Tales from the Trail

Not expecting a call from the president? Try the second line

September 9, 2012

A warning to those who are sometimes slow to pick up the phone: you may miss a call from the president.

President Barack Obama stopped by a local campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Sunday to visit with supporters, and he placed a call to Barney Roberts, a volunteer in Jacksonville.

“Hopefully he’ll answer,” Obama said as excited volunteers listened in.

Roberts didn’t answer.

“Hey Barney, this is Barack Obama,” the president said to the man’s voice mail. “I’m going to try you at the other number.”

Lucky for Roberts, Obama had a backup number to dial, and this time the volunteer picked up.

“You don’t believe me, do you?” Obama said on the phone, drawing laughter from the people in the room. “He’s being quiet, like, ‘I’m not sure.’ No, it’s true, it’s me!” Obama said.

Roberts served in the armed forces for 12 years and plans to enlist again after November, the campaign said.

Obama told the volunteers their support was critical to getting out the vote in Florida, a battleground state he hopes to win in the Nov. 6 election against Republican Mitt Romney.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

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