Obama has taken some heat for his patriotism speech in Independence, Missouri -- but not from local supporters, including a mother and daughter who were so excited about meeting the senator, they cried (watch from 1:30 till the end):
Not long after, a woman literally gave Obama the shirt off his back:
Obama had decided to take a stroll down one of this tiny Missouri town's quiet streets Monday after a speech on the topic of patriotism. That sort of public appearance isn't something the Democratic presidential candidate does often, and he encountered people welcoming him onto the porches of their bungalows and clamoring politely but energetically in small crowds to see him . . . Obama would chat briefly, then resume his walk toward the tour.
Until he met Tootie Williams, that is.
The St. Louis native was wearing an oversized white T-shirt. It featured a picture of him and said: "Obama's in the House."
Obama said he loved it. So Williams said she'd give it to him and started to peel it off.
This caused much laughter, but also obvious consternation on Obama's part, even after she assured him she had on another shirt underneath -- which she did. As she struggled to remove the T-shirt with a mob of reporters and cameras looking on, he warned "Hold the rest of it down!"