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. Robin Wagner from ct

    OMG here they go Obama Osama .
    Sad his name is his name . I don't know what to say . This is just low down dirty snit .
    Hillary has no right to say hes a elitist . Because McCain and Hillary are richer that Barack Obama .
    Hillary with 109 million dollars .

    April 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Seattle for Obama

    his parents gave him that name..people get over it. It is not like he was born as said that is what I want or changed it. He came from Muslim roots. I know you all went to the churches, temple...etc that your parents did and made your own choices as adults. He is now a Christian of his own free will and chose not to change the name his parents gave him. get over it MY GOD!!

    April 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. mike

    Even for this, Obama supporters blame for Hillary......
    Thats how it works ... when you blindly look for CHANGE

    April 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Tampa

    This is just news for the bloggers

    April 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Deb, Texas

    This is really sad. These reporters are not making mistakes – these things are done intentionally. There are a lot of race haters in this country and the real haters are surfacing including the media. I am white, black people have been voting for white people all of my life. Now that we have a very good black candidate – hatred has surfaced and that is SAD. Thanks to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. neutral

    The truth will set Obam free:We need fresh minds,new things,new idears.

    April 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. An Agnostic Democrat

    Yes, people do make mistakes, but why is it when they lie (Hillary/Bill/ Chelsea) we accept it ,and when they make mistakes or truly misspeak (badly chosen words) we play endless reports and news reel loops of them out of context for the next week and beyond?

    This would be the same media and news teams that brought you the Iraq war by none other than George Bush and Co. without doing half the work they are currently doing to capture these ridiculous sound bytes, missteps and misstatements from the Democratic primary.
    Wait until the MSM misses the clues we are invading IRAN!

    April 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Thomas, LA

    Hello tempest, meet teapot.

    April 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Vinai Thummalapally

    Why give importance to what appears to be a simple mis-speak?
    In fact I'm wasting my time, having read the piece and now commenting on it. Let's get on with real issues facing us, not such non sense!

    April 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Marv...

    Is this story necessary? By the way, those who support Hillary shouldn't think people are so stuiped to realize when they are posting. DT.

    April 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. doug

    why is this even news? at least go back to covering clinton's pipe dream of a potential nomination...

    April 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Susan MO

    Obama is showing his side of being rude and critical. The way he talked to the people of Pennsylvania is AWFUL!


    April 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. McCain supporter

    Common Anti-Obama....let's kick Osama-Obama now..

    Here you go.......................

    April 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. vince - phoenix

    Senator Obama, it IS pretty impressive that youare still there after taking on you own party establishment, the right wing establishment, and the media...


    AND IT'S 'KILLING' THEM!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Deb, Texas

    Obama has a big heart and it disturbs me that people can't look beyond his skin and really see him for what he really is. He has been polishing rude comments since DAY ONE and no one (the media) commends him for that. However, God is in the myst and he will prevail. America needs to wake up and realize that IT IS TIME TO COME TOGETHER.

    April 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Kel from AL

    Obama is always one to not worry about petty things, and that's one reason he has my vote.

    Can you imagine if Hillary's name could be messed up that easily? All we'd ever hear is her whining about how, "It's curious you always mess up my name. Why do you do that? It must be Obama's fault, that's so curious. [shrill laugh]"

    Go, "O"! Obama 08!

    April 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Wanda Reed

    Somehow, this whole political season is getting sillier and sillier. Candiates are acting more like children all the time. I wish we would all grow up and act more responsible and elect a candidate who is willing and ready to act on day one. I am to the point of not caring who wins anymore. None of the candiates are acting very mature anymore.
    Or their supporters for that matter. How strange we americans can be.

    April 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Noah

    The slip of the tounge was not serious. However, the fact that Obama is using his mistake to attack Hillary is.

    He did not call people bitter, as the media and his campaign has spun this. He called people bigots, who cling to guns and religion. He did this not on the campaign trail, but behind closed doors to wealthy donors, who thought his remarks were funny.

    He refuses to apologize, instead making three differant excuses over the weekend and now attacking Clinton with lies about her record.

    Obama continues to get away with his "little clusmy, I regret" remarks.
    The media is scared to deal with this, and Obama is to arrogant to apologize.

    Get it people, he said people are bigots...He needs to own up to his mistake and not try and blame others. His supporters need to stop bashing Clinton for calling him out on it.

    April 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Stacy Clarks, TX

    As an Obama supporter, I really think this is just a slip-up, and is totally not a big deal

    im just loving the way Obama responds

    GO OBAMA!!!


    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Senator Obama, I think its time you stopped being a gentleman,and starting teaching Hillary a lesson. Ladies don't act like she does, so all if fair in love and war. Go after her, YOU CAN DO IT. Sincerely,

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

    Way to go Obama! It's proof that every one makes mistakes!

    April 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. jeudio Barela

    reading all the comments , I sincerly believe USA is rather a third world
    country it's also the most common European view
    USA do not desserve Obama

    April 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. P Graber

    A vote for Hillary Clinton means never having to say you're sorry to the citizens of the United States of America or the people of the world.

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

    Jim, how can you support Obama if you are so filled with hate towards /senator Clinton and those of us who support her? It is the Obama supporters who are making a mockery of this whole election. Yes, one should be judged by the company they keep - not by people with similar sounding names. Obama is no Osama - but he is the leader of political neophytes and has the endorsement of Wright and Farrakhan. That is what's telling!

    April 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    Real people for real man: You, sir or madam, are the idiot.

    The poster's name was Sean, and he brought up a fair point.

    And a person, for the record, cannot be "a sin."

    Please take the time to proof your own posts before calling another poster an "idiot."

    April 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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