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Rod Blagojevich Apologizes for "Blacker Than Barak" Comments In 'Esquire'

 PRNewsChannel) / January 11, 2010 / Chicago, Ill. / Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing for comments he made in this month's Esquire magazine. Blagojevich calls his remarks in the February issue of the popular men's magazine "stupid."

"The metaphor was stupid.  I was expressing real frustration and the frustration is directed toward Washington for bailing out the big banks and the Wall Street firms and it's not being used to help people.  

"What's so wrong with what I said, what's so stupid about it is, I don't think any white man could begin to presume to walk in the shoes of an African American. What I said clearly doesn't properly express where my heart is, and that's with the African American community. My comments are surely regrettable, and I just want to apologize.

"We've elected the first African American president, and that's a great step forward for this country.  We've made great progress in many places across America when it comes to race and that progress must continue."  

The former governor will compete on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, which premieres March 14th on NBC, to raise money for the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa.  

A version of the 'Esquire' article on Blagojevich is online.

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Patrick Flanary
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Phone: (813) 708-1220 x7781


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