Barack Obama-isms: The Biggest Obama Gaffes

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President Barack Obama may be the president, but he still flubs his lines like most politicians. These are the best "Obama-isms" as far as we can tell. These are the 44th President's classic gaffes and funny outtakes. From his time in the Senate to his time during the 2008 elections, President Obama has commited a number of verbal blunders and we expect to hear more from our President until the end of his first, and possibly only, term.



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    I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go.

    "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."

    At a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

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    ...ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed.

    "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed."

    On a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

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    The middle east is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.

    "The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries."

    Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010

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    Fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today.

    "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

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    After bowling a 129 obama says it's like -- it was like special olympics, or something.

    "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."

    Making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show", March 19, 2009 (Obama later called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize)

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    Ups and fedex are doing just fine, right?

    "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

    Attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

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    It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns...

    "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

    Explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters

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    Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.

    "Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions."

    Exasperated by reporters after a news conference

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    Israel is a strong friend of israel's

    "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain...administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change."

    Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

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    I'm here with the girardo family here in st. Louis.

    "I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis."

    Speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

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    You're absolutely right that john mccain has not talked about my muslim faith...

    "What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..."

    In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying "your Christian faith," which Obama quickly clarified

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    Communicating to the dead: a nancy reagan seance

    " I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances."

    After saying he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepared to take office, Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2008 (Obama later called Nancy Reagan to apologize)

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    Says that grandmother ...is a typical white person...

    "The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, you know, there's a reaction that's been bred in our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."

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    ...spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

    "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. "

    Defending his tax plan to Joe the Plumber, who argued that Obama's policy hurts small-business owners like himself, Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2008

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    Unaware that he's not on this committee: u.s. Senate banking committee - which is my ...

    "Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee -- which is my committee -- a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon."

    Referring to a committee he is not on, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008

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    Let me introduce to you the next president -- the next vice president of the united states of ...

    "Let me introduce to you the next President -- the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden."

    Slipping up while introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008

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    Hold on one SECOND, sweetie.

    "Hold on one second, sweetie, we're going to do -- we'll do a press avail."

    To a female reporter for ABC's Detroit affiliate who asked about his plan to help American autoworkers

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    How's it going, sunshine?

    "How's it going, Sunshine?"

    Campaigning in Sunrise, Florida

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    A term in austrian - does not exist

    "It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing."

    Confusing German for "Austrian," a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009

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    The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies...

    "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

    In remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009

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