Obama Surprises Deval Patrick By Calling In To Radio Show

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) joined Boston Public Radio on Thursday morning for his final time in office, when he got a surprise caller.

The transcript, via WGBH:

Barack Obama: "Hello?"

Jim Braude: "Hello, sir. Yes, you're on with Gov. Deval Patrick."

Barack Obama: "Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time..."

Deval Patrick: "You're kidding, Mr. President. Who is this impersonator? You're very good. Who is this really?"

Barack Obama: "I want to find out how it is that you got Massachusetts so strong and moving in the right direction."

Deval Patrick: "Mr. President, you know I love you, but you still have trouble saying Massachusetts. You know that don't you?"

Barack Obama: "You know, there's a little lisp thing that develops when I say Massachusetts.I know how to spell it, though."

Deval Patrick: "Indeed you do. And you know where it is. You've been a great friend to all of us. Thank you.

Obama said he wanted to commend Patrick for his record on education, the budget, health care and energy.

"I just wanted let my dear friend know how proud I am," he said. "Deval you done good, man."

Listen to the full call here.



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