Blagojevich apologizes for ‘I’m blacker than Barack Obama’ comment

BlagojevichObamaFormer Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich apologized Monday for comments that he made in a Feb. issue of Esquire magazine where he said:

“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 he lived. I saw it all growing up.”

Blagojevich later said:

“It was a very stupid thing to say.  Obviously, I’m not blacker than President Obama.  I was speaking metaphorically, and it was, again, a stupid way of saying it.”