Obama Leads Chicago's Rise To Power

12/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago, my hometown, and far more significantly, that of Sen. Barack Obama, appears poised with his election as president--pooh, pooh, pooh!--to become the Center of the Known Universe. For a city with a permanent chip on its shoulder, a place that willingly refers to itself as the Second City and which deeply identifies with the perpetual failures of the Cubs, who, as I like to say, teach us to take the bitter with the bad--for that place, becoming in many senses the most important city in America will require some serious attitude adjustment.

But the transformation appears imminent. The president's home city and state traditionally prosper from added attention and influence, as well as the influx of visitors inspired by curiosity about our nation's leader. More important, Barack has already signaled that Chicago will also be America's political center.

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