Sen. Barack Obamaâs name has been mangled plenty of times, though not always in the presence of 1,200 news executives and TV cameras.
It happened Monday at The Associated Pressâs Annual Luncheon, where the Democratic presidential candidate spoke and took questions. Dean Singleton, chairman of the APâs board of directors and head of Denver-based MediaNews Group, slipped when asking the senator if he could envision sending many more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, where “Obama bin Laden is still at large.â
Obama gave a quizzical look and said, âI think that was Osama bin Laden.â Singleton quickly replied, âIf I did that, Iâm so sorry.”
âNo, no, no,â the senator said. He called it âpart of the exercise that Iâve been going through over the last 15 months, which is why itâs pretty impressive Iâm still standing here.â
The crowd laughed and gave him a sympathetic round of applause.