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. JC in SC

    Has anyone noticed that the Osama . . . I mean . . . Obama supporters can't spell?

    April 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. I used to be a Democrat

    Darth Vadik, CA:

    With candidates like Obama and Hillary, I'm glad I'm not a Democrat anymore either. Pathetic.

    April 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. NO OBAMA

    A Freudian slip, or parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is believed to be caused by the unconscious mind.

    April 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Matt

    Wow, some of America is truly ignorant. Not voting for someone because of their middle name? All I can say is get out of the dark ages, and wake up!

    April 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. ***AMERICAN***

    All of you are funny!

    April 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Kentucky

    I am stunned that Hillary Clinton was not blamed for that.

    April 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Joseph Adewole

    This man..Obama, is very intelligent; l cannot think of any other person that fits the White House. Forget about Hillary; the lier will soon tell another one that will indeed make her shame.

    April 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. wisdom

    We're with you Skeptical in AZ. NObama Period.

    If not Hillary, then McCain! There is NO other option!

    NoBanana for 08

    April 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. sally

    The Clintons and McCains are worth over 100 million and Senator Obama is worth less than 2 million. Who is doing the math here? Hillary and John have been in Washington and among the Elitists for to long. Senator Obama '08

    April 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Cynthia Rapak

    Whoops,

    As native of a small town in Pennsylvania, Birdsboro,
    I was intrigued by this slip. Forgive me if I sound like
    a James Carville, attack dog, but upon reflection,
    as a white woman old enough to be "typical",
    with sincere reflection, I had to ask myself,
    if McCain and Clinton perhpas were unconsciously
    using a code word, in their recent charges of "elitist" when
    if they were truthful might confess they could
    be reacting deep in their subconscious
    with rage/anger to an outdated stereotype "uppity N.....

    God Bless!

    April 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. John Aston

    The problem for Obama is not that he loses, but that he wins.
    Once he's in the White House and faced with 2 million people losing their houses next year, rising unemployment, $5/gal. gasoline, and no one able to get credit anywhere, his followers will be throwing away all of those votive candles they've been carrying around for him.

    April 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Dolly

    Isn't his real name Barry? So actually he did choose it. Imagine that.

    April 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Funny, Funny, Not!

    Had I been in Sen Obama's place I would have given a definitive NO! for my answer, and immediately follow that up with. WHY SHOULD I? You really should get your story straight 'OBAMA BIN LADEN" IS NOT AT LARGE.

    April 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Hello from Ontario, the world is watching.

    Why are so many people making such a laughing stock, and mockery, of the American voting system?

    April 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Deb, IN

    I thought this was pretty FUNNY!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Concerned Voter

    Obama is not a self-made man. He began his education in a prep school in Hawaii and then graduated from Harvard. He, nor the other candidates, for that matter, are in touch with the small or big town workers of America. I don't think that any of the slurs that have come from Obama's campagin, or Hillary's, or McCain's, or any of the blogs or listserves where their supporters post, are appropriate. Is this the best this country can do during an election cycle? Obama's only problem is that he told us he would run a different, more enlightened campaign, a promise that he has not kept.

    April 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Yeah! Oops! RIGHT! Even on Situation Room this afternoon, the woman reporting for Wolf, brought up Rev. Wright....... IT IS as if the media and powers-that-be are doing their level best to destroy Sen. Obama!

    PLEASE! Let's get back to the issues, stop the toxic attacks and obvious insinuations!

    OBAMA 08!

    April 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Cat

    Love it! A leader who is great enough to laugh at himself while in the process putting others at ease. Diplomacy.

    April 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. woody

    Obama tells the truth (even though it hurts sometimes).

    the only thing Hillary is capable of is Lies. Lies. And more Lies.

    April 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. HP Boston

    IT IS as if the media and powers-that-be are doing their level best to destroy Sen. Obama!
    ---------------–
    He is destroying himself! It is His Pastor, not Hillary's
    It is his wife that is not proud to be an American.
    It is he and his wife who purchased the bargain of the Century (21) on a mansion.
    It is who who speaks of guns and religion and bigots in small towns.
    Look at the book and it's cover, can you read? It will make you bitter.

    April 14, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Asifo

    The subconscious routing the conscious to reflect the inner mind, so BO you need no apologies. The Americans and the world knows the differences between American Most Wanted (AMW) and American Most Loved (AML). BO is AML and OBL is AMW

    April 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Typical American. Unable to see past their own views and spread hate and bombs around the world. PATHETIC.

    April 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. ds

    Handled with dignity and respect. We could use more of that around here.

    Maybe if he'd wear his flag lapel pin more often, this wouldn't happen. It's hard to tell what side you're on without a good lapel pin.

    April 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Paul

    YOU ARE STILL STANDING, BUT NOT FOR LONG ...
    VOTE TRULY DEMOCRAT
    VOTE FOR CLINTON AND SUPPORT THE MOST EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE AT THIS TIME
    WE JUST HAD ENOUGH FROM OBAMA'S DEMEANING WORDS. BTWY, HE JUST DISENFRANCHISED FLA, MICHIGAN AND EVEN DARED TO LOOK DOWN AT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE ARE NOT FRUSTRATED, ARE YOU PLAYING DR PHIL ON OUR VALUES? THAT HATRED BELONGS TO YOU AND YOUR PASTOR MR OBAMA, SO PLEASE GIVE UP.

    HILLARY-WE ARE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!!!
    HILLARY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    April 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. luci

    Time to talk about issues that affect the people, do not act as a cry baby, stciks & stones hurt bones, names will never hurt you.

    April 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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