October 16th, 2007
08:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Is Obama carrying a purse?

VINTON, Iowa (CNN) - Don't worry, it's not his.

It's for his daughter, as he was quick to point out.

While visiting a pharmacy in rural Iowa Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, found two purses with stuffed dogs sticking their heads out of the tops–ala Paris Hilton–that he wanted to bring home to his two girls, nine year-old Malia and six year-old Sasha.

But with the brightly-colored handbags in tow–and before he could make it to the checkout to put them in a plastic bag–Obama was met by a man who wanted to shake his hand.

"I don't always carry these purses around," Obama said after first saying hello.

Jokingly, the man said, "You're just saying that because the cameras are around."

"I didn't want you to think that that's how I travel," Obama continued, grinning.

The man then took it even further by saying, "It's alright to come out [of the closet] if you want to come out."

Obama soon found out, though, that paying for the toys might be difficult– he was out of cash.

"You're going to have to treat," he said to his Iowa staffer.

The stop to the pharmacy was part of the Illinois senator's tour of downtown
Vinton, Iowa.

Obama said the stuffed dogs will have to suffice until the family gets a real one, which he says they'll do once the campaign ends, whether he wins or loses.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    First of all, this is news...why?

    Also, if Obama does become president and gets a dog, I hope he goes to Australia to get a dingo. Those are really good dogs from what I've found out. Might help US-Australian relations as well.

    October 16, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    Please say it ain't so. You're using grocery store check out tabloid headlines in a professional news format? I have this fear that there are people out there that just read headlines and form opinons from headlines. This story is as goofy as CNN's Clinton's shoelace's story.
    Why don't you CNN folks try contributing to the "smarting of America" instead of pandering to ignorance. Thank You.

    October 16, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Phil M, Minneapolis, MN

    And this is newsworthy how?

    October 16, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Max, Boston, MA

    LOL @ CNN. Subtle for a pro-Hillary stance, you are not.

    October 16, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    While it's interesting to hear about these tidbits, is it really necessary for the media to talk about every single event in the candidates' lives? I'd rather that they get to have some moments and interesting events to themselves without us knowing about it.

    October 16, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  6. Henry, Washington, Utah

    Aww, how cute...

    October 17, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    I can't believe how tedious these posts are getting. People should not be distracted by the minutiae of what this candidate is wearing and what that candidate's wife said and who showed up when... why not focus on the issues – wer'e eventually going to have to face the issues.

    October 17, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  8. Jeff Jacksonville, FL

    I hope he paid his Iowa staffer back.

    October 17, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. Rodney Dallas TX

    Didn't the Christian Republicans tear the Teletubbies apart because the big purple one carried a purse? I can't wait to hear what they say about this.

    October 17, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Sabi Kanani, Dallas TX

    Oh, so CNN is the paperazzi now?

    October 17, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. RightyTighty

    CNN is painting Obama as a girly man..
    Ha Ha!

    October 17, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Fred Seattle

    Quit whining people this is the "Ticker" and some political fanatics like myself love to read all and everything. It's an addiction. GO CNN!

    October 17, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Shelby Haverda, San Antonio, TX

    "It's alright to come out [of the closet] if you want to come out."

    It kind of angers me that he would tolerate that comment, though. Even with his stance on same-sex unions, and even if it was a joke. You know, because obviously all gay people carry around "girly" purses.

    Then again, I'm making a big deal out of nothing.

    October 17, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Kelley, Columbus, Ohio

    Perhaps CNN is painting Obama as a "family man," not a "girly man." A man whose campaign is not important enough to deny a stop for a gift for his daughters is a man who has his priorities in order.

    October 17, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    Obama carries a purse.

    Wow – CNN, you're journalism is surely up for another award, isn't it?

    Hey.. how about giving us ANOTHER story about Larry Craig's sex scandal and throw in a cute story about how HARD it is for Hillary being a woman.

    October 17, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. dancehallhips

    Way to waste my time and yours for even writing this. I'd like to think this is a fluke, but this is really what passes for news. CNN news. American news. Entertainment Tonight seems more politically engaging than you.

    October 17, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Steve Asheville, NC

    that man was my dad, ex nascar racer

    October 18, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Emily, Mpls, MN

    With everything that's going on in Iraq, not to mention the rest of the world, I fail to see how it's such a slow news day that CNN resorts to writing stuff like this. If Obama was not a presidential candidate, this wouldn't even be a headline.

    October 18, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |