The 2020 presidential candidate said there was no Hollywood ending when he first met the actress at a fundraiser for Ben Jealous’ Maryland gubernatorial campaign.
“She didn’t give me the time of day,” he told the crowd in Orangeburg, South Carolina, as seen in the clip below.
“So we met again, and I had one of those really awkward experiences,” he said. “I’m a United States senator, and I had to get up the courage to walk up to her and ask her for her phone number. And this doesn’t make me nervous, but that made me nervous.”
Then the script flipped.
“She gave me the phone number,” he said.
Event moderator Don Lemon brought up the subject of Booker’s relationship, asking the senator about the odds of a White House wedding.
“Is this CNN or TMZ?” Booker said.
Booker, who gushed about Dawson’s “nurturing spirit” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last week, sang her praises again on Wednesday.
“She is an incredible girlfriend,” he said. “I’m very lucky to be in a relationship with someone who is just so incredibly special, but more importantly has taught me so much in a very short period of time.”
Dawson has already reportedly said Booker would make a fine president.