In what is a pretty amusing twist of presidential campaigning, Barack Obama has apparently irked some journalist at a tiny county paper. I’ve reproduced the article below:
Published: November 14, 2006 10:09 pm
Obama owes me an apology
I don’t care, I’m not changing my mind on this one.
I don’t like Sen. Barack Obama.
He might make a good president some day, but he won’t get my vote. At least not until he apologizes.
Some might say I’m holding a petty grudge but let’s see you become the butt of joke in front of 1,000 people.
Two years ago I was a full-time newspaper reporter in Illinois covering Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
I had the looks, I had the charm and I had my eye on this pretty young thing who was doing an internship for a competing paper.
It took me nearly two months of running into each other at various news events before I worked up the nerve to begin talking to her.
And then Obama shows up.
The senator made his way to SIUE one day to introduce some legislation that would increase grants for students. Prior to that, me and the girl became really cool as I let her in on a few tricks of the trade.
The day Obama came, there was a huge press conference at the university’s student center with about 100 people inside the conference room and hundreds more viewing the conference on a big screen in the lobby.
Obama did his thing, and at the end there was segment for questions by the media.
After about five questions from different television and newspaper reporters, I stood up to ask mine.
“Wait a minute son, this is for professional media only,” Obama said to me.
“What do you mean? I work for the local paper,” I said with a crackling nervous voice.
“Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were a college student. You have such a baby face,” he said with an unremorseful grin.
At that point everyone in the room turned to look at me and laugh. The 800 people in the lobby laughed as my face was projected on the big screen.
Remembered that girl who I was trying to get with, well she was sitting next to me and guess what she was doing?
Everyone was laughing except me.
The next time I saw that young lady was at another press conference, but this time she was acting as if she never knew me. I think I saw her maybe two more times and each time, it was the cold shoulder.
Thanks to everyone’s favorite new senator, I lost big time.
Obama owes me a public apology for making me look like a court jester and for blocking my shot.
Until that time, Hillary or Giuliani will get my vote.
Nicklaus Lovelady covers government for the Daily Herald. His column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That in and of itself is a pretty hilarious read. Considering the amount of clamouring around the internet about all the women fainting at Obama rallies, it doesn’t surprise me that someone took it personally. Obviously it is satirical in nature, but what is even more astounding is the response it generated.
This article received the regular treatment throughout the internet. Bloggers commented on it and publicized it, and the Obama campaign took notice. In fact, Obama personally called Nicklaus to apologize and NPR has the audio of the phone call here.
Honestly, I don’t think anything will make your day more than hearing Barack Obama apologize and literally saying he’s sorry for messing up Nicklaus’ game. That’s a classy move, Obama.
Overall I think this kind of shows how this presidential contest is different from many others in the past. So many people are so involved in this race, and the politicians are making more an effort then ever to engage the citizenry. So while this may be one small joke phone call for man, it is a pretty giant leap for politician-kind.