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Barack Obama, Wall Street co-conspirator

After all the big news last week about Barack Obama's all-too-close relationship with Wall Street, my dad and I got into a back and forth email exchange about whether to feel optimistic about the president's second term and about how to explain the administration's refusal to prosecute a single banker connected to the financial meltdown.

Though my father is no Obama apologist by any stretch, his politics lean liberal, and so in response to watching last week's PBS Frontline report, he asked me questions that were similar to those I've heard before. He wants to believe Obama really hopes to "hold Wall Street accountable," as the president claimed, and so my dad wonders whether the president's refusal to do so can be explained by something other than corruption. He wants to believe -- or at least to explore the possibility -- that the depressing situation isn't simply about Obama raking in massive Wall Street contributions and then paying back his donors with immunity from prosecution -- immunity, mind you, that the rest of us are not afforded.

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