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Blagojevich to Esquire: "I'm blacker than Barack Obama"

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Rod Blagojevich called statements he made to Esquire magazine 'a stupid thing to say' this morning on WLS-AM radio.
Blagojevich said he was blacker than President Obama because he grew up poor and at one point shined shoes.
"I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived," Blagojevich said. "I saw it all growing up."
This morning when word of his comments broke, he called a news conference in front of his North Side home to apologize.

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