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My Friend, Barrack?

It’s been a strange week for me and presidential campaigns. First, I get a phone call from the Hillary Clinton campaign about a volunteer meeting. Me? Volunteer for Hillary? When did I sign up for that? And why? I couldn’t have been drunk, because I haven’t had a drink in 15 years or more. And I tend to waive off those people with the clipboards.

I’m still trying to figure that one out when I get an email that Barrack Obama wants to be my friend n some social network. And I’m not talking about Facebook. That I can understand. But Barrack Obama with a profile on a gay social nework? What are his evangelist friends gonna say about this? See, a while back I registered with GLEE, a gay social network. Well, not just gay. GLEE stands for “Gay, Lesbian & Everyone Else.” And I guess that’s where Barrack comes in.

obama2.pngI was fortunate to be able to grow up seeing America from varied viewpoints. My childhood was spent in Hawaii and Indonesia. After college I worked as a community organizer on the South side of Chicago focusing on improving living conditions in poor neighborhoods.

I came to understand that to truly solve the problems facing our communities, it would take a change in our laws and our politics. I ran and served for seven years in the Illinois state Senate, where I fought for expanding children’s health care, providing tax cuts for the working poor and enacting welfare reform. In 2004, I was elected to the U.S. Senate, where I have worked to pass laws securing dangerous weapons and making government more accountable. I have also opposed the Iraq war from the start, and believe that we need to bring our troops home by March of 2008 so we can refocus on the wider struggle against terrorism.

So, which is more surprising? That Obama has a profile on a gay social network? Or what that profile doesn’t say?

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