Moments after the fiancé of Aia Cooper (left) told the Prez to keep his hands off.
The President made a pilgrimage to his hometown of Chicago yesterday to campaign for incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, but also to participate in (and raise awareness of) early voting in Illinois. Like any normal person with an entire press corps in tow, Mr. Obama stood quietly next to another normal person at the voting booths while casting his ballot.
That normal person he was standing next to was Aia Cooper, who was engaged to another person in the room who couldn't resist the opportunity to look like a smartass in front of the President: Mike Jones, Cooper's fiancé.
Jones strolled by the two while they were voting and casually let out a loud-but-not-yelling "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend."
For his part, the President played it cool, knowing the proper response to the jealous boyfriend is almost no response at all: "I really wasn't planning on it."
Aia Cooper, for her part, was as embarrassed as you'd expect someone whose boyfriend just acted like a kid in front of the leader of the free world. Said Cooper, "I am sorry, please excuse him."
"Now there's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason," said the President, "just for no reason whatsoever."
"I knew he was going to say something smart, but I didn't know what he was going to say," said Cooper, who apparently puts up with stuff like this from Mike a lot.
The President then proceeded to display the kind of cool-headed charm we haven't seen in about six years, acting out the scene he imagined would take place when Aia went home to tell her family and friends this story.
"I can't believe Mike, he's such a fool!" said the President, impersonating Aia, "I was just mortified. But fortunately, fortunately the President was nice about it and you know, so it's alright."
Ever the closer, Obama finished by giving Cooper a kiss on the cheek, saying "Give him something to talk about. Now he's really jealous." Apparently he also joked "On the cheek, just the cheek! Please, Michelle, don't come after me!"
Well, Mr. President, Democrats nationwide may be declining your offers to campaign for them, but after this display, you'll still be welcome in the Cooper house for a long time to come. Not so sure about the Joneses', though.
(by Johnny McNulty)