President Obama was Once Mistaken for a Waiter at a Book Party

By Hannington Dia

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s profiling commentsfollowing the Trayvon Martincase, a 2008 Wall Street Journalarticle has resurfaced, noting the time Obama (pictured) was mistaken as a waiter at a book party 10 years ago.

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According to reporter Katherine Rosman, the incident happened at the home of Daily Beast journalist Tina Brown and husband Harold Evans. A group of elite journalists had gathered in the garden behind the couple’s Manhattan apartment. They were celebrating the publication of Sidney Blumenthal’s”The Clinton Wars,” a re-telling of formerPresident Clinton’s White House years.

(Blumenthal was Clinton’s aide)

Though not invited to the event, Rosman attended as a guest of invitee and political columnist Eric Alterman. Here, she met then-Senator Obama:

“Standing by myself I noticed, on the periphery of the party, a man looking as awkward and out-of-place as I felt. I approached him and introduced myself. He was an Illinois state senator who was running for the U.S. Senate. He was African-American, one of a few black people in attendance.”

Though she was charmed by Obama’s charisma and even wanted to do a profile on him, Rosman said the waiter incident stuck out most:

“But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.”

“What a country.”

And now that “waiter” is running it.



About Pedro Heizer

I'm a person of simple taste, all I need is some country music, Batman, Star Wars, sports, coffee, and most importantly Jesus Christ, because what profits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? View all posts by Pedro Heizer

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