President Obama calls into radio show


“Barry from DC” was a surprise caller Tuesday morning for the final appearance by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine on “Ask the Governor” on WTOP-FM Washington, DC. President Barack Obama thanked Kaine, who is also Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, for his four years of service as Governor of Virginia.

After admitting that he was really the President of the United States, the caller first joked that he had a questions about traffic in Northern Virginia, but then got serious. “Rather than go there, I just wanted to say how proud we are of your service as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Obama told Kaine.

The entire exchange, about a minute and a half, is posted on the WTOP website. But now the in-studio video has also been added below.

For his part, Kaine insisted that the “happiest day” of his term in office was November 2008, when Obama was elected President. The two exchanged holiday greeting and both insisted that their wives are their better halves.

And then on to “traffic and weather on the eights.”

RBR-TVBR observation: No doubt Obama will be less likely to call Kaine’s Republican successor, Bob McDonnell, who also called in to congratulate the outgoing guv. Kaine was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.