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Even Obama can make a mistake

April 13, 2009 | 10:19 am


There have been many comparisons between Obama and Bush during the early days of the new president’s administration,  and what seems to be a pattern is, out with the old and in with the new. Republican critics chafe at Obama seemingly getting away with everything.

Those critics can rest assured: Even someone as eloquent as Obama can misspeak.

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:

“And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy [sic] in that region,” according to the transcript.

The gaffe blew the key quote and could present some problems for journalists, who will be forced to work around it.

But it will be more interesting to see how many, if any, people complain that Obama is being given a free pass compared to his predecessor.

What are you feeling? Has Obama been given too long of a honeymoon period by the media?

-– Michael Muskal

President Barack Obama cheers on children before blowing the whistle to start the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)