Gov. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., earlier this week suffered a regrettable gaffe when he assumed that a Hispanic student at a College Republicans event at the University of Georgia was in the country illegally.

“There’s a fundamental problem that can only be resolved at the Congressional level and that is to deal with the issue of children, and I presume you probably fit the category, children who were brought here,” Deal said, addressing Lizbeth Miranda, a Hispanic student who was participating in the event's Q&A session, according to CBS46.

“I’m not an illegal immigrant. I’m not,” the student responded. “I don’t know why you would have thought that I was undocumented. Was it because I look Hispanic?”

“I apologize if I insulted you. I did not intend to,” Deal said.

Yeesh. That's almost as uncomfortable as the time Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel jokingly asked an Indian assistant professor at the University of Nebraska if he was “a member of the Taliban.”

Simple rule: Don't assume anything about your audience. Because you know what happens when you assume.

(Hat tip to Mediaite for flagging this.)