He's Starting to Make Joe Biden Sound Like Daniel Webster

| March 23, 2009 | 43 Replies

orion_spinelliQuick, say the word “Orion”. Did you get it right, with a long “eye” sound in the middle of the word and the stress on the second syllable?

Of course you did. What are you, the President of the United States?

The idea that led to the founding of Orion Energy Systems received a presidential salute of sorts today.

President Barack Obama just finished speaking at a White House roundtable on clean energy efficiency attended by Neal Verfuerth, Orion president and chief executive. Obama saluted Orion.

All terrific press for Orion, except that Obama kept pronouncing the company’s name wrong, calling it OAR-ee-on.

After finishing his remarks and talking with a few people, the president returned to the microphone and said his prepared remarks led him to pronounce the firm’s name wrong.

“I suspect this is Or-EYE-on as opposed to OAR-ee-on. Just wanted to make sure that when I’m giving you a plug, that we’ve got the right plug. It’s Or-EYE-on.”

Here’s the video of the speech. He actually mispronounces “Orion” three times in three minutes and it’s obvious that the first time he stumbles over it that he suspects something is wrong. Instead of taking a moment to make sure he has the name of the company correct (which he did with the name of the owner of the company) though, he just keeps going as his teleprompter scrolls on, comfortable in his ignorance.

This is funny, but it’s also really sad. For goodness sake, I knew how to pronounce the word when I was six. How is it that our college-educated President who taught at a prestigious university had no idea how to say it until someone told him? It’s not like the company was named Eridanus or Boötes. I’d be willing to bet that more than a couple of the movies he gave Prime Minister Brown were made by Orion Pictures. I’m fairly sure he saw “Men in Black” in which Orion was a major plot point. There’s really no excuse for his bumble.

I can only imagine the ridicule that the MSM would have heaped on George W. Bush in the evening news broadcasts this evening had he shown this amount of ignorance. Actually, I don’t have to imagine. I saw what the media did to him for far, far less.

(via David Freddoso)

UPDATE: Linked in the Hot Air Headlines! Thank you.

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UPDATE: Linked by Greg Pollowitz at Planet Gore who also points out the teleprompter’s response. Thank you!

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UPDATE 3: Frank J-alanche!

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