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Did Obama say he'd been to 57 states during the primary campaign?
Yes, but we believe it's clear he misstated that he'd been to 47 states.

In May 2008, Obama said while campaigning in Beaverton, Oregon:

"It is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in fifty .... seven states? I think one left to go. One left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit but my staff would not justify it."




We believe it's clear in context that the evidently exhausted Obama was thinking out loud about the 50 U.S. states and how many he'd been to, with the intent of saying he'd been to 47 states, with 1 left to go, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

Obama acknowledged the mistake later in the day, while also expressing concern that he may have also misstated the potential number of Burmese hurricane victims:

"I hope I said 100,000 people the first time instead of 100 million. I understand I said there were 57 states today. It's a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh..." [1]

"Maybe it's Obama's age. He's getting up there in his forties, you know," joked Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times.


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[1] Malcolm, Andrew. Barack Obama wants to be president of these 57 United States Los Angeles Times August 21, 2008

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Additional Resources:

Snopes.com. 57 States


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