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Harkin: Southern Senator called Obama “exotic”

Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Tom Harkin

DES MOINES – The Des Moines Register reported today that during an editorial board meeting with out-going Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, he told them that a “southern senator” had referred to President Barack Obama as “exotic”.

According to the Register, Harkin and a group of Senators had gone behind closed doors to meet and no press or staff was present.

“It was very interesting,” Harkin told the Register.

“And, not naming any names,” Harkin continued, “but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘You’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like -– he thought for a second and he said -– like he’s exotic.’

Harkin told the Register that he and others at the meeting were somewhat confused by the Senator’s description of the President.

“We kind of laughed at that –- what’s that mean? Exotic? That he’s just exotic, that he doesn’t share our values and that kind of thing. It was kind of a strange comment.  Everybody just kind of laughed at the idea of exotic.”

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