(CBS) — President Barack Obama had quite an encounter with a couple of voters Monday morning at his polling place at 43rd and Cottage Grove.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the president cast his ballot with the predictable fanfare and sounds of cameras, but what happened as he stood next to fellow voter Aia Cooper was not expected.
As he walked past the president’s voting booth, Mike Jones, Cooper’s boyfriend, told Obama, “don’t touch my girlfriend.”
“I said, I know you’re Mr. President, but don’t touch my girlfriend,” Jones said afterward.
Yep, Jones teased the president.
“I didn’t know what to say. I was just shaking. I said ‘Oh boy, this is the president. What am I supposed to do?” Cooper said.
The president expressed mock annoyance.
“There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason, just for no reason whatsoever.”
Mr. Obama predicted what Cooper would say later to her friends.
“‘I can’t believe Mike — he’s such a fool. I was just mortified. Fortunately, the president was nice about it. So it’s alright,’” Obama said.
Jones says that, “It was so silent in there and everyone was just taking pictures I figured I had to say something to make people laugh.”
It was President Obama who got the last laugh as he gave Cooper a hug and kissed her on the cheek.
“Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about. Now, he’s really jealous.”
No jealousy, just an everlasting memory.
Mike and Aia say they didn’t know the president was going to be there on the same day they were planning to vote. One day, they’ll tell their grandkids about it.
After the president voted, he made a stop at one of Gov. Quinn’s campaign offices on 47th St. The governor and Senator Dick Durbin were both there. The president brought sweets and encouraged campaign workers.
President Obama arrived in Chicago Sunday night and attended a rally for Illinois Democrats at Chicago State University. The president left Chicago about 6:15 p.m. after leaving a fundraiser where he was expected to raise $400,000.
South Side Pastor Corey Brooks is a staunch supporter of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner and, he thinks people will be able to separate support for the president versus the candidates.
“Our message is the same. This is not a race between Bruce Rauner and President Obama. This is a race between Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn and based upon that, we still tell people to do the exact same thing that we’re telling them all the time, that is vote for Bruce Rauner because we absolutely believe he’s the best candidate,” he said.
Pastor Brooks says he still supports Mr. Obama and voted for him for both times for president.