Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-4 in his second game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but this time in a 3-2 win over the Twins at Minnesota thanks to Gavin Floyd's seven scoreless innings. However, Youkilis still couldn't escape the national spotlight. This time it was presidential.

Youkilis heard the news that a flap resulted when President Obama, a White Sox fan, made comments that touched a nerve in Red Sox Nation at a fundraiser in Boston on Monday night.

While the popular former Red Sox third baseman was playing his first game for the White Sox, Obama was booed when he told the crowd: "I want to say thank you for Youkilis."

Although some in the crowd thought they heard more chants of "Youuuk" than boos, Obama was caught a bit off guard.

"I didn't think I was going to get any boos out of here," Obama said. "I should not have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake."

The aftermath hit Youkilis in full Tuesday, in the form of e-mails and text messages.

"It was pretty funny just to see that, and the family got a good kick out of it," Youkilis said. "There are mass e-mails going around to the family. It's probably a better way to get mentioned by the president than other ways, so it's a good thing."

It has been an emotional last few days for Youkilis, but getting back to the business of baseball, and more important, the business of winning, was just what he needed. He was again hitting second in the lineup, and he started at third base before moving to first late in the game when Eduardo Escobar came in at third.

"Being here and going to the hotel and then coming to the field and having a normal 24 hours, it's a lot easier to concentrate on playing," Youkilis said. "Kind of trying to each day push it away because this is my new team. I can still keep in contact with those guys and stay friends with them, but it's not my team anymore. It's definitely a realization, and it's good to be in first place rather than at the bottom."

Youkilis will get a first-hand look at the same crowd that booed Obama soon, as the Sox have a trip to Boston in July. First, however, they go to a very familiar place for Youkilis, playing the Yankees in New York starting Thursday.

"I told everyone I'll take all the yelling at and screaming at for the whole team for four days," Youkilis said. "They'll probably hound me and get on me pretty good, but I know definitely one thing: They don't hate me as much as they used to, once I changed teams. It will be fun."

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