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Barack Obama mistakes window for door at White House

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    Barack Obama mistakes window for door at White House


    The real door was a few feet to the right of it Friday, January 30, 2009 12:31 AM
    Barack Obama has been photographed mistaking a window for a door as he tried to enter the White House.
    The new US President, who has been commander-in-chief and resident at the White House for just over a week, was photographed from the gardens of the White House on Tuesday. Mr Obama was trying to return to the Oval Office after meeting House and Senate Republicans.

    Instead of heading straight for the door, Mr Obama showed his unfamiliarity with his new-found surroundings and aimed for a door-length paned window.

    He was pictured peering at the "door" as he realised that it had no handle. The real door was a few feet to the right of it.

    His "door malfunction" was far less embarrassing that that experienced so publicly by George W Bush three years ago on a visit to China.

    While making a hasty exit from a press conference in the capital, Beijing, Mr Bush tugged on the handles of a giant door, only to find it locked.

    He was good-humoured enough to laugh off the blunder, but the pictures serve as a reminder of Mr Bush's capacity for gaffes.

    However, there was little note taken in Washington of Mr Obama's mistake, easily made by a newcomer in the labyrinthine White House.

    Mr Obama, who was returning from meeting Congressional leaders, may have been distracted by the Republicans' icy reception to his $825 billion (£600) economic stimulus package.


    The real door was a few feet to the right of it Friday, January 30, 2009 12:31 AM
    Barack Obama has been photographed mistaking a window for a door as he tried to enter the White House.
    The new US President, who has been commander-in-chief and resident at the White House for just over a week, was photographed from the gardens of the White House on Tuesday. Mr Obama was trying to return to the Oval Office after meeting House and Senate Republicans.

    Instead of heading straight for the door, Mr Obama showed his unfamiliarity with his new-found surroundings and aimed for a door-length paned window.

    He was pictured peering at the "door" as he realised that it had no handle. The real door was a few feet to the right of it.

    His "door malfunction" was far less embarrassing that that experienced so publicly by George W Bush three years ago on a visit to China.

    While making a hasty exit from a press conference in the capital, Beijing, Mr Bush tugged on the handles of a giant door, only to find it locked.

    He was good-humoured enough to laugh off the blunder, but the pictures serve as a reminder of Mr Bush's capacity for gaffes.

    However, there was little note taken in Washington of Mr Obama's mistake, easily made by a newcomer in the labyrinthine White House.

    Mr Obama, who was returning from meeting Congressional leaders, may have been distracted by the Republicans' icy reception to his $825 billion (£600) economic stimulus package.
     
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