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Smart Power: Obama Repeatedly Botches Dignitaries' Names on Foreign Trip

Steve18 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:13 PM
I probably would have done the same thing..names in a totally foreign language, with inflections that the English speaking tongue just can't negotiate without training, is very difficult...What bugs me still is his calling me a "corpse man". The term corpsman has been around for over a hundred years, describing a Navy field medic trained to serve as medical aid man with the US Marine Corps...and it is pronounced "core", not "corpse".
Joel176 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:20 PM
Actually, these kind of gaffes are precluded with effective briefings from his staff.

However, its known that briefings, like the daily security brief, or debate prep is below his skill set because he is so astute (in his mind) that he can carry the day with his soaring rhetoric and vast intellect.
Jon Russo Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Competent advisers are there to help a POTUS NOT look like an idiot.

I know. For Obama, it is a Herculean task. But still, we should expect more from a Nobel Prize winner.

President "Smart Power" at work.  Oops:

As Obama stood next to the world's most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting. Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate's name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee. The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar's reformist new President Thein Sein - a name he also botched. As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart "President Sein," an awkward,...