Date
23 August 2017
Aia Cooper reacts as President Obama turns to her and her boyfriend in a humorous encounter in a Chicago polling precinct. Photo: CBS
Aia Cooper reacts as President Obama turns to her and her boyfriend in a humorous encounter in a Chicago polling precinct. Photo: CBS

Mr President, don’t touch my girlfriend

First he was startled, then he recovered his poise and went on to laugh about it.

And who wouldn’t be shocked if you had an unexpected brush with an overprotective, insanely jealous and smart alecky man?

Never mind that you’re Barack Obama.

It seems that Obama was at a polling booth in Chicago, quietly minding his civic duty, when a man approached him and said: “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfirend”.    

Aia Cooper, the woman in question, was in the next booth but that’s merely geography.

The substance of the conversation that followed was more social studies and the art of subtlety.

“I really wasn’t planning it,” Obama told the woman’s fiance, Mike Jones, before adding that the man was “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason”, according to CNN. 

In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tuesday afternoon, Cooper said she was “embarrassed and just shocked” after hearing her fiance’s comments.

“I was just shaking,” she said.

Cooper was already a liitle nervous to cast her ballot next to the president even before Jones made his remark.

“I was like, ‘do I have to stand there? I don’t really want to stand there,’” she said.

When asked by Baldwin, the couple said they’d be open to inviting the Obamas to their wedding.

“I wanna meet Michelle,” Cooper said. “Hopefully she doesn’t think anything about me, but I really want to meet her.”

At the poll Monday, Cooper apologized for her boyfriend, telling the president she knew Jones was going to “say something smart” but she didn’t know what.

At least she would go back home with a good story.

But Obama got the last laugh. After the voting, he went over to Cooper and gave her a hug and a kiss in full view of Jones.

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