To Obama, it seems like there are more than 50 states
BEAVERTON, Oregon (Reuters) – The battle for the Democratic nomination has been long and tiring. So much so that Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama seemed to forget how many states were in the United States.
“I’ve now been in 57 states, I think — one left to go,” Obama said. “Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to … my staff could not justify it,” he added after hearing laughter from the audience.
Obama apparently did not realize that he had said 57, instead of 47, states visited so far.
“It sure seems like there are 57 states,” a travel-weary campaign aide said after the event.
Obama has actually been to 46 U.S. states so far during the campaign. He has not visited South Dakota, Arkansas, Alaska or Hawaii, an aide said.
The Illinois senator and his rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, have criss-crossed the country as they vie for the Democratic presidential nomination. The winner will face Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in November’s general election.
Photo credit: Reuters/Steve Dipaola (Obama speaks about economy in Beaverton, Oregon)