By Joshua Altman - 10/25/12 10:05 PM EDT
President Obama appeared to need some help on Thursday as he cast his early ballot in Chicago.
Obama, using a touch-screen voting machine, required the assistance of one of the poll workers a few minutes into the process.
It took Obama about three or four minutes to go through the ballot, according to a White House pool report, which noted that a poll worker had to help the president finalize his vote, which took a few additional minutes.
“Is that your wife?” Obama asked.
No, said the poll worker, “That’s my wife,” pointing to a woman across the room.
“I just wanted to make sure,” Obama joked. “Always take that phone call.”
After successfully casting his vote, Obama made a pitch for early voting, calling it “an incredibly efficient process.”
Early voting “means you don’t have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast a ballot” he said, before taking pictures with poll workers.
Obama, who had to show an ID before he could vote, also made a joke about his hair, telling the election officials: "Now ignore the fact that there's no gray hair on that picture." He added: "I'm just glad I renewed my driver's license."
He is the first president to cast his ballot by early voting. Earlier this month, first lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot.