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Obama gets played in Germany


Sam Roggeveen


29 July 2008 09:53

Guest blogger David Howarth last week gave an account of Barack Obama's trip to Germany. David noted his scepticism about the apparently coincidental meeting between Obama and a German reporter in Obama's hotel gym, resulting in a scoop front page photo for the reporter's paper. The NY Times now confirms the whole thing was a sting, and Obama, it seems, is a wiser man:

Obama marveled: “I’m just realizing what I’ve got to become accustomed to. The fact that I was played like that at the gym. Do you remember ‘The Color of Money’ with Paul Newman? And Forest Whitaker is sort of sitting there, acting like he doesn’t know how to play pool. And then he hustles the hustler. She hustled us. We walk into the gym. She’s already on the treadmill. She looks like just an ordinary German girl. She smiles and sort of waves, shyly, but doesn’t go out of her way to say anything. As I’m walking out, she says: ‘Oh, can I have a picture? I’m a big fan.’ Reggie takes the picture.”

I ask him if he found it a bit creepy that she described his T-shirt as smelling like “fabric softener with spring scent.”

He looked nonplused: “Did she describe what my T-shirt smelled like?”