Young Girl Goes on the Attack; Obama Stays Positive

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Fun interaction (paraphrased) between Barack Obama and a young attendee at a town hall event here in New Hampton, Iowa:

Young girl: “I just want to say that every time I see a commercial of Mitt Romney on TV I want to throw up.”

Barack Obama: “Haha. Okay. I feel you. What’s your question?”

Young girl: “I just want to say to anyone who is considering voting for Mitt Romney—”

Barack Obama: “Well, hold on, sweetie. I know you have an opinion on Mitt, but I want to use this forum for questions, not to dog Mitt Romney. Though he sometimes uses his town halls to dog me! So why don’t you ask a question.”

Young girl: “Uh, I guess I want to know your thoughts on Mitt Romney.”

Obama said that Romney is a man of accomplishment with great hair. He declined to engage Romney directly because, he said, he isn’t convinced Romney is going to be the Republican nominee. But, boy, Mitt Romney must have run over that little girl’s dog.

Update: Maybe that little girl is really, really good at getting the word out.

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