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President fixated on ... 2008?

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Well, it was a good year for him.

President Obama mistakenly signed the year “2008” instead of “2011” in the Westminster Abbey guestbook Tuesday.

“It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice,” Mr. Obama wrote, signing his name and listing the date as “24 May 2008,” an AP photo shows.

The gaffe comes on the second day of Mr. Obama’s weeklong European trip, one filled with pomp and circumstance as he also met with the Britain’s royal family at Buckingham Palace and toured the Queen’s private gallery.

Visiting Ireland Monday, Mr. Obama signed the guestbook for his hosts in Dublin.

That time he got it right, signing “23-05-2011.”

The flap caused a minor stir on the Internet Tuesday afternoon.

The London Telegraph confirmed with an Abbey spokeswoman that it was indeed the president who wrote the wrong year — after asking a dean nearby what the date was.

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Kara Rowland

Kara Rowland

Kara Rowland, White House reporter for The Washington Times, is a D.C.-area native. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and spent nearly all her waking hours working as managing editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVa.'s student newspaper.

Her interest in political reporting was piqued by an internship at Roll Call the summer before her ...

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