A reader sent this in. Pretty solid story. Short and shows how Chicago influenced Obama.

Excerpt from the WSJ story:

When Mr. Obama arrived in 1985 at the age of 23, the city’s political and racial landscape was changing. The city of Mayor Daley and his predominantly white Democratic machine was becoming the city of Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey. Harold Washington became the first black mayor in 1983 by reaching out to white voters. When Mayor Daley’s son, Richard M. Daley, was elected mayor in 1989, he appointed numerous blacks to high positions, including Mr. Obama’s girlfriend and future wife, Michelle.

“Chicago was his Harvard of politics,” says Don Rose, a longtime political strategist here. “Had he gone to Cleveland or New York or Atlanta, it might have been a different path.”

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