Even though Obama himself said that he was being booed. Yes, fans around here yell “Yooook” as a form of praise when he comes up to bat, but they most certainly wouldn’t when being taunted for Youkilis being shipped to the White Sox. Nice try, Jay, better luck next time.
White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed headlines about President Obama getting booed over a Red Sox diss at a Massachusetts fundraiser.
“Anyone who knows Boston, knows the Red Sox and anyone who was ,in that room last night knows that the preponderance of people shouting in response to what the president said about Kevin Youkilis were saying ‘Yoooook and not booo’ for God’s sake,” Carney said.
Obama teased a Massachusetts crowd Monday about beloved Red Sox star Youkilis being traded to the Chicago White Sox — Obama’s hometown team. The crowd seemed to react with some lighthearted incredulity — as Red Sox fans tend to do when their team is dissed.
Carney played up Obama’s loyalty to his hometown team — commending the president for his refusal to “pander” to the crowd.
“There has been some really silly reporting about the president’s remarks regarding Kevin Youkilis last night,” Carney told reporters on Air Force One. “It is highly commendable in my view as a Red Sox fan that the president has always refused to pander on sports. He is a White Sox fan, he owns his fandom of the White Sox. He proved that again last night.”
“I don’t think the American people appreciate it when politicians suddenly pretend they are fans of other teams to curry favor. The president is very serious about that, he will not do that. He will not cross that line,” Carney said.
Update: The official White House transcript notes he was being booed.