Martin O'Malley Reads 'Conclusion' Off His Teleprompter (UPDATED)

01/23/2014 03:25 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

UPDATE: 7:54 p.m. ET --An aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's points out that the governor at times uses the word "conclusion" to signal a speech's end to his audience.

"The truth is that Governor O'Malley is a huge fan of Anchorman, but this was not a Ron Burgundy moment," the aide told The Huffington Post. "This is just how he sometimes signifies how he's ending a speech."

The governor picked up the habit from Rev. Andrew Costello at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Annapolis. As the Washington Post notes, he used the signifier in a 2012 speech at the Maine Democratic Convention.


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had a little trouble with his teleprompter on Thursday.

During his State of the State address, the Democratic governor unintentionally read the word "conclusion," apparently a subhead for the final section of his address, out loud. O'Malley appears to take the error in stride, smiling when he realizes his mistake.

Watch video of O'Malley's slip-up above.

If the clip seems familiar, you may recall a similar moment in 2004's "Anchorman," during which Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy accidentally insults his home city of San Diego when his rival co-anchor plants the line in his teleprompter:

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