(CNN) – Even in a stirring, somber moment, the president’s last name can prove vexing to some.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown misspoke on stage during ceremonies for the 65th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach, France, Saturday.
Discussing U.S.–Great Britain cooperation during the invasion, Brown said, “Next to Obama Beach, we join President Obama in paying particular tribute to the spectacular bravery of American soldiers who gave their lives”.
He stumbled again on a second reference to Omaha Beach before saying it correctly.
There was no reaction on the face of President Obama during the slip as he sat next to Britain's Prince Charles.
For Brown, the visit to Normandy was an escape from political pressures at home, where his government is under fire and a number of Cabinet members resigned this week. In a move some thought may be an effort to help the embattled Brown, the White House said Friday that Obama had called Brown on the eve of the trip to discuss the world economy and his speech to the Muslim world.
The White House statement noted, “President Obama looks forward to seeing Prime Minister Brown in Normandy on Saturday where they will continue their conversation.”
But even the respite from domestic politics for Brown didn’t bring an end to his rough week.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama, in the weekly address, discussed his plan to reform the "broken health care system" in the country.
"Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve – it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer," he said in the address, which was taped during his trip overseas.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (CNN) – World leaders joined military veterans in northwest France on Saturday to pay respects to those who lost their lives 65 years ago in the D-Day landings of World War II.
President Obama, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Britain's Prince Charles are among those who attended a ceremony in a coastal cemetery that is the final resting place of many who lost their lives in the decisive operation.
"The battle of Normandy decided the outcome of the war," said Sarkozy, the first to speak.
It was "won by soldiers 20 years of age who killed so as not to be killed." The French president described the horrors of the battle, where so many died before they were able to land that "those who did make it ashore waded through the bodies of the dead and wounded that floated in on the tide."
He cited a letter from a U.S. soldier who said the day "was like a waking nightmare. The ground was so strewn with bodies that you could practically cross the beach without touching the sand."
"Never, never will France forget," he vowed.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during a welcoming ceremony as they arrive at the prefecture of Caen on June 6. Photo credit: Getty Images.
NEW YORK (CNN) – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor isn't just facing tough scrutiny, she's the target of some peculiar death threats, too.
According to a complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney's office, John Zaubler "called 911 and stated that he was going to kill Judge Sonia Sotomayor by blowing her up."
The bizarre complaint charging Zaubler with one count of making a terrorist threat also says that his motive for the assassination was "because he did not want his girlfriend to have to go to prison," although it provides no further detail.
The complaint also states that Zaubler threatened to blow up President Barack Obama.
The 48-year-old New York resident allegedly made the call just after 10:30 p.m. on May 30. Zaubler was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday via videoconference from the courtroom at Bellevue Hospital where he was being held, according to a report in Newsday.com.
He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Calls to Zaubler's attorney were not immediately returned.