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Obama levitates a reporter

On Thursday, Barack Obama visited Upstate New York, got called a "hottie" and encouraged a New York Times reporter to try a hovercraft. Today, there is video, above, courtesy of the White House.

From the Thursday pool report:

Call it Barack Obama's Excellent Adventure in a factory -- with grudging help from a member of the pool.

POTUS toured the shops of Industrial Support Inc., a multi-purpose small manufacturing facility in Buffalo.

The highlight: a lot of presidential laughter when he exhorted New York Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg to sit down on a small hovercraft that briefly levitated off the surface of the freshly painted shop floor.

"Who wants to try this out?" a broadly smiling Obama said to the pool when shown the roughly 3-foot wide disc.

Spotting Stolberg, he urged her to try it, telling factory employees she was from the New York Times.

"You're levitating," he exclaimed with child-like enthusiasm as a slightly embarrassed Stolberg skidded a few feet across the floor.

He hugged her and later told her as he walked past the pool, "Your kids are going to love it…, not just writing about the Supreme Court."

Obama also watched a demonstration of a small bottle rocket launcher as it sent three Pepsi bottles flying about 100 feet. "I never had this stuff in science class," he said.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  May 14, 2010; 5:41 PM ET
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boy, the people in this planet with no sense of humor ..... just amazing. No such think as pure simple fun.

Posted by: summicron1

Fun story. It was sad that the press pool wasn't fighting each other to get on the thing. No "child" left in them.

Posted by: James10 | May 15, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: itkonlyyou59 | May 14, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

boy, the people in this planet with no sense of humor ..... just amazing. No such think as pure simple fun.

Posted by: summicron1 | May 14, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course this is all new! They never had these for the Muslim millitants in Africa.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Magic Carpet Ride words and music by John Kay and Rushton Moreve would have been appropriate to go with the video.

"...Last night I held Aladdin's lamp
And so I wished that I could stay
Before the thing could answer me
Well, someone came and took the lamp away
I looked around, a lousy candle's all I found

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free..."

Posted by: dottydo | May 14, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The magic carpet ride MUMS vedics with foggy crystal balls and swami hats can really use.

Posted by: dottydo | May 14, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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