Blagojevich: Im blacker than Barack Obama "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 we lived," Blagojevich said. "I saw it all growing up." Blagojevich: Iâm âblacker than Barack Obamaâ - More politics- msnbc.com He speaks of deals as well. What is with the comments of late, Reid's, ( Obama's skin color and speech) Clinton's ( Obama would have been serving us a few years ago and now this.