Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden made odd slip-ups in their speeches Saturday.

Published August 23, 2008 7:41PM (EDT)

Well, on the whole, the debut of the full Democratic ticket in Springfield, Ill., today went well. But if you'll pardon the football metaphor, at times it seemed clear that it's still August and that the Obama-Biden team still needs a little more time in training camp before it's ready for the games that count. Each made very puzzling, if minor, missteps during his speech.

Obama's slip-up was more embarrassing, and potentially more distracting. As he wrapped up his address and introduced Biden, he said, "Let me introduce to you the next president," before quickly correcting himself and saying, "the next vice president."

Biden's mistake also came during a reference to his new ticket mate. Referring to "a man who will be the next president of the United States" -- at least he got the title right -- Biden called Obama "Barack America."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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