My work on Obama is obviously “pulling a few chains” in the US.
I got this email the other day.
Subject: Obama rogues gallery
Please add me to the list of long time Obama supporters who have assisted him in his career.
former Chicago Alderman
former Clinton Administration official
onetime candidate for Governor of Illinois
Happy to do so, but only if you have ever been in any way involved with Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Students for a Democratic Society, Weathermen, Palestinian terror groups or any other radical left organization.
Details and timelines, photos, membership cards, documents etc would help your case.
This is a rapidly growing list (close to an hundred)and to be fair to all we must ensure that only genuine radicals are admitted.
Thanks for your application
Edwin then replied;
Thank you for your reply, and for describing the qualifications required for inclusion on the list. I appreciate how difficult it is to make the cut, and understand your need for proper documentation. Admittedly, I do not meet any of the published qualifications. I do, however, have other interesting connections.
I’ve been a Chicago Alderman and a candidate for Governor in Illinois. Surely, the reputation of these two entities for corruption is enough to tarnish even those who step into the fray as reformers. In addition, I once led a community meeting where the now-famous Mr. Ayers participated in a discussion of the small schools movement. During my time in the Clinton Administration I supervised Ms. Zenobia Johnson Black who appears on your list. And back in the mid 1980s I was a member and delegate of the Chicago Teachers Union. I sided with Walmart against those in who tried to ban the company from Chicago. I led the effort to tear down the worst high-rise public housing in America, and did so in in this city. And, while I am no supporter of any terrorist organizations, I have been to the West Bank and Gaza, as well as Saudi Arabia. Finally, I have several close friends who worked at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.
If all that is not enough, as a firm supporter of Sen. Obama’s presidential bid I am currently associated (though admittedly quite loosely) with everyone on your list.