(CNN) – Responding to an Israeli reporter’s question Wednesday on his commitment to protect the Jewish state, Barack Obama pointed to a bill “we passed” in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that tightens sanctions and authorizes divestment from Iran. “My committee,” he called it.
Except that he isn’t a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee – which is my committee – a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” Obama said at a press conference in Sderot, Israel.
In a press release from Obama’s Senate office the day the committee passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, Obama applauded its passage and pointed to provisions included that he had offered in the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007.
The Republican National Committee quickly responded Wednesday morning with an e-mail highlighting the gaffe. Obama’s campaign has not yet responded to CNN’s request for clarification of his remark.
UPDATE: An Obama spokesman tells CNN “it was his bill, not his committee,” referring to the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act that the Illinois senator sponsored and introduced in May 2007. The measure was then referred to the Banking Committee, and passed a vote of 19-2 on July 17.
In a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Obama told the former Israeli Prime Minister, “I could fall asleep now standing up,” after Netanyahu asked him how his whirlwind trip to the Middle East and Europe is going.
"which is my committee " is not even the royal 'we'. This guy has no idea what is happening around him. He delivers speeches.
McCain can make a gaffe regarding the surge, the location of Iran/Iraq, and forget how he voted for any veteran or women's issues but Obama slips up once and they have something to say.
Brother!!! We need to bury the RNC.
I caught that comment this morning while watching the press conference. I was surprised to hear it in that I had never heard it mentioned before in the many news casts I have watched during this contest. I got the since that it was in reference to his affinity to the committee and the potential role it might play in the Iran opportunity.
HA HA HA HA!!!! How funny. I love it how the left-wingers come out swinging when there guy makes a mistake. It is amazing how much rope obama is given though when he goofs. I believe this mistake is even bigger though because he's taking credit for something he has never done AND HE KNOWS IT!!! It does say a lot for his character. He knew that he could say it overseas and those people would be none the wiser.
Keep up with those mistakes and this game will be tied before you know it!!! :)
"Change (of fact) we can believe in"
Lately, i feel as if i've been watching Peewee's playhouse rather than actual news. People make mistakes, especially candidates, when every thing they do or say is being recorded... granted its been more noticable with McCain then Obama but still, they're both human and to err is human so its going to happen why make it out to be more than it really is?
However boys and girls, this weeks word is... "gaffe"
**SCREAMS – "WHOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAA!!!" w/ alarms and buzzers going off in the background** to provide a visual... if you don't remember peewee's playhouse...
I'm certain Obama will clear up what he meant. What will be interesting to see is how hard the McCain campaign, the republicans and conservatives will try to make this gaffe a bigger than life issue. LOL.
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Obama could come out saying he was an anti-christ but it wouldn't matter to the bots. There isn't anything that man can do wrong.
Wait – CNN must be racist by saying something negative about Obama.
adm – so your nobama is tired? So that's why it is ok to say what he did? Gee when I am tired, I don't make up lies or have delusions. Give me a break! Stop drinking that koolade and come back to reality or do you count 57 states too?
EVERYONE BETTER START REMEMBERING JIM JONES..... IT IS IN THE AIR.........WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
The press atributes major mistakes from McCain, maybe giving him the benefit of the doubt because he is old but wants to jump on every slip of tongue by Obama.
I guess it's no fun beating up the losing guy so maybe it's fair to beat up Obama
When he says "this is MY committee" he lied. He knows what committee he is on...he just wanted to look better on a foreign stage, figuring no one would know what committee he is or isn't on.
Obama has no problem stretching the truth, or misleading. However, if he is willing to do it in Israel, he certainly is willing to do it at home.
Jerry in Boston:
Typical Bot ==> adm. "Don't say anything bad (or TRUE is a better word) about Obama. Fall in line with the rest of us that believe he is a messiah."
Lisa, you go girl!
To quote some of the comments – He "did not mean to imply that he was on that committee", "he made a slip of the tongue", and "WE means the USA".
The problem is that King Obama stated, "which is my committee".
That is not a mistake. It's an intentional statement to bolster his credentials. Any reasonable and prudent person should see this.
He really does believe the hype of him being the ruler of the world. Interesting. So shall we start calling him "KING OBAMA".? He struts around like he is all that and a bag of chips.
Does he honestly think that American people are that stupid? Hope not or he'll have a rude awakening in Nov.
Obama supporters are completely brainwashed. No matter what this man does, how many lies he tells you people will never recognize him for the liar he is. He is the same ole same ole politician and for you to think otherwise shows you for a fool.
Vote Scooby Doo
The media has been looking for one little word out of place and blow it up like a big gorilla.
I cannot bring myself to vote for this guy! Too much BS sorry thats how I feel. I am still gonna vote for Hillary Clinton. She is without a doubt soooo much better than these two clowns.
CNN, please tell me that you haven't caved completely because McCain has his bloomers in a twist again! The NY Times rightly told him to come up with his own positive strategy rather than just bashing Obama's before asking them to print his editorial. Since then it seems that CNN is suddenly terrified to print anything positive about Obama or anything negative about McCain.
Where is your reporting on all of McCain's mistakes? Why do you ignore them? I see them occasionally brought out by other readers in the comments section, but not your reporters. I am smelling some cowardly reporting, because a political candidate who wants you to pander to him has accused you of – oh horror – media bias.
Dear God, Tim Russert, God rest him, would never have caved like this.
a gaffe is when a word is used improperly or when something is misidentified. To call a committee one doesn't belong to "my committee" isn't a gaffe, IT'S A LIE.
There is no "we" in "my committee"
Oh My! That's all I can say. My, my, my, I, I, I, me, me me. He sounds like George W Bush all over again. I'm sick of these egotistical idiots who will say and do anything to get elected and continue once they are elected.
Obama's arrogance is equal to Bush's. I'm sick of the both of them.
Obama made a gaffe, he will probably make more int the future. McCain made some gaffes and he will make some more in the future. Theyll be forgotten next week as a new one arises.
I need more than a sound bite before I can call it anything other than a sound bite.. I'll let Barack speak for himself as to what is being printed or said..
This is nothing to compare with McVain...
Yes ...WE...Can.. 2008, 2012
Watch the video. He actually says "...the US Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee"
That is not just a slip of the tounge. He actually pauses to stress that it was his committee.