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Before President Obama's arrival in London, The Daily Mail ran a story under the headline "Codename ‘smart alec': British police label Obama with ‘mildly offensive' Punjabi word for visit to UK." Scotland Yard says its computers randomly picked a codename for Obama, "chalaque," for his visit to the country. But the newspaper quoted a Sikh community leader saying the name is often used to "denigrate" someone. Yahoo News then picked up the story, featuring it on its homepage under the headline: "Obama Code Named ‘smart alec' in Britain."
London: Visiting US President Barack Obama got the date wrong by three years when he signed a guestbook at the Westminster Abbey, despite apparently asking the dean what day it was, a media report said on Wednesday.
As a tough election looms next year and he faces criticism for his handling of the financial crisis, perhaps he wished it was indeed May 24, 2008, when he was still a rising superstar, the Daily Mail wrote.