Obama's Freudian Slip

It was actually pretty funny, not caught by the assembled multitude because they were cheering but it came through loud and clear on TV.

Obama had just spent 15 minutes praising Joe Biden to the skies, building him up for the crowd so that when he was introduced, a thunderous roar would be heard.

He was doing his usual fine job, telling us what a working class hero Biden is, how he cares about "working Americans" (as if there's any other kind) when he gets to the very end and says:

"So let me introduce to you the next

And Obama stops just in time before he made the YouTube video of the year by saying "Joe Biden."

Unfortuntaely for us, he did indeed catch himself in time to introduce Biden correctly. But that hasn't stopped the GOP from gleefully piling on and spreading the clip far and wide:

The Republican war machine jumped on the first misstatement, with the McCain campaign releasing the following statement within minutes of the Springfield event's close: “Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president.  The reality is that nothing has changed since Joe Biden first made his assessment that Barack Obama is not ready to lead.   He wasn’t ready then and he isn’t ready now,” McCain spokesman Ben Porrit said.

The press will not have a lot of time to study the Democratic running mates' style or stumbles on stage together this week.

Biden will supply plenty of gaffes of his own - unless the Obama team puts Joe on a "script only" basis. After a couple of weeks, they may wish they could drop him altogether.