Obama's upbeat pre-K missive gets a big 'D' for spelling

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President Barack Obama in a statement Wednesday applauded Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their “major victory” on expanding prekindergarten, but the news release misspelled de Blasio’s name.

A statement attributed to the White House press secretary gave the mayor’s name as “DeBlasio.” It was corrected quickly in an online version, and a revised email was sent about 45 minutes later.

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According to the statement, Obama was asking Congress to make preschool universally available nationwide, similar to what was envisioned for New York State in an Albany budget agreement.

A mayoral spokeswoman declined to comment on the spelling error.

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