KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) – Any good politician knows a few things when it comes to sports: keep your teams straight; don’t get in the middle of any nasty rivalries; and always make note of the big game.
On Saturday night in Kansas City, Barack Obama had, what some sports fans would say the misfortune, of speaking perilously close to kick-off in the evening marquis college football game: University of Missouri vs. University of Texas.
“I guess Missou has got a pretty big game tonight doesn’t it? We got to get out of here quick then we’ve got to get out of here quick so y’all can go home and see the game,” Obama said to wild cheers from a crowd his campaign said totaled over 75,000 people.
A rumbling in the front of the crowd drew Obama’s attention.
“No? You don’t care?” he said. “Oh, I don’t want to get caught up in this whole Kansas Jayhawks, Missou thing I don’t want to get into that. This campaign is about bringing all people together,” he said to applause.
This reporter noted Obama shortened his stump speech a bit - no confirmation that had anything to do with getting undecided voters home in time to see the game.