April 10th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: I'm not 'getting fresh or anything'

 Obama campaigned in Indiana Thursday.
Obama campaigned in Indiana Thursday.

(CNN) – Barack Obama appeared to have a bit of an awkward moment on the campaign trail in South Bend, Indiana.

From the pool report:

"[Obama] posed for report pictures with the staff when he apparently felt his phone start to vibrate in his pocket on his right thigh – against which one woman was closely pressed.

"Now that’s my phone buzzing there," he said, drawing a laugh. "I don’t want you to think I’m getting fresh or anything."


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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. caywen

    Next, Bill Clinton will say, "Ah feel that this conduct is highly inappropriate and not becoming a commander in chief."

    Then, the resulting hypocrasy will collapse on itself causing a black hole to swallow the earth and we all perish.

    April 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. sumit

    Whta is the point u are trying to make here ?

    i think CCN has better things to cover rather than statement where Barack is saying about his some usual daily phone call for something.

    Don't erode your good name on the coverage ..

    April 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Sean

    Come on La504. Give us one example instead of making general statements. Every day something does come out about Clinton, however. Sniper fire, Columbia, NAFTA, CanadaGate, the Hospital story, $109 million yet still a "friend of the poor man". Obama hasn't thrown mud about any of it. But if she does manage to steal the nomination, don't think the Republicans will be so nice.

    April 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Rohit

    Chryssa April 10th, 2008 12:46 pm ET

    "Ha ha, who says "getting fresh" anymore?"

    I agree. Maybe he should have said "I am not getting Bill Clintony on you"
    hehehe.

    Hillary/Sinbad '08 : Experienced from day one (in dodging bullets)

    April 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Gracie

    That's the human side that people love to see and hear from a candidate, NOT one that feels like it's being overly strategized, rehearsed and scripted by staffers.

    That was funny!

    April 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Jon, Charlotte NC

    hah this is hilarious... i'm sure Fox News will distort this and try to make Obama out to be some sick guy, but its just another example of Obama's sense of humor and friendly character

    Obama/Richardson 08

    April 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. JUDE CT

    Yeah I understand Barack..... Bill Clinton would reach for something else. That freak!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. fred

    Ha, Ha, Ha!!

    He probably wouldn't know how to unless someone told or probably showed him.

    April 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Angel

    Yawn!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. JJ from Arizona

    Why was it awkward? Sounded like a decent attempt at a joke. C'mon you guys haven't heard anyone say that before?

    April 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Larry from LA

    With everything going on this is something worth mentioning. Wow you must really need to fill media time.

    April 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. EBC

    Brad –

    Why are YOU so bitter? I mean geezzz.... get a grip.

    April 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Chris from NC

    It's unsettling to see so many people write negative comments about this guy, or use false information to slam him. He's an incredible human being, and you all should wise up.

    I don't dislike McCain, either; I think he's been a great leader and has some solid ideals. But he's so interlinked with older politics, and therefore so many extremely conservative politicians will vie for influence.

    Obama is great man. Stop being willfully ignorant.

    April 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Joe Green

    Obama tells the truth.

    This statement:

    "Every day there is some unpleasant, disappointing, and disturbing discovery about this man!"

    is a LIE, however.

    You may have "misspoke" and were thinking of HILLARY and her prgnant woman stories (LIE) under fire in Bosnia (LIE) firing Mark Penn (LIE) and 110 million dollars in bribes.

    The WORST they can say about Obama is that his minister once said some bad things. That's it? Then they must not "have" anything on him, then.....

    Hillary, on the other hand.....

    April 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Carlo

    "Getting fresh" is definitely the old way. My grandparents raised me, and they used to say that all the time, so I definitely understand where he got the terminology from. As stressful as this campaign is, its nice to see that he can still be self-deprecating and humorous.

    April 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Terry Williams

    So this gets news but another superdelegate endorsement from PA, former and popular mayor of Pittsburgh, Maslof endorsement of Hillary is not news? Why do endorsements of Obama get front page headline news on the politics section but not news like John Murtha, the strongest opponent for the war in Iraq endorsing Hillary?

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Look byond

    Where are you sense of humor my friends?
    dammmmmmmmmmmmmmed!

    You guys need to go get some and come back.

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. An American in Canada

    IT SEEMS OBAMA'S MIND IS CONSTANTLY IN THE GUTTER.

    FIRST HE TELLS A CUSTOMER IN A RESTURANT REFERING TO THE POOR MAN'S MEAL THAT "HE WOULD BE A CHEAP DATE"

    THEN HE REFERS TO A VIBRATING PHONE AS A SEXUAL INUENDO , I THINK OBAMA NEEDS TO PAY A VISIT TO MICHELLE AND THEY CAN PLAY HIS FAVORITE RAP SONG BY JAY Z

    99 PROBLEMS IT IS A SONG THAT REMINDS OBAMA OF MICHELLE APTITUDES.

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Ian

    Obama '08

    Clinton deserves to finish the race, however, I do not think it will effect the outcome. We need a change, especially away from the standard washington politics which Clinton is part of.

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Grif

    You may be a Big Spender! But the Engagement is Off..
    Remember, November, for the rest of you're life..
    The day you were left at the Church....

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. BOSNIA SNIPERS UNION

    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS....

    Obama said something...

    Bill Clinton DID something

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Kate

    This man has tolerated more than most of us can imagine. He has been no darling of the press. His race has been made an issue by the purportedly non-racist Clintons. They HAVEN'T been able to make any scandals stick because this is a man of true character. Shame on La504 for such an ignorant and racist viewpoint.

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Madison , PA

    Hillary stop calling for negative tricks...!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Nancy riley

    ha ha , I like a president with a sense of humour

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Wise Dem.

    Presidential candidates are ordinary people too.

    Very refreshing

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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