Obama Apologizes for Troop Statement

Barack Obama has apologized for a statement he made in Iowa on the weekend. Obama said that the war in Iraq had cost over $400 billion and has seen "...over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

Obama immediately knew that he had misspoken and labelled the words a slip of the tongue. He said that sacrifices are never wasted.

Obama apologised to the military families saying that he absolutely apologizes "if any of them felt that in some ways it had diminished the enormous courage and sacrifice that they'd shown."

He said that he had intended his remarks to be a criticism of the civilian leadership of the war, not the military.

This campaign has a long way to go, and as we found out with Joe Biden's words 2 weeks ago, and John Kerry's during the mid terms, one slip up can cause a lot of damage. And with the media covering Obama's every word, he is going to have to be on top of his game every step of the way for at least the next 12 months.