Barack Obama stands firm against the rise of a deep evil somewhere in the world:
And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy in that region.
The President meant “piracy,” of course, but apparently couldn’t read the word correctly off of the Teleprompter. Andrew Malcolm notes that this was no throwaway line, and Obama’s delivery of it will create some work for journalists quoting it:
This morning, Obama used the word “privacy” when he meant “piracy” in speaking about the resolution of the crisis off the coast of Somalia. The White House in its official transcript acknowledged the mistake …
The gaffe blew the key quote and could present some problems for journalists, who will be forced to work around it.
Why? Hasn’t the Obama administration also put privacy in the crosshairs?
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