Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Verbal Slips...

Grrrrrrrrrrr, someone again has become a feed for an unfortunate verbal stumble. Barack Obama's name has been mauled many a times in the past, ever since he started his sprint for 2008 White House run.

In 2007, CNN confuses Obama for Osama.

Then later in the year, around Oct'2007, the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was again bit by this tongue-twister-in-name bug. Or was it kun'fyoozhun. It was a classic mix-up and this is how it went. In this case Romney was referring to the audiotape of Osama bin Laden and holla he just mis-spoke.
"Actually, just look at what Osama - Barack Obama - said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield. ... It's almost as if the Democratic contenders for president are living in fantasyland. Their idea for jihad is to retreat, and their idea for the economy is to also retreat. And in my view, both efforts are wrongheaded."

Now thumb rule if you are contesting for the hot seat at the White House. Don't have a name that has any semblance in diction or in spelling to any of the warlord honchos. I am not joking here, many people may not be aware that Obama's full name is Barack Hussein Obama. Now, the second word in the name is/was tied with 'Hussein' tag of the military strongman Saddam Hussein.

All this tittle-tattle, doesn't end here. Even Barack and Iraq sound the same phonetically towards the later part. It's like 'ack' and 'aq' end up producing the same sound.

Now as if all this was not enough, another boo-boo happened this Monday in the presence of hundreds of news executives and TV cameras at the Associated Press's Annual Luncheon.
Dean Singleton, chairman of the AP's board of directors and head of Denver-based MediaNews Group, slipped when asking the senator if he could envision sending many more US troops to Afghanistan, where "Obama bin Laden is still at large".
Ah ha Obama bin Laden. Senator Obama like a kid had a questioning look and then goes on to say, "I think that was Osama bin Laden."

Singleton apologized for the faux pas but Obama handled the situation with a dose of humor and with a mild laugh, told the audience.
"No, no, this is part of the exercise I've been going through for the last 15 months," Obama said. "Which is why it's pretty impressive that I'm still standing here."
The crowd cheered the leader for his attitude and also offered him a sympathetic round of applause. Clap clap clap, anyways the media had a ball of a time.

Now why did this bloomer, cause so much of interest in me. Suppose someone has a name 'tanay' and just a minor adjustment of alphabets makes it 'tanya'. Now this alteration creates a hell lot of difference, do I have to say more, you better decide.

Btw, Obama, I can understand what it feels like, when one is a prey to these modest verbal goof offs. Let's not bother on these verbal slips, we have lots on our plate to do, you continue on your campaign and let me continue with my mazdoori.

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At 11:49 PM, Anonymous guru said...

I suspect the slip is deliberate.
With a name like Barak Hussein Obama, he may have to answer some serious questions about his identity once he becomes the Democratic candidate. There will be more such slips to come. One question is why did he not change his name years ago when he started ateending the church. All these slips are doing is to strengthen the candidacy of John McCain.


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