On his pre-inaugural visit to Benâ€™s Chili Bowl, a landmark for Washingtonâ€™s African-American community, President Barack Obama was asked by a cashier if he wanted his change back.
â€œNah, we straight,â€ Obama replied.
The phrase was so subtle some listeners missed it. The reporter on pool duty quoted Obama as saying, â€œNo, weâ€™re straight.â€
But many other listeners did not miss it. A video of the exchange became an Internet hit, and there was a clear moment of recognition among many blacks, who got a kick out of their Harvard-educated president sounding, as one commenter wrote on a hip-hop site, â€œmad cool.â€
For real. For real.