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Obama's gang is more rooted in the black establishment than we thought. They will transform the culture in Washington

By Martin Walker   December 2008

To understand how the culture of Washington is about to change, consider the conference call Obama held on the day before the election. He spoke with some of those African-Americans closest to him. House majority whip Jim Clyburn, a veteran politician from South Carolina, might have been predicted, as would political adviser Donna Brazile, who had run Al Gore’s campaign eight years ago. But there too were the 88-year old Reverend Joseph Lowery, dean of the old civil rights movement, and Obama’s first celebrity supporter, Oprah Winfrey. And the final man on the call was Sean “Diddy” Combs, a rapper-turned-clothing…

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