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October 19, 2009

Obama and high stakes poker

OK anyone who has seen the kind of stones and judgment shown by real poker players in Barack Obama stand up. I'm not seeing any takers. I think most of you, like me, have seen a naif outmatched by everyone he has tried to play strategery against.

Well here is a look at him using poker as a political tool, and we all know he is all about being a political tool.

Talking points from outside the reading list include the role the game played in Barack Obama's early elective career. As a writer, professor, and community organizer,

Read girly man or cakeboy.

Obama was greeted coolly by some of his fellow legislators when he arrived in Springfield in 1998 to take a seat in the Illinois Senate. How was this ink-stained, poshly educated greenhorn supposed to get along with Chicago ward heelers and conservative downstate farmers? By playing poker with them, of course.

Well c'mon why would a bunch of knuckle-dragging union thugs object to an Ivy league pretty boy.

"When it turned out that I could sit down at [a bar] and have a beer and watch a game or go out for a round of golf or get a poker game going," Obama recalled, "I probably confounded some of their expectations." He was referring to the regular Wednesday night game, called the Committee Meeting, that he and another freshman Democrat started. While the stakes were kept low, the bottom line politically was that poker helped Obama break the ice with people he needed to work with in the legislature.

Stakes kept low, because cakeboy is much better at giving other people's money away than his own. Anyone wanna bet that he appeased lost money to these Putinesque criminals Illinois politicians like he was giving away missile defense?


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