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Election Funny!

On Thursday night, while I was getting ready to attend a break fast at a friend's house, I got a phone call from one of those political surveys. It wasn't a push poll, which was kind of disappointing, because I always want to give the push pollers the exact answer that will flummox them. But it did include one rather wonderful little exchange:

Poller: Are you a) very likely, b) somewhat likely, c) somewhat unlikely, d) very unlikely to vote for Barack Obama?
FP: Very likely.
Poller: Would you say that your neighbors are a) very likely, b) somewhat likely, c) somewhat unlikely, d) very unlikely to vote for Barack Obama?
FP: Well, considering that one of my neighbors is Barack Obama . . .
Poller: (moment of stunned silence) No way . . .
FP: Yes way. This is a Hyde Park address. Barack Obama lives a few blocks down the street from me. I walk by the cop cars when I go to school.
Poller: Awesome! How cool is that!

. . . and his neutrality went straight out the window.

Gotta love the Hyde Park experience.

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perelleth
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
ROTFL! At least the poor guy had a story to tell different from "they sento me to hell " or they insulted me today..." :-)
frenchpony
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I do like to make people's lives more interesting!
dawtheminstrel
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
LOLOL. That is awesome!

Why would they waste their money and time polling in Illinois?
frenchpony
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. Illinois is a Red State, except for Chicago, which is still controlled by King Richard's Democratic Machine. Chicago is big enough to trump the vote of everyone else in the state, so Illinois will reliably vote Democratic in every election. There's certainly very little point in polling in Chicago, especially this year, and almost no point in polling the rest of Illinois either.
meckinock
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Illinois isn't that red. My grandfather was the head electrician at the University of Illinois, and I quote (my dad), "it didn't matter how big a crook he was, or how smart he was or how dumb he was, he always voted Democrat. He always voted a straight ticket so he'd be sure where his vote was going."

My mother's family were from the Macomb area and they were all Democrats, too.

Edit: Also, based on the signs I saw out in NW Illinois yesterday and today, it's running about 50% Obama.



Edited at 2008-10-11 11:36 pm (UTC)
elliska
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
That's the coolest possible poll answer ever. I would have had so much fun being able to do that.

And honestly, I had no idea where he lived. That's cool. You live down the street from the new President. Nice address!
frenchpony
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
I almost couldn't believe it when he asked. It was such a golden opportunity, the perfect setup. I had to seize that moment and tell him the truth. And I loved how excited he got at the thought that Barack Obama actually has actual neighbors.

Obama and I have the same polling place. Apparently, he voted around two in the afternoon on Super Tuesday, and I'm considering waiting until then to vote in November, instead of voting first thing in the morning like I usually do.
meckinock
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
So do they have his street blocked off so people can't drive past his house?
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Nope. It's on a bus route, so they have to keep it open. They do have cop cars and those portable metal gates lining the sidewalks, and I think that KAM Isaiah will be very happy when the election is over -- I didn't go on account of I can't afford it, but I think that the High Holy Day services were a nightmare of people-wrangling past the Obama security.
meggins
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
You certainly did brighten that pollster's day. Mine, too. I didn't realize you and Obama were neighbors. I can spin some heads now!
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Yup, he lives about four blocks west of me.
telperion1
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Hee! Very cute indeed.

And I want to be able to say I live a few blocks down from Obama. That is a very cool thing indeed.
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
It is cool! I like telling people I'm going to vote for my neighbor.

I was waiting for the bus with a friend of mine today, and this large stream of shiny black SUVs drove past, containing squads of large men in suits and sunglasses. I have a feeling that a certain Presidential candidate might have come home for dinner . . .
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