‘President Obama, I’m Actually Chinese’

TOTUS would have been able to tell the difference:

The closing exchange at President Obama’s press conference today in Seoul:

THE PRESIDENT: I feel obliged to take maybe one question from the Korean press — since you guys have been such excellent hosts. Anybody? This gentleman right here — he’s got his hand up. He’s the only one who took me up on it. Go ahead. And I’ll probably need a translation, though, if you’re asking the question in Korean. In fact, I definitely will need a translation. (Laughter.)

REPORTER: Unfortunately, I hate to disappoint you, President Obama, I’m actually Chinese. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s wonderful to see you.

Things like this just didn’t happen when the gumdrops were still falling from the sky and the fantasyland unicorns were flying in beautiful unison, did they?

Instead, Obama’s coming home from “Operation get the hell out of the US for the election fallout” empty-handed to get a crash course on reality and to learn the difference between Chinese and Korean people — not necessarily in that order.

But all Hope is not lost — Obama still has some true believers — such as Gail Collins from the New York Times. So sad.