May 21, 2009
William Gates? Close but no cigar
U.S. President Barack Obama, often chided for using a Teleprompter, erred Thursday in delivering his address on national security, misidentifying Robert Gates.
Before dipping into the prepared text of his speech, Obama said he wanted to
acknowledge the presence of some of my outstanding Cabinet members.
We've got our secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. We have our CIA director, Leon Panetta. We have our secretary of defense, William Gates, Obama said, apparently forgetting his defense secretary's name is Robert.
Gates, a CIA veteran, is a holdover from the Bush administration.