Just in case you missed it, Democrat Roy Barnes jumped at the chance this week to try to set the record straight on what many observers felt was a snub of President Barack Obama this summer during his visit to Atlanta.
At the time of the Aug. 2 visit, Political Insider’s Jim Galloway quoted Barnes as saying: “I’d rather be with these folks [in south Georgia], if you want to know the truth. I’m not running for governor of Washington D.C. I’m running for governor of Georgia.”
But on the Frank Ski and Wanda Smith show at V-103, a station with a large African-American audience, Barnes insisted he would have met with the president instead of dozens of sheriffs who were endorsing his campaign that day, but he said Obama insisted otherwise.
Here’s just a snippet of the exchange Barnes relayed to Ski, as reported Thursday by Galloway:
“He [Obama] said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’
“And I [Barnes] said, ‘Well, I’ll cancel it if you want me to.’
“He said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’ He said, ‘Listen, you can always see me.’