March 7: British beautician Gemma Worrall found herself at centre of an international Twitter storm after musing on why “our president Barraco Barner” was getting involved with Russia.
She mistakenly misspelt President Barack Obama as “Barraco Barner”, and appeared to think he was president of the UK.
Tweeting about the Ukraine crisis, Gemma Worrall, 20, posted a message saying: “why is our president Barraco Barner getting involved with Russia, scary.”
She found herself at the centre of global attention with social media users branding the message a new low for “dumb Britain”.
Within 12 hours Gemma’s comment had been retweeted almost 7,000 times and she had received messages from all over the world calling her “stupid” and “dumb”.
Gemma, from Blackpool, later removed the tweet but soon realised a screenshot of the comment had already appeared on Australian TV programmes and in Belgium.
The youngster filed other tweets saying: “I hope I haven’t offended the real @Barack Obama with my tweet but it was just a question I was curious about #sorry.” She added: “Don’t want to tweet incase I get something wrong..... and end up on the news.”
When a local radio station asked to speak to her she tweeted again: “Sorry my dad would kill me if I went on the radio to embrace my stupidity. I might of put a stupid tweet but I’m not that stupid to go on the radio and embrace it, boring me now’.”
She eventually signed off: “Feel tight on my nan. She’s going to have a heart attack when she sees me in the paper.”