Guys in Overalls Surprise Obama

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Nov 27, 2007 5:11pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Nancy Flores Report: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama expressed a mixture of surprise and delight Tuesday that the guys "in overalls" whom he is meeting while campaigning in rural Iowa are asking him about Burma — not corn.

"One of the great pleasures of running for president has been, you know, to go to some tiny town in Iowa and you’ve got some guy in overalls and a seed hat say, ‘what do you think about the situation in Burma?’

You know, and you think he is going to ask you about corn — and he asks you about Burma," said Obama, provoking laughter from the New Hampshire audience. "But that happens all the time."

Watch Obama’s comments here:

Obama made his comments during a foreign-policy forum in Portsmouth, N.H., on how to "restore America’s leadership in the world."

The Illinois senator was joined at the panel discussion by several foreign-policy experts including former Clinton National Security Advisor Anthony Lake who is now advising Obama.

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