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. therealmarie

    So what? Anyone can make a mistake. Lord knows CNN makes mistakes, knowingly and unknowingly everyday. Especially when it concerns information about our President.

    June 6, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Jena, NV

    That's the influence of a well-rounded President, a confident President, and a President that knows what's up and commands respect. Unlike what we had on Bush that shoves lies under the rug. May God bless you, Mr. President and may God Bless American and all right-thinbking men in this world. "We shall overcome" in Jesus name, Amen.

    June 6, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Candy Wilson

    I agree.. This was not worthy of News

    June 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Chuck

    President Obama is omnipresent and omniscient. We are all indebted to President Obama for all we have and we all thank God to be in his presence.

    June 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. anderson n carolina

    This is it? This is all you took away from today? No wonder your ratings are in the toilet! CNN used to be the place to go to for good unbiased coverage.....not anymore!

    June 6, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Leslie

    Brown will soon be kicked out as PM, many of his people resigned due to CORRUPTION. Hussein Obama is like Brown, corrupt to the bone.

    June 6, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Zero.

    47yr old Obama, remembers what happened 65yrs ago.

    June 6, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Luis

    Wow! Earlier this morning as I read the news, I thought to myself, "imagine if Sarkozy says Obama Beach." It turned out it was Brown who said it after all.

    June 6, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Rob Bob

    I don't get the central point of this article...

    The fact the P.M. Brown slipped on Omaha Beach name (which is a great and an historical monument) and named it Obama Beach instead, does it make Pres. Obama or P.M. Brown look bad?... I realy don't get it!

    Seriously, this the most confusing piece of charabia I've ever red on CNN.com...

    June 6, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. John

    Nothing comparied to John Boner at the swearing in of President Obama. That was real ignorance in action. Imagine if Armstong had stepped onto the moon....... and tripped. That's where we are at with todays republican party

    June 6, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Hayden

    I don't know if I'd listen to a word Gordon Brown ever had to say, he's on the way out, so is Obama in 2012.

    June 6, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. makesUwonder

    Brown just said what Obama was thinking.

    June 6, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Muriel Hennessy Breitenbach

    My brother, Lt. Leo Hennessy, 1st Infantry Division , landed on Normandy Beach, 65 years ago. He was with the Big Red and also was Big Red. He was 6 ft. 2, red hair, from Brooklyn, New York. Leo was killed in action 2 Marcfh 1945 in Cymich, Germany. At the time of his death he was supervising the setting up of a machine gun squad in a house which had been taken during an assult on enemy positions. He opened a shutter of a window to check fields of fire and was killed instantly from an enemy machine gun.

    He was appointed to Lieutenant on the battlefield and was awarded the Silver Star twice and the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His cousin, Kevin Walsh, an officer in the New York Air National Guard, on duty in Germany, just recently visited his cousin's grave in Belgium.

    Thanks very much to CNN for the superb reporting on D-Day and the inspiring piece by Susan Lisovicz obout her uncle, also with the Big Red,

    June 6, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Will Roth

    What buffoon forgot to invite Queen Elizabeth after all she drove an ambulance in WWII.

    June 6, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Unique and gifted

    Our President Barack Hussain Obama, is unique and respected around the world for his intelligence, vision and empathy. Instead of hoping for "his failure" we should be praying and wishing him well. His success is our success. Bushes failures caused our misfortunes. Don't you get it?

    June 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Robert

    The guy is only human. No big deal.

    June 6, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. MD

    I recall Bush at the same even fiver years ago. He looked out of place, isolated, and inferior to other world leaders. He looked more like a butler than a president of US.

    Obama looked dignified, presidential, and was given the seat to the right of Price Charles. There was an obvious respect for the President and love and admiration for the United States.

    It feels so good to be proud of being an American again.

    June 6, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Dawn in Pa

    Oh a very slip of the tongue.

    June 6, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. AKR

    It's amazing after reading comments on this site and others, that so many people around the world love and respect our new president. Yet, there are such hateful people in this country (egged on by Rush/Hannity/Gingrich/etc) who make horrible and inane comments about the president and his family. Truly pathetic.

    June 6, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. dennis

    Thats ok cause we have obama automotive. Obama banking and many more obama's to come on the near future.

    June 6, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. BJs65

    I'm glad Obama is unique. He's a class act. I am very, very proud of him!

    June 6, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. drowning in the midwest

    "Obama" its a slip of the lip get over it.
    "Bush" its he is the dumbest person ever.

    Nice people on the left. So tolerant of everyone.

    June 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And to hear the English tell it, we butcher the language!

    Let's also remember, while we're at it, the Brits scheduled the landing points for Operation Overlord and strolled ashore while we had to slug it out! Thanks, pal!!!

    June 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. conservative

    What a travesty to have these no nothing anti military jerks traipsing around on hallowed ground! Leave the greatest generation be as Obama will never hold a candle to what they accomplished!!

    June 6, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    It would have been much funnier if 10,000 Brits had lost their lives on Omaha beach trying to free America from our own ignorance.

    June 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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