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Rod Blagojevich Claims He's "Blacker" Than Barack Obama

Jan. 11 2010, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Oh no, he didn’t.

In a shocking new interview, former Illinois governor turned reality TV show wannabe Rod Blagojevich claims he's “blacker” than President Barack Obama.

In an article for the February issue of Esquire magazine, Blagojevich says: "I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived," Blagojevich said. "I saw it all growing up."

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Blagojevich, referring to the president as "this guy," says Obama was elected based simply on hope. "What the (expletive)? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter.”

The White House is not commenting on his remarks.

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The twice-elected Democrat was impeached and removed from office in 2009 after federal prosecutors arrested him on corruption charges that included trying to sell Obama's old U.S. Senate seat. He has pleaded not guilty and is expected to stand trial later this year.

The February issue of Esquire hits newsstands on January 19.

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Blagojevich -- who tried unsuccessfully to appear on NBC’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here last summer (his wife Patti appeared instead) -- will appear on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice this spring.

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