Aia Cooper and her fiance Mike Jones voted next to Barack Obama in Chicago on Monday
Jones jokingly told Obama, "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend"
Cooper said she was nervous to cast her ballot next to the president even before Jones made his remark
The woman who voted next to President Barack Obama on Monday says she was “embarrassed and just shocked,” after her fiancé jokingly told him “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend.”
Casting his ballot in Chicago on Monday, Obama stood at a voting booth next to Aia Cooper, whose fiancé, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise with the president, which prompted Obama to reply with “I really wasn’t planning on it,” before adding that Jones was “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.”
In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tuesday afternoon, Cooper said she was “embarrassed and just shocked” after hearing her fiancé comments. “I was just shaking,” she said.
Cooper was nervous to cast her ballot next to the president even before Jones made his remark.
“I was like, ‘do I have to stand there? I don’t really want to stand there,’” she said.
When asked by Baldwin, the couple said they’d even be open to inviting the Obamas to their future wedding.
“I wanna meet Michelle,” Cooper said. “Hopefully she doesn’t think anything about me, but I really want to meet her.”
At the poll Monday, Cooper apologized for her boyfriend, telling the President she knew Jones was going to “say something smart,” but she didn’t know what.
At least she would go back home with a good story: Obama joked that she would tell her friends and family, “I can’t believe Mike, he is such a fool.”
“But fortunately, the President was nice about it, so it’s alright,” Obama said, imagining how Cooper would tell the story.
Obama got back at Jones after voting, with a hug and a kiss for his fiancée.
“On the cheek, just the cheek – please, Michelle, don’t come after me – just the cheek!” Cooper told CNN affiliate WLS-TV after voting.
“Now, he’s really jealous,” Obama told Cooper.
Obama was in Chicago on Sunday and Monday campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, who is facing a tough battle for re-election.
Obama also helped lead the Democratic push for early voting in Illinois, casting his ballot on the first day of early voting near his Chicago home.
And you can catch the post-kiss interview here, at about 1:45: