But this election was over relatively early, and it was called at 11 p.m. on the east coast. Ali says George assured her Obama would win all the way back in spring. "I kept saying to him, 'What do you think? Is Obama going to win?' And he said, 'Yes.'" she says. "I was texting him during the election, saying, 'Really?' And he said, 'Absolutely. It's done.'"
Mark says at a dinner over the summer, he sat next to George and asked the same question. "He said, 'On November 4, Obama will be elected president. Please pass the rigatoni,'" Mark jokes.
"The rigatoni was terrific, by the way," George says.