President Barack Obama brought up a touchy subject Monday evening during a Boston fundraiser which seemed to draw "boo"s from the crowd: baseball. While trying to connect with the crowd, Jon reported this morning, Obama thanked the city for trading its own Kevin Youkilis to his favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. The video seemed to show the crowd booing the president, who giggled into the microphone. But White House Press Secretary insists the crowd wasn't shouting "boooo," they were shouting "Yoooouk," for Youkilis.
"[A]nyone who knows Boston, knows the Red Sox and anyone who was in that room last night knows that the preponderance of people shouting in response to what the President said about Kevin Youkilis were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God’s sake,” Carney reportedly announced aboard Air Force One this morning.
But Carney's claims don't match the White House's official transcript which describes the audience's booing, nor do they reflect Obama's own observations at the event.
“I didn’t think I was going to get any boos out here,” Obama joked during his remarks. “I should not have brought up baseball, I understand, my mistake, my mistake. You got to know your crowd.”
Not satisfied, however, Carney took to Twitter this morning with this message: "Excellent WH stenos not members of Red Sox Nation. To untrained ear 'Yoooouk!' and 'Boooo!' sound alike. Crowd said both."
Judge for yourself:
I'd also be curious to hear Jay Carney's explanation for this other baseball booing incident involving Mr. Obama: