As to the matter of Obama and Blagojevich, and the statement Obama issued: “I have had no contact with the governor or his office, so I was unaware of what was happening” this, of course, is a lie.
His associations just seem to get darker, from incendiary and unpatriotic Rev. Wright, to terrorist Bill Ayers and Co., to criminal Tony Rezko, now to psychotic crime spree Governor Blagojevich. The NY Times said today, “Beyond the irony of its outcome, Mr. Obama’s unusual decision to inject himself into a statewide issue during the height of his presidential campaign was a reminder that despite his historic ascendancy to the White House, he has never quite escaped the murky and insular world of Illinois politics.” Murky indeed.
Slate asks “Why is Chicago so corrupt?” Yes, even the most innocent farmgirl or the hermit living in a cave knows that Chicago is filthy and always has been. 7 of the last 12 governors have been arrested while in office. Politics is a dirty business, and Chicago politics takes it to a new level. Is it even remotely possible that Obama rose so quickly and stayed clean on the way? No. As they say, if a glove falls into the mud, the mud doesn’t get glovey.
Even the AP finally looks into the “Questionable associations of Obama“
Back to the Obama statement
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Oopsy… Obama Met With Blagojevich in Chicago On Nov. 5 To Discuss Senate Seat
CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN—
“Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today… I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”
Barack Obama, After the Arrest of his close friend Governor Blagojevich, December 9, 2008
Of course, David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago on November 23, 2008 and said Obama’s “talked to the governor” about his replacement.
And, Connect Tristates also reported that Obama was meeting Governor Blagojevich on Wednesday November 5, 2008 to discuss his senate seat:
Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled. That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.
He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.
Hat Tip bill-tb
Governor Blagojevich Congratulates President-elect Obama and Discusses U.S. Senate Seat To fill President-Elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, Governor will use deliberate process to select suitable replacement
Later in the day on November 5, 20008, Blagojevich held a news conference to talk about Barack Obama’s replacement in the US Senate:
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich discusses his plans for filling President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Obviously, it does not look like Barack Obama is being honest about his contact with Blagojevich.
HotAir has more thoughts on the reported November 5th meeting.
UPDATE: STACLU found another article from November 8th that said they met
UPDATE: It looks like the November 5 story at KHAQ in advance of the Obama-Blago meeting is no longer available at KHAQ’s site. It’s a good thing that I posted screen grabs of the article.
Thanks, Gateway Pundit!