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

Obama confronts another 'Obama-Osama' stumble

CNN

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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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    Dear Mr. hello April 14th, 2008 4:29 pm ET,

    If Obama is not form the US, you are probably a native American, aren't you? A poor boy who doesn't even know his own origins!

    April 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Smedley Butler

    Bums -both of them

    April 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. gary

    NOSTRADAMUS READ UP ON THIS ELECTION. HIS PREDICTIONS HAVE BEEN 100% SO FAR. HE EVEN PREDICTED HITLER ,ONLY LEFT HIS L OUT OF HIS NAME. AMERICA BETTER WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE. HE PREDICTED THIS ELECTION TOO. LIKE HE SAYS THINGS CAN BE CHANGED ,BUT WE HAVE TO DO THEM. VOTE HRC.

    April 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Percy

    His pastor is the problem. Not his name.

    April 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. nick

    I am from Canada and I find ridiculous that some people find it funny that people are mistaking Obama's name with Osama. Only in America things like that are seen. People that say they would vote Mcain if Obama was the nominee are hypocrits. They are the same people that say they want the war to end and yet, are willing to vote for someone that wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years, someone that admited not knowing much about the economy. All of that, just because Obama is black....

    April 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. gary

    CAROLINA. YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO WHAT IS PREDICTED BY NOSTRADAMUS IF THIS ELECTION GOES O.B.

    April 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Mike

    It was an honest mistake, he should have said: "NObama."

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Wise Dem.

    Some of the comments here are laughable

    It is my hope that after the primary, who ever is the democratic nominee- Obama or Clinton, we would all rally behind s(he) to oust the Republicans and prevent a Buch Third Term.

    Dem 08

    April 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. jp/michigan

    Read: Obamas Iraqi Oil for Food connection, americnthinker.com Obama name was brought up in the Rezko trial today.

    April 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Colie Brice

    Obama 08 – we don't care what the AP or CNN thinks, big media's reign is over. SO is the Bush/Clinton dynasty

    April 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Chris - PA

    I DO NOT want Obama as our president. No thank you.

    April 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    jp/michigan,

    whatever dude

    April 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Carol

    HAAAAHAAAAAHHAAAHHAAA !!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Obama will be President

    Mistakes happen...let's not try to read into this in any way...Please, we're not that ignorant......are we?

    April 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Hillary 08

    The only thing Obama can do is TALK, and with Hillary we will get action on day 1!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Shelby

    Well handled Mr. President!

    April 14, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Marie

    Singleton – If you can't get the news right – Get out of the news.

    April 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. say no to the 3 headed candidate

    oops make that four, with McCain now added.
    by the way, the so called bloger here called "gary," aka Hillary supporter and campaign staff (one can tell clintonites, they write in capital letters, like Billarys, they love attention).................. and the nostrademus stuff, pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeee

    this is 2008, and if you know history and have studied abroad and read well, you would know what Nostradamus mean............

    hellooo had to be a clintonite supporter..........incredible

    April 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. L

    Which one is the worsiest Dem Candiate, Obama or Clinton?

    Clinton who mispoke about Bosnia or OBAMA who he insulted Americans, Jeremiah contoversy, Rezko controversy , his terrorist friend who attacked america in 9/11. Don't get fooled! No matter how Obama portrays himself as the man of hope he was still leaking.BEWARE by this man(very dangerous in our country).

    April 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. A rose, by any other name,

    smells just as sweet.

    April 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. ***AMERICAN***

    That is tact and grace. What do you think Billary? I mean Hillary.

    April 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. JC in SC

    Yes, Obama you're still standing there and Osama is still at large. But my Mama always taught me: Two wrongs don't make a right!

    April 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. K. Arden

    . . .How do people like Singleton qualify for executive positions?

    April 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. In Chicago

    Impressive indeed – Obama knows how to handle "gaffe's" with grace.

    April 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Andrea S. Austin Texas

    Obama is and will be the downfall of this country should be become our next president. God help us all!

    April 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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