Everyone I talk to seems to have their story of when they first met Barack Obama -- usually it was a long time ago before he was known. It's the political equivalent of saying you saw and liked Springsteen (or whomever) before they were rockstars.
Or having been at Woodstock.
Anyway, here's Chicago Magazine's multi-part take on the various "friends of Obama" networks that have developed. It's not the first of these stories, but it's perhaps the most indepth.Obama s Chicago Posse
"Inside the circle of Chicagoans who
spotted Barack Obama's talent, helped guide his path—and made it hard
for him to close the deal (even before the Reverend Wright eruptions) "
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