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Obama’s communications chief makes worst possible Twitter typo

President Barack Obama's communications chief accidentally dropped the N-word on Twitter.


Tim Sampson


Posted on Oct 8, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 4:43 am CDT

The leader of President Barack Obama’s communications team suffered a rather unfortunate gaffe Tuesday when he failed to proofread a hastily-posted tweet. 

Dan Pfeiffer inadvertently used the N-word in a message to his more than 54,000 Twitter followers.


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Obviously, the word Pfeiffer meant to use was “bigger.” He quickly deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies

— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) October 8, 2013

But his prompt apology hasn’t kept some from having a few laughs at his expense. 

Curse you autocorrect! Er, why is that word IN your autocorrect?

— Michael Z Williamson (@mzmadmike) October 8, 2013

Freudian slip LOL @pfeiffer44

— ComfyPaws™ (@ComfyPaws) October 8, 2013

Others were not cutting him as much slack.

I’ll accept @pfeiffer44‘s apology just as soon as he accepts Perry’s rock story. Until then, his tweet is obvious evidence of closet racism

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) October 8, 2013

Imagine, if you will, a right-wing pundit/activist/politician even accidentally sending out the n-word in a tweet. @jmartNYT @pfeiffer44

— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) October 8, 2013

Photo via Netroots Nation/Flickr

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*First Published: Oct 8, 2013, 2:05 pm CDT