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Another ‘Gaffe’ That Wasn’t

Toby Harnden, who penned a story about the president and vice president’s top 10 gaffes last week, does some detective work about another rumored gaffe. Did

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 25, 2009

Toby Harnden, who penned a story about the president and vice president’s “top 10 gaffes” last week, does some detective work about another rumored “gaffe.” Did the president really become so TelePrompTer dependent that he accidentally thanked himself after a speech? No. Harnden has the pool report from Obama’s appearance with Irish Taioseach Brian Cowen.

Then it was Cowen’s turn, and he was in for a surprise. ‘We begin by welcoming today a strong friend of the United States,’ he said–then stopped in surprise as he realized he was reading President Obama’s speech off the teleprompter. ‘Why don’t these things work for me?’ he asked, as the crowd roared. ‘Thank you for having us. Who said these things were idiot-proof?’ Then he got his bearings and gave the same talk that he delivered in the East Room.  When he ended, at 8:12, Obama stepped to the microphone and said, ‘First, I’d like to say thank you to President Obama…(much laughter). Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everybody.’ Then we were escorted out.

It was a joke that bloggers mutated into a “gaffe.” IHatetheMedia.com even wrote a FOIA request asking the White House to “free the tape.” If it is “freed,” of course, it’ll reveal that the bloggers at IHatetheMedia don’t know how to read or do reporting.

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Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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