Things got pretty awkward for news website, Yahoo! News, after an article published by a White House reporter Friday called Kenya President Obama’s ‘country of birth.’
The article, written by Rachel Rose Hartman, spoke of the Obama family’s upcoming visit to Africa, which is expected to take place on June 26th to July 3rd. Hartman mentioned that the President will not be stopping in his country of birth which — apparently to the writer — is Kenya.
Whether it was a freudian slip or a careless mistake on behalf of Hartman, the blunder caused quite a stir, and many took to Twitter to voice their disdain.
Yahoo! News later issued a correction to the article, stating that the story had mistakenly identified the president’s country of birth. And in an attempt to remedy the situation, the website changed the statement from saying the president’s ‘country of birth’ to his ‘ancestral homeland’, which admittedly is not much better.
See how some of the commentary unfolded on Twitter:
Putting the ! in Yahoo! - Obama in Africa "won't be stopping in the country of his birth." http://t.co/6VombQeDcu— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) June 21, 2013
Yahoo News goes full birther. / On Obama's Africa trip, he won't stop in Kenya, "the country of his birth" | http://t.co/8S55sx5sNo”— BWD (@theonlyadult) June 21, 2013