It was Yoooook and not booos at Obama fundraiser, says White House
Washington, June 27 (ANI): White House press secretary Jay Carney has dismissed reports about President Barack Obama getting booed over a Red Sox joke at a Massachusetts fundraiser.
"Anyone 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," the Politico quoted Carney as telling reporters on Air Force One.
Obama had teased a Massachusetts crowd on Monday about Red Sox star Youkilis being traded to the Chicago White Sox - president's hometown team.
The crowd seemed to react with some lighthearted incredulity - as Red Sox fans tend to do when their team is made fun of.
Carney played up Obama's loyalty to his hometown team, commending the 50-year-old for his refusal to "pander" to the crowd.
"There has been some really silly reporting about the president's remarks regarding Kevin Youkilis last night," Carney said.
"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."
"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," Carney said.
Republicans have ridiculed Obama for being booed at his own fundraiser.
But Obama wasn't betraying his ignorance about baseball like Coakley did in her 2010 Senate run - just ribbing Red Sox Nation about losing one of their long-time heroes.
The White House's official transcript transcribed the crowd booing. Carney called the White House stenographers "excellent" but "not members of Red Sox Nation."
"To untrained ear "Yoooouk!" and "Boooo!" sound alike. Crowd said both," Carney wrote on Twitter. (ANI)
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