However, [longtime Sarah Palin staffer Meg] Stapleton told ABC News the Fox News report on Africa and NAFTA was taken out of context. She explained that during a briefing session, someone asked Palin to explain the McCain-Palin stance on an issue, and as she was responding, "in the middle, she said 'country of Africa' and somebody instantly wrote it down and said, 'Oh, my God, she thinks it's a country.'"
But "she knows it's a continent," Stapleton said. "It was just a human mistake, just like Obama saying 57 states. I don't think anyone ever doubted that Obama knows there are 50 states" [Kate Snow, "Palin Aide Fires Back at Reported McCain Camp Slams," ABCNews.com, 2008.11.07].
Of course not. What right-minded citizen would ever try to foster such doubt?