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The Greek shadow of Barack Obama

08 September 2008 / 00:09:01  GRReporter
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Some predict he will become a finance minister. Others think he will be the next Illinois governor. Third believe he will inherit Barack Obama’s place in the US Senate. But Alexis Yanoulias has an exceptionally successful career until now. He was born in 1976 in Chicago, his parents come from Kalavrita in Northern Peloponnese. He has lived in Greece for two years, where he used to play basketball for Panyonios. Right now he is financial minister of Illinois and financial advisor for the campaign of the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party Barack Obama.

“The Democrats will have a serious victory on the presidential elections with the significant support of the Greek lobby in the USA,” says Alexis Yanoulis in an interview for the Sunday edition of “Elefterios Tipos” newspaper. “We are many and very organized all around the US. I can mention Eleni Tzakopoulou, Paul Sarbanis, Eddie Zemenidi but it’s not only them. During 2006 a new generation of Greeks came along like John Sarbanis, Jack Space, Gas Bilirakis. They are very active and will be part of the political problems for a long time,” explains the young politician.

Alexis Yanoulias stresses the interest, which Barack Obama has for Greece and his favorable thoughts about solving Greece’s national problems. According to him there isn’t a better US president and vice-president choice than Barack Obama and Joe Baiden. He himself does not expect to be invited in Obama’s government if the Democrats win the elections and admits that his current job is very pleasurable. “Millions of voters have voted for me in Illinois and as a finance minister of the State I am responsible for a budget of $20 billion,” says Yanoulias.

The young politician admits that he is very proud of his Greek heritage and promises that he will always help his country and his ancestors.


Photo – “Elefterios Tipos”

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