When Obama says Pock-i-stahn I have an uncontrollable urge to read the New Yorker and find some Chardonnay. Fortunately I have an old copy of NR and a Coors Light to snap me back to reality. Seriously though — no one in flyover country says Pock-i-stahn. It’s annoying.
Most overwrought pronunciation of the night: The academic way that Obama says “Pakistan,” with a soft “a” – reminscent of a 1980s “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which newscasters over-pronounced “Managua, Nicaragua.”
Here in America, we reserve the right to tell people the way their names should be pronounced. You wouldn’t catch any haaaahckey maahms pronouncing Pakistan with a soft “a,” nosirree bob!