CHICAGO—President Barack Obama stopped by a Democratic victory office here on Tuesday to encourage supporters and call volunteers in Wisconsin. The first person he reached on the phone took some time grasping who was on the other line.
At a downtown Obama for America field office, Obama thanked the staff and volunteers before calling a woman named Annie in Wisconsin.
"Hi is this Annie?," Obama said, according to the pool report. "This is Barack Obama."
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There was a brief pause.
"This is Barack Obama," he repeated. "You know, the president?"
When it sunk in that the caller wasn't kidding and was indeed the president, they went on to chat.
"She was very nice to me even though she initially didn't know who I was," Obama joked when he set down the receiver. He went on to make six calls to volunteers. On the final one to Jill in Madison, she didn't seem to believe it at first, either.Read More »from Obama catches voters off guard with phone calls