I may have spoken a bit prematurely when I posted Monday about our governor and his increasingly high national profile. Despite his being chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and a fairly visible Obama-surrogate, his name escaped the president for a moment at an event on Monday.

It went like this: Obama said, “Jack O’Malley — where’s Jack — Martin.  Where’s Martin?  Sorry.  I was…” Like a good politician, Gov. O’Malley was quick with a joke to ease the awkwardness of the situation.

So O’Malley’s got some more work to do in terms of brand recognition, before he stakes his claim for the presidency. But there’s plenty of time for that, right?