You Say Osama, I Say Obama

Let’s call the whole, thing off.  No, really, I mean it.

I get that Senator Barack Obama has a funny, and politically unfortunate name.  It’s worse when you throw in his middle name (Hussein), and personally I have always wondered what made him choose politically against using the “Barry” he went by in his earlier years.

Yesterday, while in Greenwood South Carolina, Mitt Romney had a “slip of the tongue” wherein he used the Democratic presidential candidate’s name when he should have used the name of Osama bin Laden, as you might remember he would be the head of a little known terrorist organization named al Qaeda.

“Actually, just look at what Osama — Barack Obama said just yesterday,” Romney said, according to the Associated Press. “Barack Obama calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield.”

Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden called the remarks a “brief mix up.”

“Gov. Romney simply misspoke,” he said. “He was referring to the recently released audiotape of Osama bin Laden and misspoke when referencing his name.”

To give Romney the bennie o’ doubt or not, that is the question.  I’m going to go ahead and tentatively say yeah.  It was an extended gaffe, but ultimately one I don’t think was planned out, nor one that was intended to do any harm, though all things considered I would have appreciated more of a response from the Romney camp in the way of  an apology.

No, I would expect the Republican candidates, and I know that there are many out there who would think my expectations are foolish, would at the very least be mature enough to not go the same route that you find in the comment threads of some of the more antagonistic conservative bloggers.

2 Responses to “You Say Osama, I Say Obama”

  1. mick says:

    …I know that there are many out there who would think my expectations are foolish…

    Well, kinda, yeah. Since when has anybody been able to call the Republicans “mature”?

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