Reporter: "She wasn't actually able to name all the countries in North America"
Jon: "She can't name 'em, but she knows 'em. I mean, there's us, there's gay us to the north, and burrito place..."
There's a small problem with that joke. Here's a hint: these are the countries in North America (not including territories):
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States
How many of those could you name? Oh, what's that? You thought North America only included Canada, the US, and Mexico? Damn, how stupid are you???
The story is that Sarah Palin couldn't name the countries involved in NAFTA. The signatories of NAFTA are Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Yes, the name's a bit misleading, since that's only 3 of the 23 independent nations in North America, but this is basic gradeschool stuff. Stop it.
To be clear: From what I've heard, there were two separate things Palin didn't know: She didn't know the signatories of NAFTA, and she couldn't name all of the countries in Central America (which is part of North America). From what I could tell, she knew Central America is part of North America, which Jon Stewart didn't know. Stop making fun of her for that; you can't name all of them, either.