This morning, the White House sent out a correction on what the president meant to say:The M-W dictionary defines:
"Internationally, we've gone through a **Teutonic [tectonic] shift in the Middle East that could have enormous ramifications for years to come."
Definition of TECTONICAt least Obama did not call it a Paradigm shift. His other recent gaffe was to sign a guestbook with a 2008 date.
1: of or relating to tectonics
2: having a strong and widespread impact "a tectonic shift in voting patterns"