While McCain appeared to have stolen the show at an Associated Press forum in Washington today by declaring the economy in “recession,” the conservative newspaper owner — and the board chair of the AP — may have made a bigger but unreported splash.
Certainly unreported by AP.
Associated Press director William Dean Singleton, who serves as the publisher of Denver Post, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Detroit News and is one of about twenty newspaper owners that run the wire service, asked Sen. Barack Obama about shifting troops into Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda leader “Obama bin Laden.”
“Can you imagine shifting a substantial number of Afghanistan — a substantial number to Afghanistan where the Taliban has been gaining strength and Obama Bin Laden is still at large?” Singleton queried.
According to ABC News, Obama “interrupted” and said, ï¿½I think that was Osama bin Laden,ï¿½ before taking “a big gulp of water from the glass next to the podium.”
Singleton appeared to apologize, but did not acknowledge having said Obama bin Laden.
“If I did that I’m so sorry,” he said.
“No, no, no, this is part of the part of the exercises that I’ve been going though over the last fifteen months,” Obama added, “Which is why it’s pretty impressive that I’m standing here.”