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“I then looked down and saw the Barack Obama sweet potato staring right back at me. Winning bidder will get the Barack Obama sweet potato … and as a bonus … the Obama ‘Yes We Can’ bracelet that I was wearing when this strange event occurred.”

The seller says the potato “has mystical powers,” and stresses that it is being offered as “a collector’s item only. It is not intended for human consumption.”

The auction closed at 3 p.m. yesterday. The winning bidder paid $8.49 for the potato.

One theory

John McCain knows he needs George Bush for the money, and George Bush needs John McCain for his legacy.”

Or so Democratic National Committee Executive Director Tom McMahon guessed yesterday was the reason, apart from the customary fundraising, for the two top Republicans in the country to get together in Phoenix on Tuesday night, albeit “behind closed doors.”

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