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Democrats expand Senate control, yet splits remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats achieved their biggest majority in the U.S. Senate in decades on Tuesday as Al Franken of Minnesota finally took his seat — but President Barak Obama will still have to fight hard to muster the votes to pass healthcare reform and other major initiatives.

This article has Obama’s first name spelled wrong in the first paragraph. Boo!


We corrected, but not before readers noticed. Which brings us to this next item.

Wall Street hits 10-week low amid talk of new stimulus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Socks fell to their lowest level in 10 weeks on Tuesday as talk of a second government stimulus plan heightened fears that the economy is not yet on the path to recovery and that the corporate earnings season starting this week will be weak.

Is it Obama’s stuff?


Low-flying White House plane scares New Yorkers

NEW YORK, April 27 (Reuters) – One of President Barack Obama’s official planes flanked by an Air Force fighter jet flew low over the Statue of Liberty on Monday for a photo opportunity that reminded startled New Yorkers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Your reporter mentions “One of President Barack Obama’s official planes…”

Praising Islam?

Obama praises Islam, calls for Mideast peace

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ended his trip to Muslim Turkey on Tuesday by calling for peace and dialogue with Islam and the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.

This was a reasonably well written article! I liked it.

But, its title was a rather sickening bit of manipulative propaganda, was it not? Where in the article is there even a real hint of Obama praising Islam?

Warrantee or warranty?


TEXT-President Obama’s remarks on U.S. auto industryI

But just in case there are still nagging doubts, let me say it as plainly as I can — if you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warrantee will be safe.

In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warrantee.

Familiar face in the background?


Sarah Hussein Obama, grandmother to U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), smiles during a news conference at her home in Nyangoma Kogelo village, 257 miles west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

This picture does not look real. Among the people in the background (fuzzy) is someone who looks like Obama, only his image is very large compared to the surrounding people. I also think he didn’t visit Kenya recently.

Cookies or pastries?


Obama declares love for Canada, banishes Bush era

As Obama left Parliament Hill on his way back to the airport, his armored limousine made an impromptu visit to Ottawa’s central Byward Market area where he bought some cookies, pausing afterward to wave to cheering bystanders

It says Obama bought a cookie. Other media say he bought a ‘beaver tail’ which is a pastry, not a cookie. A ‘beaver tail’ is a much more credible purchase, given it’s iconic nature in Ottawa at this time of year.

We’re not in Tampa…


U.S. President Barack Obama greets wellwishers upon his arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Fort Myers, Florida February 10, 2009. Obama travelled to Fort Myers to push his administration’s economic stimulus package. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The picture on the web states “Reuters – President Barack Obama greets wellwishers upon his arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Fort Myers, Florida.”

No first names, please


Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks

Barak, in a statement, said he had told Mitchell Israel cannot accept any attack on its citizens and would act with determination against any attack by Hamas or its allies.

Referring to the President of the US by his first name is very inappropriate. This was done in the article “Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks.”

The wrong name


Onama Mideast envoy in Cairo to push peace efforts

In the title, “Onama” is printed instead of “Obama”

Fix this one fast!


Lots and lots of readers noticed this one: GBU Editor

REUTERS photo by Larry Downing

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Obama’s daughters


Obama, daughters cause stir on Hawaii outing

HAWAII KAI, Hawaii,  Dec 26 (Reuters) – Barack Obama, trying to enjoy the last semblance of normal life before he becomes U.S. president on Jan. 20, caused a commotion when he took his daughters to a shopping mall in Hawaii on Friday.

It made for a surreal scene — the president-elect, daughters Malia, 7, and Sasha, 10 and family friends eating at a table at the mall watched by a crowd of onlookers and surrounded by anxious-looking Secret Service agents.