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His local backers tell me Obama was only making a strategic choice when he backed Daley -- it's a purely political move by a guy who, in this campaign, has proved to be a remarkably sure-footed politician. It’s not that he likes the way Daley runs Chicago. It’s just that by supporting the mayor, Obama got Daley’s endorsement for his presidential run. That helps with fund-raising.
Ben Joravsky, attempting to explain Obama's Chicago years to the good folks in the District of Columbia who only know his major-label work, sums it up better than I can: We hope he's pandering more to Daley than America, but it's hard to know, honestly.