Obama Corrects ‘Obama bin Laden’ Slip

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 14, 2008 2:52pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller and Cullen Dirner Report: Sen. Barack Obama quickly corrected a slipup about his name Monday at the Associated Press’ annual luncheon in Washington, DC.

Dean Singleton, board chair of the Associated Press and a longtime newspaper executive, asked Obama about the possibility of shifting troops into Afghanistan to fight against the al Qaeda leader.

"Can you imagine shifting a substantial number of Afghanistan — a substantial number to Afghanistan where the Taliban has been gaining strength and Obama Bin Laden is still at large?" Singleton asked

Obama, clearly a bit agitated, quickly interrupted him, “I think that was Osama bin Laden,” the Democratic candidate said, and then took a big gulp of water from the glass next to the podium.

Singleton quickly apologized.

"If I did that I’m so sorry," he said.

“No, no, no, this is part of the -– part of the exercises that I’ve been going though over the last fifteen months,” Obama said, “Which is why it’s pretty impressive that I’m standing here.”

The audience applauded Obama’s quick retort.

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

After the event, an embarrassed Singleton could be heard off camera, but on microphone, telling an unidentified man: "Can’t believe I did that. I didn’t think I did. But he said it so I assumed I did. So, certainly wasn’t on purpose."

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