"You might be surprised by what that is," he said.
"Hillary's autobiography?" I quipped. Not for this guy, I figured, a lifelong Republican and two-time Bush supporter.
"Close." As I removed the bag, he said, "It's Barack Obama's book." He was intrigued by Obama's message, he said, so he figured he'd read it...
Yesterday, while discussing the election, he said, "This is the most exciting race that I can remember." Then he added happily, "and I think I'm going to vote for Obama."
His perspective was enlightening. No, Obama doesn't have a lot of experience, he conceded, but that is not his number one concern. Divisiveness is. George Bush made no effort to be inclusive, he said disgustedly. "I don't know if anyone can bring this country back together, but someone has to try."
As I write this, I have just finished reading a Washington Post column postulating that Obama is doomed in red states like Utah. Maybe, maybe not.