all 57 stars:

You'll probably want to order several for friends and family. And any Chablis-sipping senators you might know.

--Andrew Malcolm


Andrew Malcolm's immigrant parents repeatedly stressed the importance of active participation in a democracy. Early lessons included learning the alphabetical list of states by watching televised roll calls of national political conventions. That childhood exposure led to a lifelong fascination with politics, including 40-plus years of covering them and a brief stint practicing them as press secretary to Laura Bush in 1999-2000.

A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Malcolm served on the Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four.

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Barack Obama's Butterfly Effect

July 20, 2008

By: Jake Tapper


Today on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Afghanistan, told the paparazzi-pursued correspondent Lara Logan that "the objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki or President Sarkozy or others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years.

"And it's important for me to have a relationship with them early, that I start listening to them now, getting a sense of what their interests and concerns are."

The notion that Obama will be dealing with world leaders for eighjt-to-ten years, possibly up through July 2018, suggests that either (a) he believes that not only will he be elected and re-elected, but the 22nd amendment will be repealed and he will be elected for a third term, OR (b) he was speaking casually and just meant two terms.

(I'm guessing b.)

There is a term in chaos theory describing the how infinitesmal variations of the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.

Most of us are more familiar with the more common name for it: the butterfly effect.

The butterfly effect was introduced in Ray Bradbury's 1952 short story "A Sound of Thunder," when time travelers change the world beyond measure by accidentally killing a butterfly in prehistoric times.

Similarly, international diplomacy can be impacted by careless or glibly-chosen words. (Cue President Bush's "crusade" remarks.)

Some Democratic allies of Obama's are -- off the record -- concerned that the senator too often doesn't consider the potential butterfly effect of his diction.

Take his support for an "undivided Jerusalem," or his remarks about women seeking abortions when they're "feeling blue," which upset feminist leaders.

Or the media kerfuffle after his "refine my policies" presser.

On his press plane on July 5, after that incident, Obama said, "Iím surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured."

A reporter noted that that is precisely what happens with the president, he can change world affairs with one word, finely calibrating your words is what happens.

"Well, of course, no, I understand," Obama said. "But for me to say that Iím going to refine my policies, you know, I donít think in anyway is inconsistent with prior statements and doesn'tít change my strategic view that this war has to end and that I am going to end it as president."

This week Obama will have his words picked apart like never before, and it will be an international audience of not just opponents but actual enemies.

They will be watching and waiting to see if he kills any butterflies.


Jake Tapper is ABC News' Senior National Correspondent based in the network's Washington bureau. He writes about politics and popular culture and covers a range of national stories.

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The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 nations, most of which are Islamic, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America. The official languages of the organization are Arabic, English and French.

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The OIC Member States


Currently, the OIC has 57 Member and 3 Observer States:

Name of State andYear of accession

Afghanistan - 1969

Albania, Republic of - 1992

Algeria, People's Democratic Republic of - 1969

Azerbaijan, Republic of - 1991

Bahrain, State of - 1970

Bangladesh, People's Republic of - 1974

Benin, Republic of - 1982

Brunei Dar-us-Salaam, Sultanate of - 1984

Burkina Faso - 1975

Cameroon, Republic of - 1975

Chad, Republic of - 1969

Comoros, Federal Islamic Republic of the - 1976

Cote d'Ivoire, Republic of - 2001

Djibouti, Republic of - 1978

Egypt, Arab Republic of - 1969

Gabon, Republic of - 1974

Gambia, Republic of the - 1974

Guinea, Republic of - 1969

Guinea-Bissau, Republic of - 1974

Guyana, Republic of - 1998

Indonesia, Republic of - 1969

Iran, Islamic Republic of - 1969

Iraq, Republic of - 1976

Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of - 1969

Kazakhstan, Republic of - 1995

Kuwait, State of - 1969

Kyrghyzistan, Republic of - 1992

Lebanon, Republic of - 1969

Libya, Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - 1969

Malaysia - 1969

Maldives, Republic of - 1976

Mali, Republic of - 1969

Mauritania, Islamic Republic of - 1969

Morocco, Kingdom of - 1969

Mozambique, Republic of - 1994

Niger, Republic of - 1969

Nigeria, Federal Republic of - 1986

Oman, Sultanate of - 1970

Pakistan, Islamic Republic of - 1969

Palestine, State of - 1969

Qatar, State of - 1970

Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of - 1969

Senegal, Republic of - 1969

Sierra Leone, Republic of - 1972

Somalia, Democratic Republic of - 1969

Sudan, Republic of the - 1969

Surinam, Republic of the - 1996

Syrian Arab Republic - 1970

Tajikistan, Republic of - 1992

Togo, Republic of - 1997

Tunisia, Republic of - 1969

Turkey, Republic of - 1969

Turkmenistan, Republic of - 1992

Uganda, Republic of - 1974

United Arab Emirates, State of - 1970

Uzbekistan, Republic of - 1995

Yemen, Republic of - 1969

The OIC Observer States

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of

Centeral African Republic

Thailand, Kingdom of

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