Radio Caller: 'This Is Barack Obama, Formerly of Somerville'
President calls in to Massachusetts governor's final show
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2014 4:54 PM CST

(Newser) – On his final radio show as Massachusetts governor today, Deval Patrick took a notable call: "Governor," said the caller to Boston Public Radio, "this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville." It was indeed the president, calling his friend to say that he had a "few complaints about service" but adding that "I've moved down South since that time ..." The Somerville part is a reference to his former days as a Harvard student, notes the Washington Post.

Obama lavished praise on Patrick's accomplishments, and the two also talked sports and parking tickets. At one point, Patrick needled Obama about his pronunciation of the state. "Mr. President, you know I love you, but you still have trouble saying Massachusetts," said the governor. Responded Obama: "There's a little lisp thing that develops when I say Massachusetts. I can spell it, though."