Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A trinket for the girls raises eyebrows

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Barack Obama, the Democratic frontrunner in the New Hampshire primary race, picked up more than just the promise of votes for Tuesday’s primary while campaigning here.

During a scheduled photo opportunity at Jack’s Coffee Shop, the Illinois senator stopped by the store next door, Vessels & Jewels, to buy his daughters, Malia, 9, and Natasha, 6, jeweled bracelets. Their daddy also bought a jeweled key ring, and then paid the $36 tab with a debit card.

As Stacy Smith, the manager of the shop, processed the purchase, the candidate asked if his debit card had gone through.

“It would be embarrassing if it didn’t,” Obama joked.

The charge cleared without incident and the junior senator left to shake hands and chat with the coffee patrons at Jack’s.

“He’s the first candidate to ever walk through our door to show interest in something other than the campaign,” Smith said.

“I’m glad he took the time,” added Kristin Burgess, the craftswoman who made the jewelry.

Burgess considered the idea that if Obama wins the presidency, her jewelry could end up in the White House.

“Now, that would be amazing,” she said.

1 comment:

Manny Fresh said...

What would be more embarrassing is if the store clerk asked for ID.