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Barack Obama confuses George Osborne with 80s crooner


BRITISH CHANCELLOR George Osborne may have many different nicknames but, according to The Sun he was repeatedly called “Jeffrey” by Barack Obama during the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

It must have been a bizarrely embarrassing experience for arguably the UK’s second most senior politician, yet probably less excruciating than when he was widely booed at last summer’s Olympics as he presented medals in the stadium.

Obama could be forgiven for the getting the chancellor’s name wrong, for along with having to remember countless titles, the Democrat is known to be a big fan of American soul singer Jeffrey Osborne, who scored 1980s hits like Love Power and On The Wings of Love.

HI JEFFREY: Obama repeatedly got Osborne's name wrong (PA)

It was Osborne’s maiden appearance at the G8 – he was there to chair a session on tax transparency.

Eventually Obama was informed he was getting the Tory politician’s Christian name wrong, and reportedly apologised three times and explained why he thought he was a Jeffrey.

The American leader was heard to tell Osborne: "I'm sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favourite R&B singer."

Commenting on the gaffe, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told LBC radio that he had not heard it, and deflected attention away from it by describing Obama as the “coolest” looking guy among him, Osborne and David Cameron.

Before going solo, Jeffrey Osborne was a member of the band LTD.

In the 1980s he managed two top 20 singles in the UK.

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