CHICAGO - Barack Obama's campaign distanced itself from reports that an iPod monogrammed "B.O." - their candidate's initials - was found at the podium in Chicago where just moments earlier Obama addressed a local urban revitalization group. The iPod contained exclusively country music, mainly that of 74 year-old country singer icon Willie Nelson.
The musical genre, if indeed dear to Obama's soul, would strike a stark contrast to the "image of change" rallying cry of the aspiring Democratic Presidential candidate.
Obama campaign spokesperson Toby Jennings dismissed the iPod finding as meaningless. "There are thousands of people with those (B.O.) initials, thousands of podiums, and millions of iPods. It's just a coincidence."
Elsewhere in Illinois, opposing candidate Hillary Clinton played up the incident. While reaching out to a Decatur group calling itself "Fifty but Still Rockin'," Clinton proclaimed "Well, it's certainly not my iPod. I'm more a fan of (Cyndi) Lauper, Donny and Marie, and the Beatles," which drew loud cheers.
Libertarian political analyst Tulip Nilsson, however, downplayed the raucous fray, stating that the discussions had "nothing to do with peoples' true colors shining through. So what if he's a little bit country, she's a little bit rock 'n roll. Just let it be. Let it be. There will be an answer", a reference to potentially pivotal upcoming Democratic caucuses in Illinois and Texas.