Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Barack Obama Calling Her "The Voice of New York"

Angie Martinez: "How cool was that? It was so big. I had been obsessed with him when he was a senator and he was at the National Convention and gave that speech that everybody started noticing him. I went out the next month or whenever his book came out, I bought his book, and really fell in love with his story and the work he had done. I gave the book to a couple people at the station like, ‘You should read about this guy! You should read this book.’

 

I was already into him as a human being and when he decided to run for President, I was so thrilled.

 

"I was already into him as a human being and when he decided to run for President, I was so thrilled. We got to the point where he called into my show to talk about running for president and I was already so on board with him that he could have said anything and I was over the moon. [Laughs] So the fact that he was just so down to earth and so in touch, it really warmed my heart. It really was a special moment.

"When he was in the White House, I actually got invited to go to the White House, they were doing a night of spoken poetry and music. It was amazing. They had a bunch of people there performing and doing poetry. Obama was there with his family, they sat two tables away from me and it made me really feel like it was accessible and it was really a nice moment."

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