Obama wasn't president years ago, when he called me about what to include in his ethics bill. Yes it was obvious, clumsy flattery -— the guy wasn't always so smooth.
I didn't take notes but when I asked him if his call was a joke, Obama said something like this:
"No joke. I'm serious. I want your input on what I should include in my ethics bill."
I told him that state law should mandate that all subcontractors and every guy behind the guys on each and every state contract must list the following:
Cost of materials, the price of every sack of concrete, every truckload of asphalt, and all trucking and labor fees, and all political contributions made.
And it all should be easy to read for federal prosecutors and taxpayers.
"Thank you," he said.
He never called back. But then, if he actually followed my advice, he'd never have been elected to the U.S. Senate. And who wants to get in the way of history?