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Reporters Quickly Noticed the Official Transcript of Obama’s Fundraiser Speech Omitted This Remark


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President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The official transcript of a fundraiser speech President Barack Obama delivered at a private residence in Chicago Monday afternoon failed to include a joke he made about finding unpaid bills on his Chicago home's desk.

"One of the nice things about being home is actually that it's a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills — I think eventually they got paid — but they're sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff," Obama said during his address, according to the pool report.

That joke about unpaid bills, however, didn't make it into the official transcript.

Instead, as noted by Politico's Jennifer Epstein, the quote leaves out the reference to finding the stack of bills. It only quotes the president as saying that "there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.​"

The Associated Press' Josh Lederman explained on Twitter that finding the quote required reviewing the tapes of the event.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze seeking more information as to why the joke was omitted from the official transcript.

This story has been updated with more information.

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