Ohama? Versus…Cheney?

Among coverage of Obama’s Overseas Trip on the Jerusalem Post’s web site was the video below, in which The Media Line (“The MidEast News Source”) asks “shoppers at a Jerusalem supermarket” to identify photos of Barack Obama and John McCain.

Barely anyone can ID McCain (one woman thinks he’s “maybe Cheney”) and although many people seem to recognize Obama’s picture (well, he was in their city at the time), the getting-the-name-right part proved tricky for several shoppers (Ohama, Umbasa, Berk Omaba, Farak Obama) though not in That Way that is so familiar stateside.

I’ll leave it to cable news (c’mon, there’s video and everything!) to decide What This Means.


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.