(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.
Is there anyone out there who doesn't believe by now that Obama is a total FRAUD? This is how he's running.......ON FRAUD and MISREPRESENTATION!!!! There is NOT one person in this country who can Name One Contribution by Obama since he became a Senator. Obama whines that he 'wants to change and be a leader' ...yet for all his 3 1/2 years in the Senate, Obama has contributed NOTHING. We don't need this Green Horn as President.
and how come McPhony and his hourly gaffes never get even a mention....conservative biased media at its finest
Lisa....how much does McCain pay you? good God i would rather a President say 57 states than one who does not know that Iraq and Pakistan are not border countries....oh boy i know you vote for Bush twice, there's no other excuse.
Mike, Syracuse, NY...i am sure you will get something right ...one day..lol
He's doing a fine job haters, eat your hearts out.
Whoops. Just wait,the MSM will have this on the news for the next six weeks,as McCain's had coverage for just six hours.
Obama is an idiot! I somewhat understand the youth of America being duped by him, but what is wrong with the adults of this Country, or CNN or newspapers? Something is very wrong here.
Big deal. He meant bill, not committee. Thanks RNC for pointing out the mistake though. At least you're not sleeping like your candidate. How did you get around McCain's gaffe regarding the true timeline (pardon the pun) of the surge - I think I missed that.
Boy, this is no shock. let me guess.like Hilary Clinton on the sniper fire, he will say he misspoke?? You have got to be kidding me. Already a great liar, now I can see why he wants to president. An ego, a liar, 130 days in Senate out of 3 yrs as a senator?? Why shouldn't every idiot in the world want him ?
Get with the program people, dump the media child now!!!
This is pretty typical of Obama. His overly inflated ego lets him live in a fantasy land.
Obama rarely shows up in the Senate. It's no wonder he doesn't know what committees he's actually on. Obama needs to come home and vote on the issues and by the way, a hurricane just hit south Texas. There's a "photo op" opportunity right there.
I fthis is the worse mistake that Barack makes, God bless him. Unlike the McCain's mistakes of calling Puting the President of Germany or referring to the country of Czechoslovakia, this really is very minor. Barack will be able to get some more rest and be back on his A game. McCain doesn't have access to a time machine to knock off a few decades!
The Worst President In Modern History, and his flunky, Mini McGoo wants to stay the course. Not if I can help it.
Sorry..............'WE' ....was explained as 'My Committee.' It ain't so. We call this 'lying and misrepresenting the truth'.......Take your choice.
Ok CNN. You got the one gaffe you guys have been hounding Obama all week to get. Oh my, the sky is falling. Big deal. Get a life.
"WE , means the USA"
MY means mine, as in "my commitee", which it isn't. How could Obama not know what commitee he does or doesn't belong to?
That's fine, CNN can report each canidate gaffes. Just make sure you keep everyone honest and report the many gaffes from McCain along with the few from Obama. After all, you guys "keep them honest".
Does anyone honestly believe that Barack does not know how many states we have, really?
The Messiah mis-speaks once again. Next he will invent the internet.
How can someone be in the US Senate and not know what committee (s) they are on? Seems like a major goof b y our goof proned inexperienced candidate. this is the guy appointed by Howard Dean?
Seems almost like the Messiah Obama talked about the lack of progress in the SURGE. What a girlie man!
For Obama's edification, the surge is working and has worked and will work. Who does he think he is, parading on the world stage like someone who knows what is happening.
Give me a man with experience and sound judgment like John McCain. Obama is wrong on experience and wrong on judgement. He is strong on blowing with no substance. obama should listen more and pontificate less. What a blowhard.
Le Chat qui fume
Its a simple mistake and before the republicans use this as an opportunity to crucify Obama, they should take a good hard look at their candidate's gaffe record. I think its like Obama -3, McCain – 39
The Messiah couldn't have made a mistake.
CNN why don't you report gaffe after gaffe made by Mccain first before jumping on obama.
his hair has gotten grayer since the start of his campaign! it's ok, bammy, we still love you :)
Hmm, leaves you to wonder. If he can’t keep straight what committees he is on, how many sessions has he actually been present for.
Anybody up for guessing how many votes this guy has been there to debate and vote recently on as well. There ought to be a law that requires a Senator or Congressman to step down when campaigning for higher office.
First of all its not a gaffe, more of a misstatement- he meant his bill which it was. Not an Iraq/Pakistan Border or Anbar Awakening- that is not knowing the truth
Lies, Lies all Lies. This man HAS to lie to make himself look good to whoever he is talking to. I am sick to death of him and all the cult members who follow him.
Wake up America before it is too late!!