Correction Nov. 15, 2007
The college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Sen. Obama was scheduled to speak is misidentified in the audio of this story. It is Kirkwood Community College.
SCOTT SIMON, host:
So your plane was late and they lost your luggage, at least you got there. Barack Obama was expected to appear at a dinnertime rally in Cedar Rapids this week, but instead, his chartered campaign jet landed at Des Moines - same state, different city.
The crew realized their mistake when a convoy of Secret Service cars did not roll up to meet Mr. Obama's plane. They made a few phone calls, filed a new flight plan and took off for Cedar Rapids, where several hundred Iowans who get to vote in caucuses in just a few weeks were left stewing in the gym at Kirkwood Community College. But most of the crowd waited and gave Senator Obama a warm reception. We just seemed to overshoot the runway by about a hundred and fifty miles, he told reporters. The names of the crew were not reported, but somehow we think that if Senator Obama becomes president, they won't be hired to fly Air Force One. Oh, sorry, Mr. President. We thought you meant Paris, Texas. I mean, the other one's across the ocean.
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