I’m including this in the OOTD annals because it qualifies and it got a few e-mail nominations, but it’s also not a bad moment for President Obama, either. He gave a speech at the Kennedy Center for their Kennedy Honors presentation and stumbled twice over the same word — “superfluous.” Instead of pretending nothing was wrong, though, Obama tried using a little humor:
Look, everyone who speaks for a living has a word or two that routinely trips them up; for me, it’s “politicization,” which comes out sounding a lot like Obama’s “superfluous” here. And once you screw it up the first time, it usually gets worse the second time. The best thing — or the least worst thing — to do is laugh at yourself, as Obama does here.
Still, file this under “if George W. Bush did this,” or maybe in this case, Gerald Ford.
Note: Barring any major gaffes, this will be the final OOTD for 2010. Starting tomorrow, we’ll have polls each day to choose the Obamateurism of the Year!
Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at [email protected] with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.
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