Daily Archives: December 9, 2008

Governor Blagojevich and Barack Obama Connection in Question

 David Axelrod said on November 23rd that President-elect Obama had talked to Blagojevich about the open Sanate seat.  Axelrod has now said that he “mis-spoke.”  There’s a video @  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o19ovKcLHp0

Obama said today that he had not talked to the Governor about the Senate seat vacated by his election as president.  The Affidavit makes many references to the “president-elect” after the election.

Here are some other comments and connections between Governor Blago and Obama:

Obama Advised Blagojevich On His Victorious Gubernatorial Run. “That year, [Obama] gained his first high-level experience in a statewide campaign when he advised the victorious gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich, another politician with a funny name and a message of reform.” (Ryan Lizza, “Making It,” The New Yorker, 7/21/08)

* Obama: “If the governor asks me to work on his behalf, I’ll be happy to do it.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)

Obama Endorsed Blagojevich For A Second Term. “Obama, who endorsed Blagojevich for a second term nearly 18 months ago, said he’s ready to help Illinois democrats in the upcoming elections.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)

* Obama: “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.” (Deanna Bellandi, “Illinois Democrats Talk Unity But Don’t Show It,” The Associated Press, 8/16/06)

The Affidavit puts forth some possibilites and discussions about the candidates for the Senate seat, not by name but by number.  According to Gawker.com, Candidate 5 is either Emil Jones or Jesse Jackson, Jr.   Candidate 1,  Obama’s pick, is apparently Valerie Jarrett, now a member of the Obama Transition Team.  Affadivit @ http://media.npr.org/documents/2008/dec/illinois_complaint.pdf

Emil Jones/Jesse Jackson Jr. “Candidate 5” in the criminal complaint is either Illinois Senate President Emil Jones or Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Obama didn’t want this person appointed (which is why we think it’s Emil), but Blago kept threatening to appoint him anyway, as a bargaining tool. Now. Candiate 5 was supposed to give Blago something “tangible up front.” If they were willing to do this, in exchange for the seat, it looks bad for them. Emil is reported to have aided young Obama’s state legislative career, back in the day, with plum assignments. And Jesse Jackson Jr is a family friend. Either way, there’s a connection that might look bad.

But I am sure without a doubt that Barack Obama does not even know Governor Blagojevich — and if he does know him, he’s not the man he knew.  🙂

http://gawker.com/5105828/why-this-is-very-bad-news-for-barack-obama

Posted:  12.09.08

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Oprah Weighs In At 200 Pounds

Obama is still smoking or in the alternative, chewing Nicorette, and Oprah weighs 200 pounds.  What is the world coming to?  Now here’s a high profile, famous, have-everything-in-the world, couple and they are in some ways still just as ordinary as anyone else with some of the same shortcomings and failings.  They are not really a couple as in couple but they are mentioned in the same sentence quite often, the latest being that Oprah “visualized” him as president every morning in the shower, if you can picture that.

Oprah says she is mad at herself and actually embarrassed to still be talking about weight.

See her ups and downs or high and lows over the years:  http://www.usmagazine.com/oprah-weight-loss-061608

Posted:  12.09.08

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Obama Senate Seat “For Sale” by Illinois Governor

CHICAGO — Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested today at his home on corruption charges, including allegations that he solicited bribes to fill the vacated Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama.

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“The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a statement.  He said it would “make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

Blagojevich was elected governor in 2002. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the district that was held by Rahm Emanuel before he was named Obama’s chief of staff.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-12-09-blagojevich-arrest_N.htm?csp=34

Candidates for the Senate seat have been said to be Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Retiring Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  Governor “Blago” had formed a “panel to vet potential replacements.”  Ha.  Sounds more like a shake-down than a vet.

One of the candidates, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, was a mentor to Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate and reportedly said he was going to “make me a U.S. Senator,” referring to Obama.  Jones said on Friday that he is interested in the Senate seat, but is not out promoting himself.    http://pantagraph.com/articles/2008/12/06/news/doc493a2c305297f985812493.txt

Former Illinois governor, George Ryan, is at this time in jail serving a six and a half year sentence for fraud, racketeering, and other corruption charges.  He has served a little over a year of the sentence and is currently seeking a pardon from President Bush.

Big Boy Bob Beckel says of Blagojevich, “He’s nuts.”  So what are they doing, setting him up for an insanity defense?  Probably.

And to think the Governor just said yesterday there was nothing but sunshine hanging over him.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eONhto0x_nI

http://www.chicagotribune.com/

See Criminal Complaint and Affidavit @  http://media.npr.org/documents/2008/dec/illinois_complaint.pdf

The word “president-elect” is used many times in this Affidavit, especially towards the end which encompasses a time period after the election.

Posted:  12.09.08

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