June 6th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Brown slips on 'Obama Beach'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown misspoke during ceremonies for the 65th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach, France,Saturday.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown misspoke during ceremonies for the 65th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach, France,Saturday.

(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.


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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Brenda

    I really don't think this is worthy of a story. That was a wonderful ceremony today and this is all CNN can come up with right now on the ticker?

    June 6, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. steve raymond

    well, at least obama does not put his name on the side of a building

    June 6, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. jeff

    Obama Beach- maybe Gordon Brown knows something we don't – MTV's planning their next reality show.

    June 6, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Tom Jonesman

    This is clearly the most critically important news of the week.

    June 6, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    Interesting to see his facial features so distressed....there is more going on in this world than is being told....time to ask some 'real' questions about the economy throughout the world.....no more lies to the public....

    June 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Oh Simmy you made my day...just can't stop laughing while visualizing the comment....good one!

    June 6, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Solas

    Obama is the Chosen One. He will bring peace to our divided world.

    Blessed Be Barack.

    June 6, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. ben

    Wait, obama doesnt own the beach?

    June 6, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. mel in Fl

    We are so proud of you President Barack Obama. we walking with you.

    June 6, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Tatianna

    President Bush is genuinely tongue-tied, mangling his syntax and mispronouncing names. Obamas scripted moments burnish his creds and perpetuate his myth, but the unscripted moments reveals very limited knowledge and his lack of insight.

    June 7, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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