For George Bush, it was a gaffe waiting to happening.
The similarities in sounding between Australia and Austria led Bush into an embarrassing blunder down under.
The US president thanked Australian premier John Howard for visiting 'Austrian troops' in Iraq.
There are no Austrian troops there, although Australia has 1,500 military personnel in the region.
He continued his blunders by then confusing the organisations of APEC and OPEC.
Talking at a business forum on the eve of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) summit in Sydney, Mr Bush also told Mr Howard: "Mr Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit."
As the audience laughed, the US president corrected himself and joked: "He invited me to the OPEC summit next year."
Australia has never been a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Yes, he really is that clueless. Why, oh why, does anybody take anything he says seriously?
Added: Of course, he can always up the stupidity:
Bush said that during his talks with Roh, he reaffirmed the U.S. position that Washington will consider the war formally over only when North Korean leader Kim Jong Il actually dismantles his nuclear program.
Whatever Roh heard Bush say through his translator, it wasn't good enough.
"I think I did not hear President Bush mention the — a declaration to end the Korean War just now," Roh said as cameras clicked and television cameras rolled.
Bush said he thought he was being clear, but obliged Roh and restated the U.S. position.
That wasn't good enough either. "If you could be a little bit clearer in your message," Roh said.
Bush, now looking irritated, replied: "I can't make it any more clear, Mr. President. We look forward to the day when we can end the Korean War. That will end — will happen when Kim verifiably gets rid of his weapons programs and his weapons."
The White House immediately downplayed the testy exchange and said the meeting went smoothly.
Damn arrogant for an idiot.
Only 500 days left.