Top 5 Barack Obama Gaffes

A look back at President Obama's most embarrassing moments from his first year in office.
President Obama stupidly inflames racial tensions by saying that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor after a confrontation at the man's home. He later invites them both to the White House for a beer summit. More »
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Obama Makes 'Special Olympics' Gaffe on Leno Show

During an interview with Jay Leno -- the first time a sitting president ever appeared on a late-night comedy show -- Obama proved why comedy should be left to the professionals. After Leno asked him whether the White House bowling alley had been "burned and closed down" in light of Obama's gutter ball disaster on the campaign trail, Obama said, "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
During their first meeting, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama an ornamental pen holder carved from the timbers of a Victorian-era anti-slave ship. Obama gave Brown a box set of 25 classic American movies on DVD, which reportedly didn't even work. More »
In his first press conference after being elected, Obama says he already spoke with all the living presidents, and then clarifies that by adding, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances." More »
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Obama Bangs Head Boarding Marine One

President Obama knocks his noggin while turning to wave as he boards his helicopter.

More Classic Obama Gaffes

 "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something." –making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show", March 19, 2009 (Obama later called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize)

 "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system." –in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009

"What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..." –in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying "your Christian faith," which Obama quickly clarified, Sept. 7, 2008

 "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

 "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." -- defending his tax plan to Joe the Plumber, who argued that Obama's policy hurts small-business owners like himself, Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2008

"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." –speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser about his troubles winning over some small-town, working-class voters, April 11, 2008

"One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world -- Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard." –mispronouncing "Corpsman" (the "ps" is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsman's name is also Christopher, not Christian)

"I've now been in 57 states — I think one left to go." —at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon, May 9, 2008