Obama’s stumble at UB: Wanna get away, Byron Brown? - VIDEO
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 22, 2013 @ 12:42pm
While introducing local luminaries today at University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena, President Barack Obama committed a slight blunder.
In recognizing Buffalo’s mayor, Obama confidently exclaimed “Brian Higgins!”—who’s actually the Democratic congressman for New York State’s 26th district, which includes Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We’re speculating that Buffalo mayor Byron Brown cowered a little bit lower in his seat.
When the crowd reacted with surprise—raining down shouts of “Byron Brown!” upon the president—Obama corrected himself, apologized to Mayor Brown and then quipped about the difficulties of life as a 52-year-old.
We’ll give Obama a B- for his recovery. (Also worth noting that few of those attendees immediately behind Obama applauded naively.)
Blame the teleprompter, the scriptwriter or a simple human mistake from our president, but it was an embarrassing moment for the POTUS and the long-tenured, oft-criticized Brown—the Queen City’s mayor since Dec. 31, 2005.
BuzzFeed has jumped all over the news, but the national site was a touch more complimentary of how Obama handled the predicament.
(YouTube video courtesy of the channel of Washington Free Beacon).