April 14th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama confronts another 'Obama-Osama' stumble

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Watch the mix up Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It’s an unfortunate verbal stumble that’s plagued politicians, pundits and journalists - including CNN - this campaign season: the sound-alike names of the world’s most-wanted terrorist and the leading contender for the Democratic nomination.

Monday, the top executive of The Associated Press was the latest to make the slip. Dean Singleton was addressing a question to Sen. Barack Obama about the strategy he might use in a part of the world where many believe Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still based.

“…Can you imagine shifting a substantial number [of troops] of Afghanistan - a substantial number to Afghanistan where the Taliban has been gaining strength and Obama Bin Laden is still at large?” Singleton asked the Illinois senator at The Associated Press annual meeting.

Obama himself corrected him, to the delight of the crowd. “I think that was Osama Bin Laden,” he said.

Singleton apologized for the gaffe, but Obama said the correction was becoming habit by now: “This is part of the exercise I've been going through over the last 15 months - which is why it's pretty impressive I'm still standing here.”


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  1. Hans Meiser

    Obama handled this incredibly well, and it shows that he's quick on his feet and not easily swept up.
    He isn't perfect by any means, but he speaks the truth even when it hurts.
    Hillary is a despicable liar and nothing else, she will throw anything and everybody under the bus.
    McCain's doing a lot of flip flopping lately and I feel it's because he is not willing to lose votes because of a firm stance; see housing market intervention (do nothing -> we'll help) for example.
    I really believe Obama will do this country good and steer us in a better direction.

    April 14, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. John

    Well, he is a radical muslim with a middle name of Hussein! He hates white people. He was mentored by the idiot, Reverend Wright. What do you expect?

    April 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Phyl

    Folks, until Hillary Clinton and her demeaning comments are off the air, and voters realize that the true Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the wagging finger pointed at you and the condesending annoying voice coming your way, she will continue to hand the election to John McCain. Pack your bag Hillary and head to the Big Apple.

    April 14, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. CITIZEN X

    I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MANY WHITE/BLACK AMERICANS LETS THE MEDIA DECIDE YOUR FATE. IT'S UNREAL. I DON'T PAINT EVERYBODY W/ A BROAD BRUSH STROKE. BUT, ACCORDING TO POLLS ALOT OF U DO. HOW COME EVERYTIME BARACK OBAMA SAY'S ANYTHING & HILLARY CLINTON MAKES A SPEECH OR PROTEST ABOUT IT . IT'S NATIONAL NEWS.......ALL U FICKEL MINDED PEOPLE BLINK. I HOPE THE SUPER DELEGATES HAVE MORE HEART THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HERES MY MESSAGE TO WHITE & BLACK AMERICA. YOUR PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY ANY OF THESE POLITICIANS. THEY ONLY WANT YOUR VOTE TO CONTROL YOUR MONEY! (3$TRILLION) THEY WILL USE YOUR TAX MONEY TO KEEP YOU SEGRAGATED. THEY WILL USE YOUR TAX MONEY TO SPREAD HATE & WAR. & LAST BUT NOT LEAST THEY WILL USE YOUR TAX MONEY TO IMPRISON YOU IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. THERE IS A GLOBAL MELT DOWN GOING ON. FOOD CRISIS,GLOBAL WARMING, & THE EVER RISING FUEL COST OF LIVING. IF THE PEOPLE WON'T DEMAND TRUTH & FAIRNESS FROM THE PRESS YOU WILL ALL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. DON'T ALLOW THEM TO SHAPE YOUR HEART W/ PETTY RHETORIC. LOOK INTO THE HEART OF YOUR LEADERS LISTEN TO THEM SPEAK HALF TRUTHES TO DISGUISE FULL LIES! THEN DECIDE WHO IS THE LESSER OF THE EVILS. UNFORTUNATELY THOSE ARE YOUR ONLY CHOICES. I HAVE TO SAY IN CLOSING EXACTLY WHAT PART OF BARACKS LATEST STATEMENT IS SO CONCERNING TO YOU CLUELESS PEOPLE? IN WHAT PART OF RURAL AMERICA ARE THE PEOPLE WILLING TO GIVE UP THERE GUNS & RELIGION IN A TIME OF RECESSION & DEPRESSION? HONESTLY WHITE PEOPLE BARACK IS 50% YOU & 50% BLACK PEOPLE. (THAT'S NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN) HOW MUCH FARER CAN IT GET? IF U STIFFEN YOUR HEART FOR SUCH PETTY THINGS BE PREPARED FOR YOUR STIFF HEART TO BREAK INTO 300+ MILLION PIECES WHEN YOUR COUNTRY FALLS APART.

    April 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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