I’ll keep praying and publicizing.
Largely overlooked in the hubbub over the Democrats' election sweep last month was Obama's backpedaling over a questionable land deal he struck in 2005 with a tainted political fund-raiser, Tony Rezko, who has since been indicted by feds in an alleged pay-to-play scheme.
The seeds for the deal were planted in 2004, when Obama got a big-money book contract after winning his Senate seat. With the book cash, he bought a swanky Illinois mansion in June 2005 for $1.65 million. On the same day that Obama closed on the home, Rezko paid $625,000 for the adjacent vacant lot.
Six months later, Obama expanded the size of his yard by buying a strip of Rezko's land for only $105,000.
Obama insists the transaction was aboveboard, but he has been contrite about the appearance of impropriety.
"It was a mistake to have been engaged with him [Rezko] at all in this or any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone else, to believe that he had done me a favor," Obama said in a statement distributed to Chicago reporters.
"For that reason, I consider this a mistake on my part, and I regret it."
In the Senate, Obama's liberal voting record belies the centrist themes he strikes on the stump.
Obama backed a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, supported international funding for groups that provide abortion, and opposed reauthorization of the Patriot Act.