For President Obama, it was “business as usual” on Monday morning as he went to vote at a polling station at East 43rd Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue in Illinois, but he was wrong.
As the President stood in the booth casting his vote, minding his own business, having enjoyed his visit to Chicago so far, a man called Mike Jones walked by and verbally warned the President not to touch his girlfriend, who was casting her vote in the adjacent booth.
The girlfriend, Aia Cooper, felt humiliated even though Obama tried his utmost to alleviate the embarrassment of the situation, in his charming and personable way.
The quick thinking president immediately responded, saying, “I really wasn’t planning on it. There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you, just for no reason whatsoever. And now you’ll be going back home and talking to you friends; what’s his name?” the president asked.
To that the prankster responded, “Mike,” to which Obama said, “‘I can’t believe Mike. He’s such a fool,'” Obama said, impersonating the woman, “He really is,” agreed Cooper.
But President Obama decided to have a little fun of his own with the couple, as he approached Mike’s girlfriend saying to her, “Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” as he leaned in and pecked Cooper fondly on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous,” joked Obama.
Cooper told ABC’s Chicago station WLS, “We let two people go in front of us and we didn’t think anything of it and we got in there, he was there,” she said.
Just 20 minutes after the incident Obama was whisked off for an impromptu stop at Gov. Pat Quinn’s South Side campaign office, having visited the Chicago State University on Sunday night.
Kristiana Zerom, who met Obama at the University event, said, “We all had a chance to talk to him and let him know what we were doing, what our interests were. He was really interested, asking people a lot of questions.”