Begorra! Obama thanks himself for party

March 18, 2009 11:13:56 AM PDT
The teleprompter was no friend to President Barack Obama or Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen Tuesday night.Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar. Turns out, he was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just given.

Brian Cowen was set to speak twice at the White House on Tuesday night because there were two different parties going on at the executive mansion. No matter - he would give the same speech to the two different audiences.

But Cowen was 20 seconds into his second address when it dawned on him that he was giving word for word the speech that Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Cowen stopped and looked back at the president to say, "That's your speech."

Obama laughed and returned to the podium to offer what might have been Cowen's remarks. In doing so, President Obama thanked President Obama for inviting everyone over.

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