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.”
Sean Singleton is such a joke....he thinks we 're so stupid to believe that was a stumble.....shame on you.....
His name will be a lot easier to remember when it is Mr. President
I agree that Obama does handle things very well. He has a calm about him that means he wouldn't get frazzled easily. I hope he doesn't use the Clinton "throw the kitchen sink" strategy as he works through this media driven madness over the word "bitter." It would mean he is stooping to her level. That would hurt him.
Oh my gosh, real people for real man ..What country are you from?
Singleton just pught to be embarrased and return to a desk job to he learns the candidates.
Sean Singleton is a disgrace to media and to our nation. I think press should to be neutral and impartial in covering. How could he ask such a stupid and idiotic comment?
since he knows its a common mistake why the big to-do about it?
when someone gets our names wrong we accept their apology and say, "its okay," and move on?
why should he be treated any differently?
how the heck can a person get those names mixed up, pretty much completely different (must be suffering from clinton idiocy)
I think the guy honestly made a mistake, you could still hear him at the end of the press confrence asking if really had said that, and it was not intentional
give him a break...
Barack the truth Obama
that's who I am voting for ……
where are the signs
I am Bitter and I want change
Barack Obama 08
I'll take one, heck I'll tale two
who else wants a sign????
God forbid we actually get to the issues.
Emma April 14th, 2008 4:30 pm ET
Hillary Clinton is not mentioned in this article. Why do you need to include her or bash her. Can you read?
CNN you are truly Clintos National Networks
and by the way make that 4 headed candidate, as
Hillary and McCain are one and the same
Obama needs to stay on message and not be bothered by back woods swamp water bathing fools that have nothing constructive to say with there tougue.
I don't think it's wise for people to use the word Osama when refering to Barack because it will bite them in the *ss this November
Obama is the answer to black community's dream- so I wonder if they will stop whining, shucking and complaining when HE gets elected and does nothing more for them than the white guys before him. I'd llike to hear specfiics of his change policies- but so far he hasn't walked the walk, but sure has talked a lot. Ditto for Michelle, who has more to appreciate about this country -given that she was a high powered corporate attorney- if she can't say anything nice about the US- get her a muzzle.
We've had 8 yrs of a President who needed in house training- and totally screwed things up-can we afford another one?
It's funny how a mistake from a reporter, turns the criticism from the Obama supporters into something anti-Hillary. You people are amazing. That's right, "you people"!
Never OBAMA!!!! -- NOBAMA for all the "WRIGHT" reasons
The more "bitterness" the Clintonites show, the more support Obama gets!
Hillary is committing political suicide, she's pathetic
No more questions of patriotism! Obama is the American who will take down Osama for once and for all!
Obama is a person full of grace. I doubt that McCain or Hillary would respond so well if they were called something other than their name.
what you’ve just wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Every one in this blog is now dumber for having read it.
It's a mistake, the man mispoke and Mr. Obama realized that and put him at ease.