October 24th, 2007
06:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama questions Romney's slip of tongue

Obama on Romney's "slip of tongue"

DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - At a "meet the candidate" event, a prospective voter jokingly asked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, if he could describe the differences between himself and Osama bin Laden - a name he was mistakenly called Tuesday by Mitt Romney.

The Democratic presidential candidate took the opportunity to light-heartedly respond to the slip of tongue by the former Massachusetts Governor.

"Oh well, Mitt Romney's been very confused about this." Obama said.

"I have a lot of trouble growing a beard, I don't have a lot of facial hair so that's a good place to start." Obama continued, "He lives in a cave."

Later, Obama was asked if he could avoid being "swift-boated" and if he could stand up to Republican attacks. This time, the Illinois senator took a more serious tone towards Romney's gaffe.

"I don't worry about getting swift-boated. I guarantee you they will go after me...We've already seen this and I think you know when Romney starts saying this stuff sometimes it may be honest mistakes, sometimes not. You don't know," said Obama.

"I have no doubt that there will be some of that trying to make into this foreign, you know odd, clearly black person and to scare people."

Obama reiterated he was "prepared" for whatever was thrown at him and that he would "come right back at them."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla


soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Who cares neither of you will win.

    October 24, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. stan pitts p.a

    Way to go barack!!! good answers!!! we need a fighting democrat not a sitting duck like hillary obama 08!!!

    October 24, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    I just watched Chris Mathews Hardball and he was ranting that Hillary has the race all locked up. Of course a New Bogus Poll.. "She's at 100% !! Everyone just Stop campaigning it's over!. I'm Not saying Chris is an Idiot! Obama getting 10,000 folks, 20,000 at events all across the US. Obama raised 2.1 MILLION in 2 days from his supporters. The largest number of donors. But yet Chris declares Hillary the winner.

    October 24, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Romney isn't even a pimple on Obama's bumper sticker. Obama can eat Romney for lunch. They make stupid jokes about Obama because that's the best they got. I'm sick and tired of the politics of fear, the wars of greed, the misinforming of the American people. I'm ready for someone that can actually end war and actually bring America together.

    I'm ready for Barack Obama. If you're not in the know about him yet, listen and educate yourselves. He's the best shot we've got at a future.

    October 24, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. Laura Tulsa OK

    This is comical. Obama has no executive experience, in fact he doesn't have any experience making decisions , managing budgets, securing the nation. SO he is campaigning on – – what exactly ?

    October 25, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  6. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Wake up America!

    Vote for decency, creativity, and the rational approach of this intelligent
    authentic natural leader.

    Lets be proud of America, again!

    Do the right thing and vote for the smartest guy in the room.

    Baaarock the vote!!!

    October 25, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Sam, IA

    Yep, Batten down the hatches Obama. The hate radio and Fox lackeys will be making this (slip) of the tounge often. When you have no record to defend, you have to make meaningless childish attacks on your opponent. If you think republicans will run on thier record, you are deluded.

    October 25, 2007 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  8. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    What's the difference between Coulter's "slip of the tongue" about Jews and Romney's "slip of the tongue" about Obama? Give up? Romney's a genuine idiot. I'm so sick of the neo-cons playing the misnomer game w/ Obama. I could think of a few for Romney, McCain, and Giuliani but this post would probably get scrapped by moderators.

    October 25, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  9. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Obama keeps looking more presidential, and the GOP candidates keep looking more inept, hateful, and buffoonish.

    October 25, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  10. Karen,nj

    If the Republicans want to play dirty then so should the Dems. This is 2007, and what it comes down to is you get no ones respect if you let them walk all over you. SPEAK UP, OBAMA!!!!

    October 25, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    What a great opportunity for Mitt to explain whether he is confused or just a fool!

    In case anyone can't tell the difference, I'll explain: Obama is the one our government is going after, and Osama is the one who's walking around free as a bird.

    October 25, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Robison in Wallingford, CT

    You can do it, Obama!

    Most people are sick of those attack ads anyway. They imply that we can't make up our own mind.

    They're insulting in that way.

    Obama '08!

    October 25, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Anonymous

    October 25, Islamabad (AP): US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan and Western Pakistan report little success in finding Barack Obama, purported leader of al Qaida. Sgt. William Castle of 117 Mechanized Infantry stated, "All we found was this 'Obama 2008' sticker".

    October 25, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. A. Burns

    Those of you bashing Mitt on this one – remember that in 2005 Sen. Kennedy (D) made the same mistake. In fact, he bobbled the Osama Obama thing even worse. CNN also had to apologize for a headline labeled "Where's Obama?" on a story about Osama. Get over it people. Mitt is a bit too smart to try and do that on purpose. Obama is smart to pretty much ignore it – he knows better.

    I'd like to see Obama v. Romney next year, so I'm pulling for both. It would be nice to have two candidates that have strong moral fiber (not necessarily religious) and the ability to make good changes. Romney would fix washington and our economy – Obama (almost typed Osama!) would fix the democratic party and make them stand for something again. Here's hoping.

    October 25, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I would welcome that as well, A. Burns.

    New people, with new ideas.

    It is funny, Kennedy and a supposed major news network CNN does it, and it is a "mistake", a Republican does it and he is satan.

    October 25, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. RuthieM

    Mitt Romney needs to get his act together and then maybe come back after he's learned not to insult American Senators, and try running for the presidency in 2016. Right now with these so-called 'slips of tongue' names, and it isn't the first time, the only place Romney should be is in elementary school.

    October 25, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. guysdigdirt, San Diego, CA

    Did you all get so backwards and insulted when your mom called you by your brother's name on accident. what a bunch of inbred hypocrites and richard craniums.

    October 25, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. jama, Sweden

    it is the old-we-can't-tell-them-apart
    joke and it is getting funnier sense Bush, because now it may not be a joke but just dumness

    October 25, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |