On Wednesday (Dec. 28th), President Obama created the Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments, in Utah and Nevada, respectively. Later the same day the White House took to Twitter to tout this taking of territory.
Unfortunately, the administration’s tweet featured a picture of a completely different national park, the Three Gossips at Arches National Park. (I hate that when that happens!). That park was created in 1929, well before Obama was born, and was re-designated a national park in 1971, so he can’t take credit for its existence. The parks are hours apart by automobile and have distinctly different geological features.
This federal faux-pas led Utah’s Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, whose staff first noticed the error, to tweet: “If you’re going to take 1.3M acres of land, at least use the right photo…”
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a congressman and Chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, joined in the Twitter teasing, stating, “Classic @WhiteHouse pic is Arches not monuments. Couldn’t find a pic of Bears Ears & doesn’t even know where it is. #WorstPresidentEver.”