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.”
and the press is supposed to be pro-Obama!
Wait and see ridiculous accusations by Hillary supporters against Obama now....
You people are sick...
Lets see if Hillary or her gutter loving supporters jump on this one too they seem to love this sort of thing.
Go Obama 08
what's sick is the Obamites who are venomous with their attacks on anyone who does not worship Obama. People make mistakes and move on. Obama handled it fine. Time to move on.
This one is the first I've seen that sounds like a real stumble. Every other comment like this was purposeful and offensive.
We've never had a President named Hitler or Stalin, and I feel comfortable that we won't have one named Hussein either!
this shows Obama's brilliance, that he doesnt create too much of a fuss about these issues and "mis-statements" but he does make a subtle point.
he is presidential, so much more than McCain or Hillary, who is just a nightmare of a politician.
who cares. Obama has muslim roots. why not admit it? I have never seen anyone so ashamed of their middle name. Anything to get the nomination, i guess. Maybe Obama is like Micheal Jackson.... a little bit of plastic surgery and he is right there...
Obviously, the journalist didn't mean to offend, and Obama didn't make a big deal out of it. CNN, we have more crucial concerns you should spend time reporting on.
let me guess...the new "narrative of the week" for the Clinton campaign is: "you see...you see....even the AP can't see the difference between Bin Laden and Barack....he's completely unelectable!! tell all ye supder delgates, that guy that's leading in everything is unelectable, i tell ya!"
Look! I betcha he did that on purpose and he probably was a republican
Shame on Singleton. He mis spoke; must be a Clinton supporter.
Can't wait until September...
That'll probably will confuse people world-wide, over and over again,
if Obama is elected. Hopefully, it won't accidently lead to World War III.
This guys has overcome so many insurmountable obstacles...People think that the press is against Hilary...when your only quality is declaring yourself a fighter while hiding in the shadows of your husband...and you fight everything, everybody, everywhere...you shouldn't complain. Barack is about bringing people together and lifting people up and not tearing them down. How can you not love this guy!
I'd rather have a president who gets mistakenly called the wrong name by the press.
Than a president who really doesn't seem to know the difference between Sunni's and Shi-ites.
Sen. Obama I'm sure is way ahead of this game when it comes to his name. He surely wasn't born yesterday!!
Sen. Obama is accutely aware that his run or Presidency would mean a very close scrutinization on everything about him, his name, his family, etc. YOU take all these issues into serious consideration BEFORE you annouce your are running for a political office.
I think this just proves just how immature and hypocritical the media and the Clinton supporters can be on the silliest of issues.
The media is FOCUSED on one thing and that is to bring "chaos" in everything it reports on whether it's truth or crap. They are in the business to deceit and spin the truths to their financial and political advantage. It behooves me to think that they are above reproach.
you people on here, by this i mean this posting are insane, totally insane.
Senator Obama's responses to all of the questions this morning were brilliant!
America is going to be VERY lucky to have a person of this caliber in the White House in January 2009.
people need to wake up. HRC owes $$$ for campaign ads. she donates $$$ to her own campaign. she lies about sniper fire ( which I would remember very clearly ecspeically with my child with me) is ready for the 3 am phone call ( however was tired when she "mispoke" about bosnia (lied I do mean) people quiting her campaign left and right and people part of her campaign going behind her back to the columbians (including her own husband) crossing party lines stating " only she or McCain are ready to be president ( to me leaving us dems to are on devises is she doesn't win the nom) NOW TELL ME WHY WE WOULD WANT HER RUNNING OUR COUNTRY I have my own bills to worry about then to have her running up more to GWB's tally that we as taxespayers would have to pay back. she can't even run her campaign with owing money and having key people around her going under cover.
OBAMA 08 – 12
That is a bunch of bull for someone who has been working with the press for as long as he has to make a mistake like that...IF it was a mistake
You sea you are idiot simple and direct.
I hope cnn will post this comment.
Sea you are a sin foolish and stupid. I guess you know i am talking to you , u posted ur comment at 3:57pm ET.
never mind, i was aiming that at the Clintonites ready to jump up and go after it
**Oh Goody. Hillary and her harpies have something to talk about THIS week.
Okay, so the press wants President McCain -
So, why doesn't Hillary just offer herself to be McCain's VP?
The aristocrats would love that ticket!
She's a Republican anyway (a former "Goldwater girl"), at least as much as she's a Democrat; and that would be a perfectly balanced ticket.
It would also be the only way Hillary could salvage any further career in politics.