Funny stuff! "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" - Martha Coakley Coakley quote even caused dismay in White House - Local News Updates - MetroDesk - The Boston Globe It was a quote in The Boston Globe that caught a lot of people's attention. Now, it turns out that it even caught the attention of the president of the United States at the White House early this yar, causing him to grab an aide's shirt and exclaim in dismay. Jonathan Alter, in his new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," writes that when aide David Axelrod told him that Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley had said those words, Obama reached out and grabbed his shirt. "No! No! You're making that up! That can't be right! Tell me she didn't say that!" the president said, tossing in a few obscenities, according to Alter.