In the wake of Bush’s congratulatory nod to Barack Obama on clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, here’s an interesting anecdote from a 2004William Finnegan article in the New Yorker.
Jan Schakowsky, a liberal Democratic congresswoman who represents Evanston and parts of north Chicago, told Finnegan about a “visit she had made to the White House with a congressional delegation. On her way out, she said, President Bush noticed her ‘OBAMA’ button. ‘He jumped back, almost literally,’ she said. ‘And I knew what he was thinking. So I reassured him it was Obama, with a “b.” And I explained who he was. The President said, “Well, I don’t know him.” So I just said, “You will.”‘”