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The crapshooter versus the poker player

Yes, I know it’s wrong to read too much into this, but still…

Who would you rather have as President? A guy who routinely risks thousands of dollars on the throw of a pair of dice? Or a cautious but winning poker player?

I like this story from Barack Obama’s days as a state senator in Springfield, Illinois:

Obama’s play-to-win approach drove other players crazy. Former state senator Larry Walsh, a conservative corn farmer from Joliet, once got ready to pull in a pot with a four-of-a-kind hand. But Obama had four of a kind too, of higher rank. Walsh slammed down his cards. “Doggone it, Barack, if you were more liberal in your card-playing and more conservative in your politics, you and I would get along much better,” he said.

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