Obama Calls Boston Radio Show, Identifies Himself As Guy ‘Formerly of Somerville’

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Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talked with an interesting caller today during the final installment of “Ask the Governor,” the monthly radio show that’s aired on WGBH Boston for the last eight years. “Hello, sir. Yes, you’re on with Gov. Deval Patrick,” said host Jim Braude. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller replied. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I’ve moved down South since that time …” 

After determining that he wasn’t speaking with an impostor, Patrick ribbed Obama about his inability to pronounce “Massachusetts,” but the president proved he did pick up some things about the area during his time at Harvard Law School. After Obama praised Patrick’s work in the state, the call devolved into chatter about local sports teams and parking issues. “You paid all those parking tickets in Somerville, correct?” asked Patrick. “I think I had to before I took office, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to step into the Commonwealth without being arrested,” Obama said.

Obama, ‘Formerly of Somerville,’ Calls Radio