Barack Osama? – Ooops! Was it an honest mistake?

Barack Osama?

Barack Osama?

According to CNN’s Political Ticker Blog, this Rensselaer County (near Albany, NY) ballot was accidentally printed with Barack Obama’s name mispelled.  Hmmm… What do you think?  Was it an honest mistake?  Was it a freudian slip? Depending on your view of things, this could be filed under extremely funny or extremely disturbing.  Let me know what you think about it in the comment section. 

14 Responses

  1. Legally, were anyone to cast a vote for 1A, the vote would be forfeited, since that’s not how Barack Hussein Obama spells his name.

  2. I heard about this on TV this afternoon. I think it’s possible that it’s an honest mistake–I’ve seen Joe Biden accidentally call him that too. However, there’s definitely a few nutcases out there that would do this on purpose. We will probably never know.

  3. I’d say extremely funny, although the ‘b’ and ‘s’ keys are quite far apart…

  4. I think Kurt’s wrong on this one. It’s a typo and box 1A is clearly the Democratic ticket. Still… you just never know do you.

  5. It’s a type-o. But they do need better proofing. C’mon.

  6. I can’t imagine they would use the ones with the typos. That would be a disgrace and disrespectful (and has nothing to do with party preference). Each candidate deserves the respect of having his or her name spelled correctly.

  7. @Kurt: Thanks for the comment. They didn’t use the middle names of the other cadidates either though, so that might not hold up in court. Hmmm… interesting thought though.

    @DeadRooster: Your right, even if it was intentional, there is really no way to prove it.

    @Brad: Ha, yes, the ‘b’ and ‘s’ keys are certainly not right next to each other. Hmmm… good point!

    @snow-bey: There have been typos on ballots before. It’s just that this one happens to really stand out. You are right… you just never know!

    @Max: Brad has a point, the ‘b’ and ‘s’ are pretty far apart. Perhaps the person typing the ballot, had just read or written an article about Osama. Hmmm… something to think about. Thanks for the comment!

    @Anthony: I agree, each person deserves the respect of having their names spelled correctly. And, this far out from the election, you would think that there would be plenty of time to correct it.

  8. 1 mistake, on top of it, its the letter S. it’s done on purpose!

  9. We’ll never know.

    File under funny. 🙂

  10. I think the ballot still counts for no other person the name is referring to.

  11. I hope its an honest mistake, although I have read there are still some people from the Appalachian areas who thinks Barrack is a muslim. What a shame, to hear that America has still a lot of ignorant citizens I

  12. One of the tenets of Occam’s Razor is that we should not ascribe to avarice, that which can easily be explained by incompetence. I have to admit I have little faith in the competence of our nations Governance at pretty much any level. Barring some real hard evidence I have to go with honest, if stupid, mistake.

  13. It is possible that it was an honest mistake but when you look at the keyboard S and B are quiet far, so I doubt it.

  14. oh! it must be a mistake..
    barack osama.. sounds good

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