Blago: "I'm Blacker Than Barack Obama"
The Ex-Governor Says Shining Shoes Helped Him Connect to Blacks
Updated 2:03 PM CDT, Fri, Jan 13, 2012
Ousted Governor Rod Blagojevich set off a firestorm with his latest outrageous comments. He told "Esquire" in the magazine's February issue he's blacker than President Obama. He elaborated with examples of having to shine shoes and living in a five room apartment while growing up.
The White House hasn't commented, but you have. Check out the sound offs below.
"After he is conviction results in imprisonment he will know what part of the prison population he belongs with. Although he might find out he was wrong when he does finally end up there."
"The only thing black about Blagojevich is the cloud he left hanging over this struggling state after his term as governor."
- C.S. Hinsdale, IL
"This is just one sample of our former governor's stupidity. Why are you publishing ever stupid thing he says? Makes him more famous to make money."
- Debbi, Chicago
"I'm offended by the former governors comment. He feels he is 'more black' than President Obama because growing up, he had to shine shoes? So is he saying that to be "black" one has to be poor?"
"I think he was meaning that he is more in touch w/ the needs of the minorities than Pres. Obama as Blago was not born into wealth and b/c of his humble beginnings, he is more aware as would be Pres. Obama who had a more privileged life."
Rhonda Bertram, Crown Point, IN
First Published: Jan 11, 2010 6:50 AM CDT