Halloween tip: back off
* November 2, 2008
BARACK Obama got testy with a foreign TV crew that dogged the presidential hopeful and his seven-year-old daughter Sasha during a Halloween stop off the campaign trail.
The Illinois senator took a break of a few hours to see his daughters Sasha and Malia, 10, at his Chicago home and then took Sasha by the hand for a walk to an afternoon party at the house of his campaign treasurer, Marty Nesbitt.
A pool of photographers, reporters and a video crew travelling with Senator Obama quickly covered the spontaneous moment.
"All right guys, that's enough," said Senator Obama, wearing a casual outfit and sunglasses in the early evening. He and his daughter were walking right towards the media on a public street.
"You got a shot," he told the photographers. "Leave us alone. Come on, guys."
He told the media to get back on the bus, referring to the vehicle where the travelling press pool often waits for him.
Senator Obama then crossed the street with Sasha. They were followed by a cameraman and reporter who said they were from Polish station Wydarzenia — too closely for the candidate's comfort.
Senator Obama, clearly annoyed, removed his sunglasses to stare down the crew, who stepped back.
Accompanied by his Secret Service bodyguards, the Democrat then broke into a trot, with Sasha still in hand.
Streams of costumed children going door to door on the traditional "trick or treat" run were out and about. Sasha's Halloween outfit was a white cape and what appeared to be a black leotard. Aides said her costume was a "corpse queen".
Flying into Chicago from a rally in Iowa, Senator Obama emerged from his plane carrying a large Halloween pumpkin.
Kind of like those Chuck Norris things...;)