I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps…And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Polo was the hip-hop brand of choice in the late 80’s-early 90’s. In an extensive oral history of Polo and hip-hop published in XXL, rapper Sean Price remembers this line as an early indication that Polo, up until then the province of gangs such as the Lo-Lifes, was gaining wider acceptance:
Sean Price: I seen Brand Nubians rock a lot of Polo. And then you had groups like Zhigge. They used to rock a little Polo and all that. And Slick Rick wore the cologne, you know “La Di Da Di.”
These words are the same as in the original. Crips, G’s (Gangster Disciples), and Vice Lords are all gangs that are particularly strong in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Note Chicago native Kanye West’s shoutout to the GD’s and Vice Lords on his latest album
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