Blago: I'm Blacker Than Barack

Ex-Illinois gov shined shoes, thank you very much
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Rod Blagojevich jokes with the crowd during a book signing for his book, 'The Governor' at the University of Chicago Bookstore, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich has a knack for dropping F-bombs and soundbites as outlandish as his hair, and his latest interview—a wide-ranging doozy with Esquire—is no exception. The disgraced-but-unabashed ex-gov tells the mag he's "blacker than Barack Obama," that he's innocent ("Where the fuck is Woodward and Bernstein?"), and that he was the only real politician in the land of Lincoln (his taped conversations will show "me motherfucking these phony politicians and how sickening they are, because the people are getting screwed.")

"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 says. "I saw it all growing up."

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