Sen. Joe Biden’s gotten a lot of unsolicited advice on how to curb his gaffe habit, but he might start by practicing his running mate’s name.Well Biden is 65, so he should be forgiven for a mental lapse or two or three. Plus most people feel that attacking a political candidate's age is akin to ageism and only liberals do that.
Three times during his inaugural speech as Barack Obama’s vice presidential candidate Saturday, Biden butchered Obama’s name — in different ways. Biden called Obama “Barackal Bama” and “Barack Obaman,” as well as — perhaps most bizarre — “Barack America.”
Obama, by his own admission, has a “funny name,” and Biden did get it right at least a dozen times in his speech.
But the mispronunciations did not go unnoticed. The campaign cleaned up the “Barackal” and “Obaman” slips in what it billed as a “verbatim” transcript of the speech sent out shortly after Biden wrapped up. And it replaced the “America” in “Barack America” with an ellipsis.