Free tea

Being the library mercenary that I am, I volunteered to help organize a new library in East New York a little while ago. Now if you know anything about East New York, you know the place is not over flowing with cafes where one can buy a cup of tea. So I wound up at the bodgea. The Arab guys who run the store are from Yemen and they practically freak out on my button.

“Tea? All you want is tea? You can have anything in this store for free because of your pin!”

Why are these guys so enthusiastic about Obama?

“He wants all troops out of Iraq NOW! Hillary voted for the war. George Bush was wrong to go to Iraq. He made America the enemy of the Arab people.”

Duh.

There’s a guy who doesn’t speak English sitting on the newspapers, so the guy behind the meat counter is interpreting this conversation that I’m having with the cashier. He’s also adding his two-cents.

Meat counter says, “He says your button is nice. Obama looks nice, like a happy person.”

My Obama button gets me free stuff–I walk out with a hot tea.

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March 30, 2007. Barack Obama, Bodega, New York City.

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