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President Obama booed over Red Sox joke

President Obama (re)learned a political lesson as old as time on Monday night: Don’t mess with the Boston Red Sox in Massachusetts. Like, ever.

The president was reportedly booed at a fundraiser in Boston after making reference to a trade this week between his hometown Chicago White Sox and the BoSox.

“Finally Boston, I just want to say: Thank you for Youkilis,” Obama said, referring to longtime Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was traded to the White Sox on Sunday.

It didn’t go over well with the crowd. Reporters in the room said Obama was booed, as did the White House transcript and Obama himself.

“I didn’t think I’d get any boos out of here,” Obama said. ”I should not have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake. My mistake. You gotta know your crowd.”

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Why Obama’s hot mike moment stings

President Obama was caught on a hot mike in South Korea suggesting to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” in missile defense negotiations after he wins reelection.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said of incoming Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, who will replace Medvedev in May. “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”

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This statement is 100 percent true.

“The fact is that we’re in the middle of a presidential campaign,” said former Maine senator and Defense Secretary Bill Cohen in an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” today. “Any issue of great substance is not going to be decided or debated.”

Unfortunately for Obama, it’s also a pretty big gift for Republicans, who were already set to rehash Obama’s first-term health care agenda this week and plan to argue that the president would do bigger (read: more liberal) things as a lame duck president.

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