Political pundits like to label gratuitous political gaffes as "unforced errors" — mistakes that come out of right field without warning or reason.
These events are given extra analysis because they are unexpected and uncalled for — usually offhand or just plain unthinking statements or actions that enjoy a long shelf life in this social media and cable television driven world.
Many conservatives misinterpret the president's — and his surrogates' — consistent, predictable actions as examples of such unforced errors.
"You didn't build that." was not a rhetorical mistake by the president, but rather an...