Boy, am i embarrassed. For the past five years i have been crazily under the impression that when the US president landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln in a navy jet against a backdrop of a huge sign bearing the legend "Mission Accomplished" he meant the war in Iraq.
Maybe if i had paid more attention when he said that "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended," and "The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror" i would of realised that what he was actually talking about was the USS Abraham Lincoln itself.
Luckily we have the White House spokeswoman Dana Perino to clear up what we didn't see or hear what we thought we heard.
"The president wasn't referring to the Iraq war as such. Instead, he was congratulating just that "particular" crew on having accomplished its "particular" 10-month mission" she explained before saying that the President was aware that the banner was no specific enough to get this message across.
Glad that's all cleared up and just in time to hear Ms. Perino explain how when Bush said when he discussed invading Iraq with God, he actually meant Barney the Presidents Dog, but his autocue was upside down.