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Published on May 13, 2009
Barack Obama has a verbal tic when it comes to pronouncing Pakistan, and this sequence from his joint press conference with Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari highlights it. He gives the standard American English pronunciation of Afghanistan while using an affected pronunciation of Pock-ee-ston in the same breath. Either he needs to start saying "Off-gon-ee-ston" or start using the American English pronunciation of Pakistan.