White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today struck back at reporting claiming that President Obama was booed last night in Boston at his own fundraiser in Boston, asserting that “the preponderance” of the people in the crowd were in fact shouting “Yooouk.”
Why would they do that? Because Yooouk would be a nickname for Kevin Youkilis, the baseball player. Obama had made the mistake of gently taunting the Boston crowd for trading to his beloved White Sox.
Carney not only denied Obama was booed, but sought to turn his mention of the trade into a matter of high principle. From the pool report:
“There has been some really silly reporting about the president’s remarks regarding Kevin Youkilis last night. It is highly commendable in my view as a Red Sox Fan that the president has always refused to pander on sports. He is a White Sox fan, he owns his fandom of the White Sox . He proved that again last night, And anyone who knows Boston, knons the Red Sox and anyone who was in that room last night knows that the preponderence of people shouting in repsonse to what the President said about Kevin Youkilis were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God’s sake.”
He mentioned the 2007 occasion when Obama declined to wear a Red Sox cap as he was a White Sox fan
“I don’t think the American people appreciate it when politicians suddenly pretend they are fans of other teams to curry favor. The president is very serious about that, he will not do that. He will not cross that line.”
See Putin? Look out. Obama is a man who stands by his team. I mean, like, okay, he didn’t stand by Mubarak, but the White Sox – well yes!
I don’t know.
The Boston Globe, which should know a Youk from a boo, called it a boo.
Making a light-hearted jab as he delivered a series of thank-yous at the start of a fund-raising speech, the president added: “Finally, Boston I just want to say – thank-you for Youkilis.”
The infielder was traded on Sunday for righthanded relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge.
As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.
And so did Obama and the official White House transcriber two people who count, in Carney’s words, as “anyone who was in that room last night.” From the transcript:
I also want to acknowledge former Governor Michael Dukakis, who is here, and his lovely wife Kitty. (Applause.) And finally, Bos, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: I’m just saying. He’s going to have to change the color of his “sox.” (Laughter and boos.) I didn’t think I’d get any “boos” out of here, but — (laughter) — I guess I shouldn’t have — I should not have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake.
AUDICEN: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: My mistake. You’ve got to know your crowd. (Laughter.)
Maybe they were booing Dukakis, just for old times sake.
Okay, how about Youk decided for Youkself.
Anyway, why does Carney even care? It all seemed pretty good natured to me.