Obama grabs bite in Boston, rallies for Markey in Roxbury
ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -- President Obama rallied in Boston Wednesday, supporting Congressman Edward Markey’s run for Senate. His first stop: a surprise visit to Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe in the South End.
Obama was with Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick, but he made a special plea for the customers to cast their vote for Ed Markey in the upcoming special election for Senate. Dinners were both surprised and excited.
“He gave me a hug. I’m so excited. I’m never taking my shirt off,” said one woman at the restaurant.
The President ordered a cheese burger and fries. Ronnie Alfaro said he had to cook it with a secret service agent watching closely.
“Yeah, I was pretty nervous, you know, because the guy had been here earlier and he was like ‘this is for the President of the United States’ and I was like, ‘Really? Wow,’” said Alfaro.
From there, the President moved on to the Reggie Lewis Center where hundreds were waiting for the big rally for Ed Markey. The President told the crowd he needs Democrats like Markey in the Senate, Democrats who will support his agenda for the country.
“I can’t do it by myself. I’ve got to have folks with me. I need Ed Markey in the United States Senate,” said Obama.
And Markey said he’s ready to stand with him.
“I am running because it is time to fight for the best jobs in the world to be here in the United States of America,” said Markey.
But the supportive crowd playfully booed the President when he mentioned a certain championship series that starts tonight.
“I’m not going to say anything about the outstanding qualities of the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m not going to say anything, I’m not going to do it,” said Obama.
Ed Markey is hoping the President’s visit will give him a big boost in the polls. The Senate election is June 25th.