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Friday 19 September 2014

Name game: Obama gets his titles mixed up

Published 20/06/2013 | 10:26

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U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama

US president Barack Obama repeatedly called George Osborne "Jeffrey" at a summit of world leaders, apparently confusing the Chancellor with a soul singer.

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The gaffe came during a session at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, where leaders were agreeing measures to tackle international tax evasion.

The newspaper said the president addressed the Chancellor as Jeffrey three times during the 90-minute meeting.

Mr Obama is reported to be a fan of 65-year-old R&B star Jeffrey Osborne, whose hits include the 1982 ballad On The Wings Of Love.

The president was reported by the Financial Times to have apologised to the Chancellor for the mix-up after the session, telling him: "I'm sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favourite R&B singer."

But the singer was delighted that his name had come first to Mr Obama's mind - and suggested he should join forces with the Chancellor for a duet when he next tours in the UK.

He told Sky News: "I was really delighted, actually. I was really not aware that he was that much of a fan that he would call the Chancellor Jeffrey Osborne.

"Tell the Chancellor when I come over I will have to hook up with him and we will do a duet of On The Wings Of Love, or something."

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