The Washington Times - May 24, 2011, 05:08PM

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.