That Patti Solis-Doyle is Obama’s new TBD-veep-candidate aide might be a sign that his choice is Hillary, or it could just mean clout is thicker than water (or track records). But my favorite little detail in this list of new Obama hires is Michael Strautmanis, a senior aide and a Latvian-African-American. His father, Juris, was a member of ÄŒikÄgas piecÄ«ši, or the Chicago Five, a beloved, long-running Latvian-American pop group. You can listen to them here, though I’m not sure if the elder Strautmanis is in this particular incarnation of the group.