During last night's trip to the proverbial ATM in Boston, Barack Obama took a lighthearted barb at Red Sox fans as he thanked the organization for trading Kevin Youkilis to his hometown Chicago White Sox. "Finally, Boston I just want to say — thank-you for Youkilis," was the line that precipitated a chorus of boos…
As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.
"I'm just saying, he had to change the color of his socks," the president said with a building grin.
"I didn't anticipate boos out of here," he added as some of the boos turned to the low rumble of "Y-o-o-u-k."
Naturally, the Romney campaign responded
with a single-minded focus on the economy, pointing out that Massachusetts still has a 6.5% unemployment rateby mocking the president for his failure to abandon his White Sox fandom and pander to Boston fans. In this morning's email to reporters, the Romney camp wrote, "Maybe the President should have congratulated the team for winning the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Instead, he chose to mock them."
The subroutine that governs Romney's ability to identify playful sports banter, without mentioned team owners, clearly needs a little work, because precisely 0% of voters are going to be offended by a sports fan's casual ribbing of the opposition.
At the same time, it's nice that Romney hasn't yet fired his position on Red Sox Nation. Now he just needs a position on immigration, pay equity for women and tax policy.
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