Obama Hoax VP Emails: "I should mention a CIA souse says Sibelius." I still say Chet Edwards(maybe).
Posted Friday, August 22, 2008 4:58 PM
Obama Visits Kansas?
Sadly, it's not--at least not yet. At 4:41, I frantically called the Gazette's Managing Editor Gwendolynne Larson to find out why the Obama campaign was visiting Emporia today. Turns out that I'd gotten both the "where" and the "when" of the story wrong. According to Larson, the Obama campaign called "yesterday out of the blue," informing the paper that Obama was coming through town. "All of it happened yesterday afternoon," she said, "and the upshot of it is that Obama's campaign didn't realize we were Emporia, Kansas--he was near Emporia, Virginia." Here's the full scoop:
At 4:39 p.m. this afternoon, Politico's Avi Zenilman posted a cryptic item on one of the site's well-trafficked blogs. It read, in its entirety, "The Emporia (KS) Gazette reports: Obama visits Emporia. Obama Campaign gives Emporia Gazette staff 20 minutes notice of visit." Talk about a headturner. With the entire political world obsessing over Barack Obama's impending veepstakes announcement--and with Emporia only an hour from Topeka, where a certain Kansas governor/VP finalist is working out of her offices today--I'm sure dozens of other reporters came to the same conclusion I did: IT'S SEBELIUS!
"We were prepared to scramble if they had given us the call back. 'Cause it kind of made sense. He has family here, and if he's on his way up to Topeka to see Sebelius, it's on his way. But we started doing our own looking and somebody figured out, you know, he's in Virginia this morning. And we said, 'But he could still fly here!' And then somebody said, 'There is an Emporia, VIRGINIA.' Right about that time, Obama's campaign called back and said, 'We're sorry, we thought you...' And I said, '... were in Virgina, right?' And they said, 'Yeah.' [Laughs] I think it's probably time to throw the whole story up and let the whole country read it."