President Obama's Abbey Guest Book Gaffe

A mistake by US President Barack Obama in the guest book of Westminster Abbey has caused a stir.

Mr Obama signed the guest book, as did his wife Michelle

A mistake by US President Barack Obama in the guest book of Westminster Abbey has caused a stir. The President wrote a heartfelt note in the book during a half-hour visit to the Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married last month, but appears to have dated the message "24 May 2008".

Mr Obama wrote: "It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage and common sacrifice."

His signature and that of his wife Michelle appears below, alongside the apparently incorrect date, which immediately caused a stir on social networking sites.

Apparently, Mr Obama was heard to ask the dean what the day's date was - but managed to get the year wrong.A Westminster Abbey spokeswoman confirmed it was the president who had written the wrong date.
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It is not the first gaffe the American President has made.

When he won the presidency, Mr Obama made a mistake during the oath he took at his inauguration ceremony, meaning he had to be sworn in for a second time to make it legal.

And he once gave then Prime Minister Gordon Brown a box set of classic American DVDs, which don't play on UK DVD players.

In 2009, the President made a joke on US TV's Tonight Show, hosted by Jay Leno, referring to a bad bowling game as "like the Special Olympics or something".

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