Cousin Pookie? Who the heck has a cousin Pookie?
President Barack Obama returned home Sunday to the South Side of Chicago to make a plea for the re-election of Gov. Pat Quinn — just as early voting is set to begin Monday in Illinois.
“You’ve got to have his back,” Obama said, urging the crowd — estimated at 6,200 people — to vote for Quinn.
“Starting tomorrow, you can vote, too. You’ve got to grab your friends, you’ve got to grab your co-workers, you know, don’t just get the folks who you know are gonna vote, you’ve got to find Cousin Pookie,” Obama said. “He’s sitting on the couch right now watching football, hasn’t voted in the last five elections, you’ve got to grab him, and tell him to go vote.”
Well, if cousin Pookie hasn’t voted the past five elections he may need to go register to vote, and bring an ID.
Quinn needs a massive African-American turnout to beat his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner. That’s why Obama held his Sunday night rally at the 6,000-seat Chicago State University Jones Convocation Center on the campus near East 95th and King Drive.
He made his pitch on some of the most pro-Obama real estate in Illinois — rich with Democratic votes — at a school that made a great effort but ultimately missed the first cut to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.
Apparently the crowd stayed to watch this stump speech, unlike earlier Sunday when a bored Maryland audience wandered off during Obama’s speech.