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“I didn’t think I was going to get any boos out here."
One thing about Boston: the city loves its Red Sox baseball. The president learned that the hard way on Monday during a fundraiser.
While trying to connect with the crowd, Obama thanked the city for recently dealing one of its beloved stars -- Kevin Youkilis -- to his hometown Chicago White Sox. It didn't go over well:
"Finally Boston, I just want to say, thank you for Youkalis." The crowd booed.
"I’m just saying, he’s going to have to change the color of his socks,” the president said laughing.
“I didn’t think I was going to get any boos out here,” he said. “I should not have brought up baseball, I understand, my mistake, my mistake, you got to know your crowd.”
UPDATE: Press Secretary Jay Carney tried early in the day to spin the incident by saying that "(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.”
But later he admitted (after being confronted about the official White House transcript noting the "boos") that even if that was true, there were some "boos":
After all, even the president thought they were booing him, too.
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