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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:52 PM

6. Actually, Obama lived one block south from me in NYC in the 80s

Dreams From My Father starts out in his tenement apartment on 94th between 1st and 2nd. He said his friends would always have to call him from a nearby gas station whenever they visited because the building had no intercom (few tenements did back then). My friends would have to call from the same gas station, which was basically right next door to me on 1st Ave. It was a very scrappy neighborhood back then, mostly Puerto Rican (Obama alludes to one of his aged Puerto Rican neighbors in the book) with no shortage of street-level drug dealing and numbers joints. Now he comes to NY to give speeches at the UN and tell jokes to the financial terrorists at the Al Smith dinner. The guy has had an amazing life, but he remains grounded. So happy that we have him for two terms.

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