From Style Weekly:
Four summers ago, quite by accident, I had the opportunity to ask presidential candidate Barack Obama a policy question. The setting was a pre-convention event at John Tyler Community College in Chester, featuring Obama and then-Gov. Tim Kaine, with then-Mayor Doug Wilder and numerous other local political luminaries in attendance.
I asked Obama what he would do as president to make the job of mayors such as Wilder easier. In short, what would his urban policy be?