Obama's Doppelgänger

The New York Times is the latest news outlet to see similarities between Barack Obama and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Hillary Clinton supporter: When ...
by | April 14, 2008

The New York Times is the latest news outlet to see similarities between Barack Obama and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Hillary Clinton supporter:

When asked why he, a black, Ivy-League-educated Democratic politician with a reformer's résumé and a voter base of poor blacks and upper-middle-income whites, had not endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate who is practically his political doppelgänger, Mr. Nutter at first appeared quizzical, as if the question had never before come up.

"He's a really nice guy who's talking about really important issues," Mr. Nutter said last week while sitting over a late dinner of grilled cheese and chocolate milk at his favorite diner, Little Pete's, "and I am aware that he is African-American." Mr. Nutter's wit is dry almost to the point of brittle.

"But there is this fascination, mostly in the press, with certain elements of race issues that, for whatever reason, only get raised with high-profile African-Americans," Mr. Nutter said. "Have you asked any non-African-American politicians why they are supporting Senator Obama, and if they are getting flak from their constituents for supporting Senator Obama?"

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