October 18th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama juggles sports rivalry in Kansas City

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.

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soundoff (140 Responses)


    October 19, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  2. Lorie Dalton

    That's the sum total of your reporting on a speech before 75,000 people in Kansas City, Mo???? Pathetic reporting.Did some one just decide to phone in the first 30 seconds of the speech.

    October 19, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  3. McCain puts America First

    Poor, poor Obama Lemmings. Snap out of the hypnotic trance and come to your senses...Obama is a liar and a cheat.

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  4. Simmy

    He's the Bomb-Diggidy! (He's So Cool)!

    October 19, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. Andrew

    And McCain isn't, Edmund?

    October 19, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  6. john

    Palin on SNL
    Game over.
    She could not even say 'Live from NY...' Coreectly.
    Boring. She was not funy at all.

    October 19, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. S. Boatman

    Palin Was On Saturday Night Live And She Sucked!

    October 19, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  8. Becky Smith

    Wow 100,000 and 75,000 in the same day.

    October 19, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  9. Palin on SNL2

    She didn't do anything at all. She might as well have not been on in the first place.

    October 19, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 and '12

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!VOTE EARLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  11. Craig in Kansas

    I will be so glad when this election is over and Obama is our next president. I am tired of all the hate from the McSame/Palin ticket. It is just sour grapes.

    October 19, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  12. shelly

    "OBAMA 08" People can try to hit u in many ways but with god as ur sheild they can't touch u at all. Its already in the works! America wants and need change. :o)

    October 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Stephy

    Alright Dems and everyone else who is looking toward the future, lets put a man in office who is more concerned with U.S. and not A.I.G.

    October 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. BM

    Palin missed her calling. She might want a career in acting. She is definitely not a politician. Maybe in showbiz, she can get away with an abuse of power.
    I would rather see Tina Fey.

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Rose

    Louisiana hasn't been mentioned at all – mainly because it's a predominantly Republican state... But I would LOVE to see Obama come to Baton Rouge or New Orleans! There's more voters here pulling for him than he, McCain and the media might think... OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    October 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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