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Blast From Obama's Past

High school chum, now homeless, hopes for handout
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 23, 2007 3:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama was surprised last week when a buddy from back in the days when he was called Barry got in touch. Keith Kakugawa, recently released from prison for his third drug conviction and living in a car, called the senator's cell phone to ask for help.

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After a conversation Kakugawa described as "short, sweet and to the point," Obama directed Kakugawa to a campaign worker, who in turn  recommended social-service agency help. Disappointed in not scoring cash, Kakugawa complained to Jackie Calms that "everybody's just abandoned me." But later, he pleaded in an email: "Please dont put Sen. Obama in a bad light 4 knowing me." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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