Obama chats with “Hillary” in Indiana
ELKHART, Ind. – With polls showing a close contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Indiana, Obama, his wife Michelle and two daughters dropped by a neighborhood to try to make their pitch to undecided voters.
After the Illinois senator and his family initially went door-to-door, word spread that they were there and residents began gathering on the sidewalk to shake Obama’s hand.
As a few dozen waited to greet him, the talk was of higher gasoline costs. One woman remarked that it now costs $4 to mow a lawn. Some were interested knowing about his plans for the Iraq war and when he was going to bring the troops home.
But many just wanted an autograph or a picture with him.
“I have a question for you,” one woman said to Obama. Handing him her cellphone, she said. “My best friend Hillary’s obsessed with you and she can’t be here. Can you say ‘Hi’ to her?”
“Hi Hillary. … This is Hillary on the phone,” he announced to the onlookers. “Oh, this isn’t Hillary Clinton?” Obama joked.
“Hillary Van Dyke? I’m sorry, okay,” he said. “Well, it’s nice to meet you. Thanks for your support.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama speaks with woman on phone)