"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." (source)
But this is just one of many "Obama Gaffes". In fact, there's an entire website devoted to Barry's Blunders: Obama's Gaffes: How many more gaffes until we can call him Stupid!
There was the strange ban on green for Obama staffers in the Middle East. The Weekly Standard has an Obama Ignorance Watch that highlights Obama's bloopers and lack of general knowledge when addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It seems that the Left is willing to overlook all the things in Obama that they ranted about for the past 7 years with Bush.
They don't care if he has never run anything in his life.
They don't care he's a novice politician and a fledgling when it comes to foreign policy.
They are perfectly fine with him "learning in the job" and surrounding himself with "smart people that can guide him through."
They are willing to turn a deaf ear to all the quirky gaffes that would have adorned placards and t-shirts had Bush uttered them... Things like: "Um, let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.” ~Barack Hussein Obama
I give up.