November 26th, 2009
09:16 PM ET
13 years ago

On the menu last night: Haute cuisine...and culinary typos?

The devil's in the details, as the White House found at last night's state dinner. The admission of a pair of party-crashers wasn't the only unplanned misstep Wednesday, apparently: The New York Times pointed to a string of typos in the evening's menu. Can you spot the errors below? (Answers after the jump)


–The Riesling was bottled in “Willamette Valley, Oregon” not “Wilamette Valley”; guests were actually offered a “2007 Grenache” (not a “2007 Granache”) and a “Thibaut-Janisson Brut” (not a “Thibaut Janisson Brut”)
–The meal featured “chick peas” (not “chickpeas”)
–The dessert “Gelees” were missing an accent on the final “e”

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Josh

    CNN, are you seeing a pattern here? It's the same point that WE THE PEOPLE have been trying to get thrrough to Congress for 20 years now. We don't care which party is there as long as the the people who are there get something done! Until they do, then WE THE PEOPLE will continue to vote against incumbents.

    So, as it applies to you, quit dealing with the stuff that doesn't matter and get to work!

    November 26, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Allens47

    Who cares? I was sitting at home eating a bologna sandwich and drinking a glass of tap water after working all day to help pay for their extravagance.

    November 26, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This is your news. I switched over from Yahoo news. Please don't give me more reasons to switch back.

    November 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Austria

    This would not have happened at a European state dinner!

    November 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. CA

    It is evident that the CNN "reporter" who put this story together didn't have a clue about the correct spellings:

    'a “Thibaut-Janisson Brut” (not a “Thibaut Janisson Brut”) –The meal featured “chick peas” (not “chickpeas”) '

    – If Thibaut-Janisson Brut is supposed to be correct, "chick peas" would be correct as well the way his sentence is structured. It isn't. Shouldn't CNN get this right before nitpicking? It is sad to see CNN go downhill like this. It used to be THE place for real news back in Ted Turner's days.

    November 26, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. bill

    yeah, lets let the idiot in the white house off the hook for not knowing eenglish – he's not a native speaker anyway......

    November 26, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Howard

    Honest Abe, how can you possibly make this a Race issue??

    I agree it is ridiculous that these people will get their minute of fame however, the press, TV, etc will support that. Hopefully the Secret Service will press charges and these folks WILL end up in jail.

    November 26, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Obama 2012

    I guess this won't end until he is out of the White House. For some reason some people think he has to be perfect while the other presidents were FAR from it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Dr. Bob

    Haven't you people at CNN or anyone else who thinks this story is important got anything better to do? What a waste of time this story is.

    November 26, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. gwenz

    What's new? There are spelling errors everywhere you look, like on billboards. People don't pay enough attention to what they're writing, let alone how they speak. Like using your for you're, or aks for ask?

    November 26, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Steve

    The biggest crime here is that no beer was offered.

    November 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Peter

    This from "The Best Political Team On TV?" Really? You guys amaze me with this crap.

    November 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Delmar H. Knudson

    Most of the comments are as unimportant as the subject. It does kind of amaze that so many of the offerings contain multiple errors that would make any English teacher blush. One notes that many from right and left and outer space always use some minor gaffe, such as this, to spout their worn clichés, truisms, and prejudices. I apologize for leaving a comment on such a molehill.

    November 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Denna

    Seriously, people. This is hardly newsworthy. Also, Lynne, President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. He seems to be the only one in this country right now that cares about America and its people.

    November 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Bob Brown

    People who write that this is typical of the Obama adinistration or who blame him for this are myopic and extremely lacking in intelligence.

    November 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. c dave

    I don't see arugula. I guess Fox News lied to me.

    November 26, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Melissa

    lol, its incredibly funny that no one could be bothered to run it through a spell checker before they released it, but other than that this isn't news.

    November 26, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Johnny B

    For the number of typos I've seen in CNN articles, I'm surprised you'd print this...

    November 26, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Cliff

    How sad – the lot of you. Certainly the issue here is that our President should be able to have 1st class dinner – menu included. Does it rise to the level of CNN's news page; probably not.
    White House – get serious – this is the President of the United States. Show a little class.
    CNN – get serious – this is not news.
    Idiots out there – this has nothing to do with any previous administration.

    November 26, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Bill, the Willamette Valley ...

    It does matter.

    Just like Obama continuing Bush's illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    If the Administration can't staff the minor details, how can people know that their sons and daughters in harms way will be supported.

    November 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Marcus from CA

    HAHA! Great comments people! It is nice to see Americans are not fooled by media so much any more! Just dont lose sight of the truth. This country has made vast improvements since Obama came into office. It may not have gone back to 'good' but it certainly has gotten better. McCain and Palin would have us all living on the streets by now!

    Long live President Barack Obama!
    God Bless America!


    November 26, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Tyler

    I don't know what's funnier; the fact that people were analyzing the menu, or that the people who wrote the comments chastising CNN for reporting this actually clicked on the article and read it. My favorite has to be Vivian McPeak who thinks Obama typed these menus up himself and also believes that nobody has ever criticized Bush for his 8 years.

    November 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. parrotateit

    At this time, lets forget the typos......WHERE IS THE SECURITY? These people should be thanked for exposing the obvious flaws in White House security. Thanks goodness it was just a couple of social climbers and not terrorists!! Priorities people.

    November 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. haren

    Who cares?
    We need single payer health care bill and not this water down bill to pleased republicans in Halloween consumes of moderate democrats.
    Health of the people improve when Medicare kicks in, and this is a fact.
    We can close all fraud in medicare system and balance the budget and make medicare cover for every body.

    November 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. JKT

    First of all, if you're going to critique a written work, you'd BEST be sure you don't make errors yourself or you're throwing stones from within a glass house. The critique is unclear at best, given how many readers have confused its corrections with the original.
    Second, the copy of the menu you present for us to view ourselves is so low res that even zooming in on it about 10% of the words are illegible.
    Third, the corrections are so picayune that they are truly irrelevant. It's not as if an "ie" were substituted for an "ei" or there was a misplaced apostrophe. As an English major myself, even I'm aghast at how a couple of truly minor mistakes somehow warranted mention, let alone a story.
    And lastly, as others have said, who on earth decided this story and not the ongoing banking, medical, military, environmental, or other woes warrants it being not only on CNN but on the front page?!?
    Please remove "News" from your name; neither you nor Fox has any business claiming association that word. It's deceptive at best, fraud at worst for you to claim stories such as this are news.

    November 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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