Chicago Poll Worker Questions Obama's Identity at Election Station

Chicago Poll Worker Questions Obama's Identity at Election Station

When President Obama appeared at a local Chicago polling place to cast his vote during the first week of Illinois’ early voting period, the poll worker didn’t believe he was who he said he was.

The president appeared at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center near his Chicago, Hyde Park home on the city’s south side to cast his vote. But before being ushered to a voting station, Obama had a spot of trouble getting past the first poll worker he encountered who looked askance at him asking if he was really the president. “That’s me,” Obama replied.

Obama announced loud enough for the press to overhear that he “loves voting” and said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

By some accounts, the president seemed momentarily confused by the voting machine requiring some help from the poll workers.

He was also unhappy with the height of the polling machine. “I will say this is made for folks who are a little short,” he said.

The president refused to report for whom he voted. “I can’t say that,” he said when asked by the press. “This is the most important office of democracy, the office of citizenry,” he said.

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