President Obama was the recent recipient of some heart-felt boos as he attempted to make a playful baseball joke at a recent Boston area fundraiser, reports MSN.
Trying to drum up support for his re-election campaign while in Boston, President Obama thought that it might be a good idea to bring up the fact that the Boston Red Sox recently traded their well liked third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox.
Obama is particularly keen on the idea as the White Sox are his hometown team and the trade should benefit the team as a whole. However, Boston fans weren’t quite ready to find humor in the departure of their beloved player.
“Finally Boston, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis,” says the President.
“I’m just saying, he’s going to have change the color of his sox,” he continues.
Those statements were quickly followed by a mixture of laughs and boo’s that seemed to entertain President Obama as he chuckled to himself in light of their displeasure.
“I didn’t think I’d get any boo’s out of here,” he joked.
“I guess I should not have brought up baseball!”
“My mistake! You’ve got to know your crowd!” said Obama.
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis started his professional career when the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 8th round of the 2001 draft. He made his Major League debut on May 15th, 2004 when the Red Sox called him to replace the injured third baseman Bill Mueller. Youkilis eventually became a regular on the team and became a fan favorite in the town of Boston.
Do you think President Obama made the best decision to make a baseball joke at a Boston fundraiser?