Gaffe: Obama Calls Afghan President Ghani 'President Karzai' At Press Conference (Video)

President Barack Obama speaks as during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington (AP Photo)

While announcing his plan to slow the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan today, President Obama made a high-profile slip-of the-tongue, and somehow wound up complimenting the very leader he mean to criticize.

The U.S. will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 “in part so that President Karzai – who has taken on the mantle of commander in chief in a way that we have not seen in the past from an Afghan president – can do a serious review,” Obama said during a press conference in the East Room today, gesturing towards the new Afghan president.   

Watch-  Standing next to Obama here at the presser is new Afghan President Ghani