If you are the son, daughter, grandkid, or husband of the crazy old bitch who keeps calling C-SPAN and talk radio stations to claim that "Barack Obama thinks that there are 57 states," please please PLEASE tell her to belay that tired doperope.
When I first heard about this, I thought, "A politician with a sense of the absurd is over-exaggerating for comic effect."
Then I saw the above clip and realized that he was just tired, and probably said "fifty" instead of "forty." (I assumed that he was referring to the 48 contiguous states, "save one," since he mentioned Alaska and Hawaii.) You, see, I was listening critically.
Anyway: Happy Birthday to Malia and Sasha's dad.
That 57? Iceland, for anyone still reading, ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 26 June 2000. Iceland is the fifty-seventh State to ratify the CTBT.
Maybe he was talking about that.
Mmmm... Iceland... 6 minutes in Iceland...