Saturday, October 11, 2008

Barack Osama?

This is the mother of gaffes, as gaffes go. Sure it will have a lot of election officials go red in the ear, white in the face, green behind the ear, whatever....

The New York Times magazine has this story.

"This week, hundreds of absentee ballots were sent out to voters who are registered in Rensselaer County with the names of two presidential candidates on them: John McCain and Barack Osama. Yep, that's right, Osama.

"Both Democratic and Republican officials insist this is a typo, but according to the Albany Times-Union, everyone feels pretty embarrassed. Roughly 300 voters received the ballots. "Is it a Freudian slip, intentional act or a mistake?" asks the paper. "Voters are sure to have opinions, and one pol pointed out that the letters 's' and 'b' are not exactly keyboard neighbors."

Anthonybhai has a different take, "What men, this Obama guy has potential, hahn, he and that other bhidu, whassisname, John Macdonald, something, they are slugging it out, it's the dirtiest presidential fight so far I have seen, men. What am I bothered, here with the markets down and vegetable costing a fortune." Anthonybhai says this and turns to his job of selling soaps and detergents for a living.

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