Team Romney calls out Obama for misspelling 'Ohio' at campaign stop

President Obama needed a do-over to spell “Ohio” correctly on the campus of Ohio State University this week.

Although Obama and several students at a campaign stop Tuesday morning at Sloopy’s Diner on the campus of OSU tweeted out photos of the president correctly posing as the “I” in Ohio, another student supplied a photo of a spelling mishap to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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The photo, tweeted by Romney’s Ohio communications director, Christopher Maloney, shows Obama and three students all a little confused about how to spell the state’s name, with Obama holding his hands up in what seems to be an “H” and as the third letter. 

“A word of advice to @BarackObama: It's ‘O-H-I-O’ that has 18 electoral votes, not 'O-I-H-O,’ ” Maloney tweeted.

The Washington Post incorrectly reported the photo was doctored, but Maloney told The Hill it is authentic. He said the photo was passed along to him directly by a student. There were several photos being taken by students at the diner.


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“I'm sure President Obama would like a do-over of his first term as well,” Maloney added. “Ohio isn't going to let that happen."

Neither the White House press pool nor local reports such as the Columbus Dispatch noted the original spelling error, suggesting the confusion was brief. The pool report from the stop reads:

As he greeted another group of young women, Obama posed for a photo with three students pantomiming the O-H-I-O of Ohio State. Obama put his hands up as the letter "I."

It's not the first time a spelling error has tripped up one of the presidential candidates. The Romney campaign earned its share of mocking earlier this year when its mobile application spelled "America" as "Amercia."