On Friday, August 29, Senator Obama telephoned Governor Palin after John McCain selected her as his vice-president nominee, wishing her luck, but not too much. Here’s the transcript:
Obama: Hello, Sarah?
Palin: Yes, this is Sarah Barracuda.
Obama: It’s me, Obama.
Palin: What’s up?
Obama: Not much. Just working the campaign trail.
Palin. That’s so awesome! Hey, can you wait a sec? I have to put Trig down.
(20 seconds of muzak)
Palin: Okay, I’m back.
Obama: Hey, good luck with your campaign.
Obama: But not too much luck! (chuckles)
Palin: Excuse me? “Not too much luck?” What the heck does that mean? What the heck are you saying, sir?
Obama: You know ‘not too much luck.’ It’s a joke. Listen, I was kidding.
Palin: Why would you call someone to wish them partial luck? Are you sick?
Obama: No, I’m not sick, it’s just, you know, it’s “good luck and all” but it’s not like I really want you to win this thing.
Palin: You don’t? But you called to wish me luck?
Obama: Partial luck.
Palin: What is wrong with you, sir?
Obama: Nothing. Listen, I’m sorry.
Palin: Really? Are you sorry or partially sorry.
Palin: Hello, Senator?
Obama: Partially sorry, I guess.
Palin: I thought so. Y’know, Senator Obama, I appreciate the phone call but my other Blackberry is ringing. Good day.
Palin: Hello, this is Sarah Barracuda.
Joe Biden: Hey, Sarah. It’s Joe.
Biden: Joe Biden – senator from Delaware. The state with more people than Alaska? Near Maryland.
Palin: I’m not familiar with either of those counties, but go ahead.
Biden: I just wanted to call and wish you good luck.
Palin: Well, that’s very nice of you.
Biden: But not too much luck! (chuckles)