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Barack Obama Hilariously Struggled Through Pronouncing “Mississauga

And yet, all Canadians know how to say Mississippi.

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Being president of the United States is hard. You have an army to command, an economy to save, and multi-syllabled Canadian city names to pronounce.

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During the customary speechifying at the state dinner for Justin Trudeau, Obama spoke of visiting Canada before he became president with his family.

In addition to going to Burlington, Toronto, and Niagara Falls, he said he went to Mississauga.

Or, as he called it, Miss-iss-swa-aa-ga.

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Yikes.

Mississauga is cool with it, though.

It's all good! It happens to the best of us @BarackObama...#Mississauga https://t.co/cjl1JPk5F2

  1. Just to make sure we're all clear, how do you pronounce Mississauga?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Miss-siss-aw-gah
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Miss-iss-swa-aa-ga
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Miss-iss-aw-gwa

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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