Which Gates? Obama Flubs Defense Chief’s Name


obama1President Barack Obama sees his secretary of defense just about every day, but he still flubbed Robert Gates’ name today. Gates was in the crowd for Obama’s national security speech. Pointing him out, the president said “William Gates” was on hand. Perhaps Obama was thinking of Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire. The defense chief, who goes by Bob, was also misidentified at a Pentagon ceremony on Tuesday. Then, he was introduced as Ronald Gates.Gates joked then that he had recently been introduced as Bill Gates. “He’s the rich one,” Gates cracked.

{AP/Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. so what? bush did this too.
    everyone has made this mistake. its not news or relevant. people still slip up with obama and osama. gates is gates. the make the same error now iwith condi rice and the new ambassador rice. so what???

  2. If President Bush would have done the same thing there would be no end to the jokes and
    criticisms on his behalf. Here there is just
    oh he is the rich one.

  3. fyi poetry –
    bush did this all the time. no one cared. everyone did it. gates / gates. osama / obama. condi rice and susan rice.
    this is much ado about nothing/