KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) – Hands cupped under his chin as he sat in a family’s living room, Barack Obama smiled as they watched Michelle Obama introduced on their television screen.
Obama held a short photo-op at the beginning of his wife’s address to the convention. He was in the home of a family in battleground Missouri, the candidate sitting in between on a couch in front of the television.
“This is nerve-wracking,” he said, as the Girardeau family laughed.
As his wife took the podium, Obama relaxed a bit, and said “she looks pretty cute.”
About 300 people gathered outside the two-story home in the Kansas City neighborhood, chanting Obama’s name while he was inside. It wasn’t hard to figure out where he was. Besides the security presence, a satellite truck sat outside to beam his remarks to the convention floor after she wrapped up.
On the giant screen, he told the cheering delegates, “now you know why I asked her out so many times, even though she kept saying no.” Playing into the family theme of the night, Obama spoke with his daughters, who said “hi, Daddy” to the screen on stage next to their mother.