Barack Obama's open letter to LGBT voters yesterday sure went a long way to undo the early Donnie McClurkin damage. But what do we make of this? Obama strikes me as the type to be pretty straight forward. Would he really be so scared that the right wing nutjobs out there would later seize upon a photo of him with "that mayor" and use it against him? I guess the answer is yes, although I guess that's what politics is all about: Avoiding controversy when you can and then pandering to people when you need them. Obama is certainly not alone here (Hillary and John are just as bad). Unfortunately, it's the idea that Obama is not "one of them" that makes him so appealing to people, yet as this and the Rezko case show, for better or worse he's just another politician.