President Barack Obama came to Boston one day after the trade of Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox.
Mr. Obama may be in a tough re-election this year when every vote will be important in November. No vote can be taken for granted.
With that in mind, Obama came back to one of his strongest bases in the nation, Massachusetts-where former Democratic candidates John Kerry and Michael Dukakis make their home.
In Boston at a fundraiser, the President was likely to make a big haul of campaign loot and shore up his voting base. He likely could expect Massachusetts to be one of his prime states of support.
That is-until Kevin Youkilis was traded from the Red Sox.
Many in Boston are still reeling that the Sox gave away the store for nothing much in return. Mr. Obama greeted the crowd with a big smile and a hearty thank you to his audience for sending Kevin Youkilis to his beloved White Sox.
The crowd was momentarily stunned as the fat cat jaws dropped open. Then, Mr. Obama was deluged with a flood of boos.
Those with a good memory will recall that on a previous fund rising visit, Mr. Obama met with the Celtics and made a disparaging comment about Rajon Rondo that sent the young player into a long slump.
Now he has done a similar favor to the Red Sox.
Of course, the President's good natured and joking "thank you" was given an equally good-natured ribbing with a cascade of catcalls.
Whether Mr. Obama lost any votes by rubbing salt into the open wound of Kevin Youkilis, Mitt Romney (a fan of the Red Sox and frequent attendee of games at Fenway) must be smiling.