In the eighth chapter of his memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” former president Barack Obama describes a barbershop haircut he got in Chicago in the 1980s, just days after he moved to the city for his new job as a community organizer.
Obama’s barber, named Smitty, speaks in the passage of the racial and political tension in Chicago before the city elected Harold Washington as its first black mayor in 1983, and the neglect African Americans felt from the Democratic Party at the time.
In the paperback version of the book, Obama directly quotes Smitty’s words. In the audio version, Obama reads them aloud.
Now, a pro-Trump super PAC is using that passage from the first black president’s book to lure black voters away from Democrats with a misleading attack ad targeting Georgia’s 6th Congressional District’s special election.
Great America Alliance, which brands itself as the “largest and most effective pro-Trump Super PAC,” is among the many outside political groups pouring money into Tuesday’s election, the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history as The Post’s Robert Costa reported and one that could have far-reaching consequences for Republicans nationwide.
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are in a dead heat for the seat, traditionally a stronghold for conservatives, which was vacated by Tom Price when Trump appointed him Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ossoff has been highly critical of Trump. Handel, whom the president endorsed on Twitter Monday, has not. The results could serve as a road map for how republican members of Congress should navigate their relationship with Trump during their own reelection campaigns.
The district in the Northern suburbs of Atlanta has been in Republican hands since 1979. The population is…