April 14th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama confronts another 'Obama-Osama' stumble


Watch the mix up Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s an unfortunate verbal stumble that’s plagued politicians, pundits and journalists - including CNN - this campaign season: the sound-alike names of the world’s most-wanted terrorist and the leading contender for the Democratic nomination.

Monday, the top executive of The Associated Press was the latest to make the slip. Dean Singleton was addressing a question to Sen. Barack Obama about the strategy he might use in a part of the world where many believe Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still based.

“…Can you imagine shifting a substantial number [of troops] of Afghanistan - a substantial number to Afghanistan where the Taliban has been gaining strength and Obama Bin Laden is still at large?” Singleton asked the Illinois senator at The Associated Press annual meeting.

Obama himself corrected him, to the delight of the crowd. “I think that was Osama Bin Laden,” he said.

Singleton apologized for the gaffe, but Obama said the correction was becoming habit by now: “This is part of the exercise I've been going through over the last 15 months - which is why it's pretty impressive I'm still standing here.”

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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Dave

    and the press is supposed to be pro-Obama!

    April 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Jim Shimmer

    Wait and see ridiculous accusations by Hillary supporters against Obama now....

    You people are sick...

    April 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. honkey white guy from cali

    Lets see if Hillary or her gutter loving supporters jump on this one too they seem to love this sort of thing.

    Go Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Awaiting moderation to infinity and beyond

    what's sick is the Obamites who are venomous with their attacks on anyone who does not worship Obama. People make mistakes and move on. Obama handled it fine. Time to move on.

    April 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Slowpoke

    This one is the first I've seen that sounds like a real stumble. Every other comment like this was purposeful and offensive.

    April 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. I used to be a Democrat

    We've never had a President named Hitler or Stalin, and I feel comfortable that we won't have one named Hussein either!

    April 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. pj

    this shows Obama's brilliance, that he doesnt create too much of a fuss about these issues and "mis-statements" but he does make a subtle point.

    he is presidential, so much more than McCain or Hillary, who is just a nightmare of a politician.

    April 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Obama SPIN KING

    who cares. Obama has muslim roots. why not admit it? I have never seen anyone so ashamed of their middle name. Anything to get the nomination, i guess. Maybe Obama is like Micheal Jackson.... a little bit of plastic surgery and he is right there...

    April 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. peacenow

    Obviously, the journalist didn't mean to offend, and Obama didn't make a big deal out of it. CNN, we have more crucial concerns you should spend time reporting on.

    April 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. sean

    let me guess...the new "narrative of the week" for the Clinton campaign is: "you see...you see....even the AP can't see the difference between Bin Laden and Barack....he's completely unelectable!! tell all ye supder delgates, that guy that's leading in everything is unelectable, i tell ya!"

    :eye roll:

    April 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. DT

    Look! I betcha he did that on purpose and he probably was a republican

    April 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Andrea

    Shame on Singleton. He mis spoke; must be a Clinton supporter.

    April 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. RealityKing

    Can't wait until September...

    April 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Carolina

    That'll probably will confuse people world-wide, over and over again,
    if Obama is elected. Hopefully, it won't accidently lead to World War III.

    April 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. O8AMA

    This guys has overcome so many insurmountable obstacles...People think that the press is against Hilary...when your only quality is declaring yourself a fighter while hiding in the shadows of your husband...and you fight everything, everybody, everywhere...you shouldn't complain. Barack is about bringing people together and lifting people up and not tearing them down. How can you not love this guy!

    April 14, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Janice

    I'd rather have a president who gets mistakenly called the wrong name by the press.

    Than a president who really doesn't seem to know the difference between Sunni's and Shi-ites.

    April 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Ellie

    Sen. Obama I'm sure is way ahead of this game when it comes to his name. He surely wasn't born yesterday!!

    Sen. Obama is accutely aware that his run or Presidency would mean a very close scrutinization on everything about him, his name, his family, etc. YOU take all these issues into serious consideration BEFORE you annouce your are running for a political office.

    I think this just proves just how immature and hypocritical the media and the Clinton supporters can be on the silliest of issues.

    The media is FOCUSED on one thing and that is to bring "chaos" in everything it reports on whether it's truth or crap. They are in the business to deceit and spin the truths to their financial and political advantage. It behooves me to think that they are above reproach.

    April 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. b

    you people on here, by this i mean this posting are insane, totally insane.

    April 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Texas4Obama

    Senator Obama's responses to all of the questions this morning were brilliant!

    America is going to be VERY lucky to have a person of this caliber in the White House in January 2009.

    April 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Seattle for Obama

    people need to wake up. HRC owes $$$ for campaign ads. she donates $$$ to her own campaign. she lies about sniper fire ( which I would remember very clearly ecspeically with my child with me) is ready for the 3 am phone call ( however was tired when she "mispoke" about bosnia (lied I do mean) people quiting her campaign left and right and people part of her campaign going behind her back to the columbians (including her own husband) crossing party lines stating " only she or McCain are ready to be president ( to me leaving us dems to are on devises is she doesn't win the nom) NOW TELL ME WHY WE WOULD WANT HER RUNNING OUR COUNTRY I have my own bills to worry about then to have her running up more to GWB's tally that we as taxespayers would have to pay back. she can't even run her campaign with owing money and having key people around her going under cover.

    OBAMA 08 – 12

    April 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Independent

    That is a bunch of bull for someone who has been working with the press for as long as he has to make a mistake like that...IF it was a mistake

    April 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Real people for real man.

    You sea you are idiot simple and direct.
    I hope cnn will post this comment.
    Sea you are a sin foolish and stupid. I guess you know i am talking to you , u posted ur comment at 3:57pm ET.

    April 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. b

    never mind, i was aiming that at the Clintonites ready to jump up and go after it

    April 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. greylox

    **Oh Goody. Hillary and her harpies have something to talk about THIS week.

    April 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. cettel

    Okay, so the press wants President McCain -

    So, why doesn't Hillary just offer herself to be McCain's VP?

    The aristocrats would love that ticket!

    She's a Republican anyway (a former "Goldwater girl"), at least as much as she's a Democrat; and that would be a perfectly balanced ticket.

    It would also be the only way Hillary could salvage any further career in politics.

    April 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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