On Monday, I kind of took a jab at my wife over her saying that they killed Obama Bin Laden. Well, I apologize because everybody seems to be having trouble getting the name right. Now, normally I would laugh at the fact that FOX News got it wrong. I’ll let you stew on that for a bit. However, it seems that CNN, local news affiliates and even people can get the names mixed up just as much as Geraldo Rivera.
Check out 1:02 for the huge fail.
Now, as I was coming back from lunch during my day long sit-and-wait-to-be-told-that-I wasn’t-going-to-be-picked-for-jury-duty, I passed by one of the televisions which was showing HLN. The crawl at the bottom was “NYC FIREFIGHTERS REACT TO OBAMA’S DEATH”.
As an amateur humorist and lover of all things quirky about language I have to find the funny in all this. In our time, we have had a murderous Al Qaeda leader named Osama Bin Laden and a President of the United States named Barack Hussein Obama. Now, what are the odds that, one day, these two people with similar sounding names would cross paths where one would end up being killed during the others Presidential term? It boggles the mind.
As we move through the life cycle of this news story, there will probably be countless other grammatical slips and I hope that we have the common sense to realize what they are and move past them. However, I’m sure somewhere in the White House, Michelle is asking her husband about his ‘other wives’. At least, I hope she’s joking about it.
With that, I leave you with the only possible to tie this all together.
Dave at the 67th Annual Academy Awards
March 27th, 1995