Thursday, July 31, 2008

Obama continuing tradition of presidential misspeak?

The demands of running for President are hard on people, and with the 24-hour news cycle and the scrutiny of the entire world on you, it's hard to keep things straight sometimes. That may be a big reason why "misspeaking" happens, something President George W. Bush has been crucified by the press for and Obama appears to be starting a habit of. Here's an example of Obama misspeak:

During Sen. Barack Obama's remarks to the press today in Amman, Jordan, he meant to assert that the United States would continue to strongly support Israel. But this is how that sentence came out as he answered foreign policy questions on a broad range of subjects:

"Well let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's," he said, according to a transcript of the press conference.


Back in May, Obama made another gaffe, where he said that he had visited 57 states with one left to go:



I'm not pointing this out to make Obama look bad, but merely to illustrate that these gaffes are likely the result of the difficult job of campaigning, and, in the case of Bush, of being president. If it continues in a potential Obama presidency, I'd like to see some of the people who have savaged Bush for his misspeaking apologize.

I won't hold my breath, as it seems most will just go on to savage Obama, as is the case with David Letterman in the below video. That's politics!



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