Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
says he's "blacker than Barack Obama."
In an interview for Esquire magazine, Blagojevich says he grew
up in a small apartment, shined shoes as a boy and that his father ran a laundromat in a black neighborhood.
Blagojevich also says Obama was elected based simply on hope.
He talked to the magazine for its February issue, which hits
newsstands Jan. 19.
The White House refused to comment.
Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office last year
after being arrested on corruption charges that included trying to sell Obama's old U.S. Senate seat. He's pleaded not guilty.