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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. RYAN

    Sean Singleton is such a joke....he thinks we 're so stupid to believe that was a stumble.....shame on you.....

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Robert in Fayetteville, Ar.

    His name will be a lot easier to remember when it is Mr. President

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Patricia

    I agree that Obama does handle things very well. He has a calm about him that means he wouldn't get frazzled easily. I hope he doesn't use the Clinton "throw the kitchen sink" strategy as he works through this media driven madness over the word "bitter." It would mean he is stooping to her level. That would hurt him.

    April 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. julie

    Oh my gosh, real people for real man ..What country are you from?

    April 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Dee Dee

    Singleton just pught to be embarrased and return to a desk job to he learns the candidates.

    April 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. RYAN

    Sean Singleton is a disgrace to media and to our nation. I think press should to be neutral and impartial in covering. How could he ask such a stupid and idiotic comment?

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    since he knows its a common mistake why the big to-do about it?
    when someone gets our names wrong we accept their apology and say, "its okay," and move on?

    why should he be treated any differently?

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. J T

    how the heck can a person get those names mixed up, pretty much completely different (must be suffering from clinton idiocy)

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. In oregon and want change

    I think the guy honestly made a mistake, you could still hear him at the end of the press confrence asking if really had said that, and it was not intentional
    poor guy
    give him a break...

    Barack the truth Obama

    that's who I am voting for ……

    where are the signs
    I am Bitter and I want change
    Barack Obama 08

    I'll take one, heck I'll tale two

    who else wants a sign????

    April 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. PA voter


    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    God forbid we actually get to the issues.

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Sophia

    Emma April 14th, 2008 4:30 pm ET

    Hillary Clinton is not mentioned in this article. Why do you need to include her or bash her. Can you read?

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. say no to the 3 headed candidate

    CNN you are truly Clintos National Networks
    and by the way make that 4 headed candidate, as

    Hillary and McCain are one and the same

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Bikers from Big Tex

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Claude Calgary AB

    Obama needs to stay on message and not be bothered by back woods swamp water bathing fools that have nothing constructive to say with there tougue.

    April 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. IAMWMD

    I don't think it's wise for people to use the word Osama when refering to Barack because it will bite them in the *ss this November

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Skeptical in AZ

    Obama is the answer to black community's dream- so I wonder if they will stop whining, shucking and complaining when HE gets elected and does nothing more for them than the white guys before him. I'd llike to hear specfiics of his change policies- but so far he hasn't walked the walk, but sure has talked a lot. Ditto for Michelle, who has more to appreciate about this country -given that she was a high powered corporate attorney- if she can't say anything nice about the US- get her a muzzle.
    We've had 8 yrs of a President who needed in house training- and totally screwed things up-can we afford another one?

    April 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. MJ

    It's funny how a mistake from a reporter, turns the criticism from the Obama supporters into something anti-Hillary. You people are amazing. That's right, "you people"!

    April 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Never OBAMA!!!! -- NOBAMA for all the "WRIGHT" reasons

    April 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Now for Obama

    The more "bitterness" the Clintonites show, the more support Obama gets!

    Hillary is committing political suicide, she's pathetic

    April 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. TAHARI in CT 4 OBAMA

    OBAMA O8!

    No more questions of patriotism! Obama is the American who will take down Osama for once and for all!

    Vote Smart!

    April 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. McCain is a wealthy elitist

    Obama is a person full of grace. I doubt that McCain or Hillary would respond so well if they were called something other than their name.

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA


    what you’ve just wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Every one in this blog is now dumber for having read it.

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Maxine

    It's a mistake, the man mispoke and Mr. Obama realized that and put him at ease.

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. mercyline

    bravo darling

    April 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8