July 23rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama incorrectly claims membership of Senate committee

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.obamasderot.ap.jpg caption=" Barack Obama claimed to be a member of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which he is not."]

(CNN) – Responding to an Israeli reporter’s question Wednesday on his commitment to protect the Jewish state, Barack Obama pointed to a bill “we passed” in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that tightens sanctions and authorizes divestment from Iran. “My committee,” he called it.

Except that he isn’t a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee – which is my committee – a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” Obama said at a press conference in Sderot, Israel.

In a press release from Obama’s Senate office the day the committee passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, Obama applauded its passage and pointed to provisions included that he had offered in the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007.

The Republican National Committee quickly responded Wednesday morning with an e-mail highlighting the gaffe. Obama’s campaign has not yet responded to CNN’s request for clarification of his remark.

UPDATE: An Obama spokesman tells CNN “it was his bill, not his committee,” referring to the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act that the Illinois senator sponsored and introduced in May 2007. The measure was then referred to the Banking Committee, and passed a vote of 19-2 on July 17.

In a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Obama told the former Israeli Prime Minister, “I could fall asleep now standing up,” after Netanyahu asked him how his whirlwind trip to the Middle East and Europe is going.

soundoff (474 Responses)
  1. Straight Talk Distress


    Even Tiger Woods makes mistakes... But He is still the best the world has ever seen..

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Debby, NJ

    Okayyyyy, and?

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Why is this news. Everyone knows Obama has been trying to take credit for everything that happens.

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. James B. New Jersey

    This is the type of press Obama has gotten his entire campaign. Both the good and the bad but McCain gets only the good or no reporting at all.

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. alone in VT

    anything, anytime, anybody can count on pledges or support from this great man.........(wink)

    I can promise you anything you want to hear as well, vote me in VP this November.........

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. The truth will set you free!

    Wow, this man is either a liar or just very stupid! Most likely both. Does not even know that he does not belong to this committee....to much!

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. James B. New Jersey

    There isn't much good so that is why he gets very little air time.

    July 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Chris

    He lied plain. Plain and simple. He knows what committee he is on. He has no experience and has not done anything noteworthy (and yes, this includes being a community "activist"). He has to lie in order to make himself sound credible.

    July 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Susan

    This is nothing! At least he doesn't take credit for the "great" surge, the GI Bill, and that oil prices are dropping a little bit. Can't wait to hear the nonsensecial spin McLame and the Morons will put on this.

    July 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Who in the world is surprised? His so-called 'change' is the same old pandering and lip-service that has been the democrat mantra forever. He reminds me of Kerry, say whatever the crowd in front of you wants to hear and don't worry about the truth because you will never have to face it anyway.

    July 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. CT

    Obama's arrogance and ignorance are starting to break through his smoky rhetoric.

    July 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. rachel

    He is always taking credit for someone elses work what else is new?

    July 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Chris

    By the way, he should thank CNN for reporting it as a "gaffe" and not calling it what it is . . . a boldface lie in order to gain some undeserved credibility.

    July 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Cynthia from Miami

    Why no news stories on CBS editing McCain's incorrect response to question in interview? Is CNN owned by CBS?

    July 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Nicole, NJ

    Duh, for anyone saying he is lying....PLEASE! Everything he's doing is being watched! A "liar" wouldn't lie about things that anyone or his brother could find out with one click of a mouse! HOW RIDICULOUS!

    July 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. sk

    Don't you just love this rubbing shoulders with heads of states like he already was the President. Unreal. This man is power hungry. November will be a big surprise! One will never know what comes out of his mouth.

    July 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Well fair is fair. If we are gonna jump on McCain for his goofs, then we must jump on Obama for his.

    Personally I am not letting any goofs influence my voting decisions. People misspeak. It happens.

    But some of the goofs (on both sides) are pretty funny.

    July 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Tim, Seattle

    Lisa, you are really that uninformed or you just being a punk?

    There were 57 contests including caucuses and US territories who arent states. Barack was correct. His only error was callling it states vs contests.

    But hey nice try, meanwhile your candidate McLAme is drifting slowly to senility.

    "I know I should have taken that left turn at Chechoslovakia"

    July 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. McCain is too old

    Ooooh, Ooooh, Ooooh....

    Yeah, this is news worthy of the ticker.!

    Obama is the only sane choice!

    July 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. arlene, CA

    So What!!! McSame makes MAJOR errors over & over & just shruggs them off as tho it is nothing. The press needs to call him on these errors. McSame doesn't know what he is talking about. Obama has gotten high praise from all the countries he has visited. Obama was right from the beginning and he is right now. Obama for Prez 08

    July 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    I think the news media should give all the attention to McCain like he wants...that will be a boost to Obama seeing as how MCain never has any idea about what he's talking about.

    July 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Frank, Missouri

    McGaffe's camp should rather lay low for a while and not bring up any gaffes ... it would be a perfect opportunity for Obama's campaign to be 'forced' to list McGaffe latest 'hits'.

    July 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Debby

    The War of the Gaffe's. LOL

    July 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Tasha S.

    I just looked this Iran Sanction Accountability and Divestment Act up on Obama's senate web site and THIS IS TRUE! Some of you need to do research for yourselves!

    July 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. No Bam Bam


    Obama supporters will have a tough time dancing around this one......but they will. Just like their idol!! Right off a cliff.


    July 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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