New Paddling Rules in the Urban Archipelago
posted by November 9 at 14:54 PMon
So, one new theme developing after Obama’s victory that everyone focusing on messing with the Mormons might have missed is Obama’s real citizenship: a proud adopted son of the Urban Archipelago.
Not only is Barack Obama the first African-American to win the presidency, the Chicagoan also is the first winning candidate in more than a century to openly adopt a Big City ethos.
One has to go back to Teddy Roosevelt, who was born in Manhattan and once served as New York City police commissioner, to find a president who unabashedly identified himself with the city.
Apart from the irony of Obama resembling McCain’s putative President-hero, there will be a lot of practical results from Obama’s Chicago connections. Beyond upping the odds that Chicago will land the 2016 Olympics, I can also assure you that Hyde Park-Kenwood (Obama’s home neighborhood) has just become the safest urban neighborhood in America, despite its high crime stats
The real change, though, for Chicagoans: watch how you fucking drive. You try to cut off some cop cars and black SUVs and you might find yourself staring down the barrels of some serious government firepower.