Barack Obama confuses British chancellor George Osborne with US singer Jeffrey Osborne

US head of state made the error at this week's G8 summit

US president Barack Obama repeatedly confused the name of British chancellor George Osborne with that of R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne at the G8 summit, which took place in Northern Ireland this week.

Obama reportedly interjected supportively three times during Osborne’s briefing to the assembled world leaders on plans to curb tax avoidance, but called him “Jeffrey” each time. Realising his mistake, he told the cabinet member, “I’m sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favourite R&B singer,” reports The Financial Times.

The singer Jeffrey Osborne was surprised to find out he had a fan in Obama. “I was really delighted actually,” he told Sky News. “I was really not aware that he was that much of a fan that he would call the chancellor Jeffrey Osborne. Tell the chancellor when I come over I will have to hook up with him and we will do a duet of ‘On The Wings Of Love’ or something.” George Osborne took to Twitter to acknowledge the offer. “One unexpected breakthrough from G8 – offer to sing with legend @JeffreyOsborne. Jeff you wouldn’t suggest a duet if you’d heard me sing,” he wrote.


Jeffrey Osborne, 65, is best known in the UK for his 1982 Number 11 hit ‘On The Wings Of Love’. His latest album, ‘A Time For Love’, was released this year.