Many people have questioned whether there is an issue over whether or not Obama and/or his team *talked* with Blagojevich about the Senate Seat. People on all sides have stated that Obama talking to Blago is not illegal, and should be expected. “It is OBVIOUS that he would talk to Blago about who should fill his senate seat.” “What’s all the fuss, of course they would talk,” people have said.
My opinion? It’s like, *d’uh*. (I am such a wordsmith)
So, this begs the question, why is Obama denying the obvious?
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From all that I have read and seen today, the current issues immediately surrounding Obama, Rahm and Blagojevich are:
~Obama initially denied ANY contact – which is proving to be not true.
~Obama denied any dealings between his peeps and Blagojevich – which are now proving to not be true.
~A two hour conference call is a big topic of discussion, a call that Blago discussed the pay for play, and reportedly, someone from Obama’s camp, (Rahm?) was in on that call. And, as of yet, we do not know of anyone from Obama’s camp reporting the bribery attempts to any law enforcement agency.~Obama’s initial response to the arrest of Blago was *sadness and sobriety*. But today, everyone is SHOCKED that Obama acted surprised, like he didn’t know Blago was corrupt, or even that he had been under investigation. Obama knew Blago was being subpoenaed back in 2006, and still endorsed him. (Like when Obama knew Rezko was under investigation, but still had personal dealings with him.)
Now there is an article out that Obama has intentionally been distancing himself from Rod…. So did he know, or not, that Blago was corrupt? Is the media totally trying to spin this for Obama?
~Also, it is NOT looking good at all for JJJ. Reports are surfacing that someone tried to hold a $1M fundraiser for the Governor a week ago on JJJ”s behalf. And if JJJ does get implicated we will get to hear how yet another of Obama’s friends/associations will have saddened him, and aren’t who he thought they were.
As many of you said, it is COMPLETELY expected that Obama WOULD talk to Rod. It is Obama who denied ANY contact at all! Which made many of us say, “huh?”
The Obama camp is scrubbing his new transitions web site of all questions about Rod, the media is scrubbing stories linking Obama and Blago. Obama is contradicting himself, and now he says he “asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the governor’s office about this vacancy so we can share them with you over the next few days” He needs a couple of days to tell us whether they talked to Blago or not? I’m sorry, but his behavior just makes him look like he is hiding something.
In my opinion, Obama FULLY mishandled this situation. His initial statements, lack of action on the second day, and his denials totally opened him up to criticism. (and he is getting it, big time. Even from Eugene Robinson…)
I have said this many times about Obama, it is his failure to be truthful that bothers me.
I would expect a candidate of *change* to say he was *disgusted and outraged* over the actions of Blagojevich.
I would expect a candidate of change, upon learning of a bribery/pay to play attempts, to have reported what he knew to US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
I would expect a candidate of change to hold a press conference and condemn the corruption that has plagued his state for decades, and make a promise to clean it up once he is in the White House.
I would expect a candidate of change to state that he would be turning over the names of all those who he had knowledge of as being corrupt in Chicago.
I would expect a candidate of change to have full disclosure, and tell the public what he knew and when he knew it.
I would expect a candidate of change, who has promised transparency, to be transparent.
But Obama can’t do those things, because he paid to play in Chicago. And it paid off big.
Saddened and sobered…indeed.
Don’t miss Truthtellers’s great piece: EXHAUSTIVE ANALYSIS: More Questions about Obama and Blagojevich in the Wake of Obama’s Latest Gambit at Transparency