April 17, 2012

Obama makes an "uncharacteristic" gaffe -- not like G.W. Bush

The Telegraph (UK) notes that President Obama made an "uncharacteristic" gaffe the other day by calling the Falklands Islands -- known as the Malvinas in Argentina -- the "Maldives." And it did so by pointing out ... that George W. Bush was more prone to such blunders:

Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W. Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.

While President George W. Bush certainly made his fair share of gaffes, one can certainly wonder if the former chief exec was indeed more apt to make such errors, or whether it was the media -- in this case the foreign press -- that highlighted them more often than it does those of our current president. For example, take Oliver Burkeman's "homage" to Mr. Bush in the [UK] Guardian just prior to the former president's departure from the White House in 2009: "The gaffes, the gibberish, the gurning. Admit it: there's a part of him you're going to miss" he writes. He then includes the memorable moment of Mr. Bush walking into a locked door while in China, followed by just about every memorable verbal/grammar gaffe of his presidency.

The [Australian] Telegraph had fun with Bush's "phonetic teleprompter," and the Guardian offered up "George Bush's finest gaffes." The BBC pointed out his mistakes in a terrorism speech.

The [UK] Daily Mail giggled at the former president mixing up Austria with Australia, while the aforementioned BBC certainly had fun with the former president's blunders with British royalty. Ironically, our current  president thought that Austrian was an actual language, and he's had his own share of gaffes with regards to the British and their royalty.

So, are such blunders, verbal and otherwise, "uncharacteristic" of President Obama? Let's take a look at some classics:

Newsbusters forum member Blonde has a handy-dandy reference guide for many other such goofs by our current chief exec.

The question to the UK Telegraph is: Was your sub-headline an actual fact -- or a blatant editorial opinion?

(Cross-posted at Newsbusters.)

Posted by Hube at April 17, 2012 04:46 PM | TrackBack

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Hi, DS.

Would you mind changing the link in both of your posts (here and at NB) to the link on my blog page, please.


Many thanks.....and keep on posting it! And of course, let me know if I've missed any.

Many thanks,


Posted by: Blonde Gator at April 17, 2012 10:59 PM

Here's the blinkin' Falklands, and here's the blasted Maldives OVER HERE! There's a bloody ocean between them, laddy!

Posted by: If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap at April 18, 2012 12:24 AM

Blonde: Done! :-)

Posted by: Hube at April 18, 2012 07:49 AM