Not to brush anything off Obama, but there’s a lot of Asian names that are difficult to pronounce.
It’s just that... if it had been Bush, it would be the headline of NYT. Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and SNL would base a week’s worth of jokes on it, and the entire entertainment and journalism industry would devote their LIVES to making sure every single person in the USA was aware of it, embarrassed by it, and will never forget it for as long as they live.
No, why waste time coming up with an excuse for the enemy?
Bush was expected to get names right, and was ridiculed if he didn’t.
It’s all about “fairness”, isn’t it?