April 25, 2012

An iconic photograph and the story behind it as recounted on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show. University of Colorado student Madalyn Starkey becomes a star overnight.

SHARPTON: What was going through your mind when President Obama walked in.

DIVE BAR GIRL: “It just like didn’t even seem real, I have seen him on tv, and now he is at the same restaurant with me with only 30 other people? And we called him ‘the casual Obama’ because he took off his jacket, and was just being all the charismatic guy he is. It was incredible.”

SHARPTON: “What was the exchange like?”

DIVE BAR GIRL: “That was a bit awkward. He went over to everyone’s table first off, and finally the paparazzi like cleared out of the way and he got to our table, and the only thing I said to him was ‘Can I get a picture,’ and he said ‘stand up,’ we took the picture, and then literally all I said was, ‘you smell good’ — and that was the end of the conversation. Because I just get so starstruck that I was just like –ahhh! — I couldn’t say anything.”

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“Just met Obama at the Sink.”

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