January 27, 2017

"Everyone seems to be mourning your exit from office... I'm glad you're gone. I'm not delusional — you're not a saint."

"You were a mediocre president with unoriginal ideas.... I thought you would finally right this wrong..."

This wrong = the conviction of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

"You didn't have to pardon him, only commute the sentence. You just had to let him come home. You didn't. You released others, like Chelsea Manning or FALN terrorists, who actually committed reprehensible crimes, but you failed to release an innocent man.... I am shocked at how bitter and full of hate I have become.... I truly thought you were a good person. I guess I was just as brainwashed as everyone else. At least now I can see the blood on your hands."

Wrote Rod Blagojevich's 20-year-old daughter, Amy Blagojevich.

Adding tags to this post, I see I have an old tag Blagosmear on Obama. That goes back to a time when I pictured Blagojevich dragging Obama down. That didn't happen, and I think Obama figured out how to keep Blagojevichishness off of him.

Here's my original "Blagosmear on Obama" post, from December 14, 2008, before Obama even took office. The GOP had put out this video, obviously intended to wreck Obama before he got started:



I'm not surprised Obama never did anything to help Rod Blagojevich. I feel sorry for the man's daughter, but look how her father undercut Obama on the eve of his honeymoon.

IN THE COMMENTS: mccullough said:
Blagojevich's sentence was ridiculously long. Trump should commute to 6.5 years, which is what George Ryan's sentence was. The judge is an asshole who was pissed that Blagojevich got a hung jury on the first trial.
A few comments later, mccullough came back and said:
Trump fired Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice. It would be awkward for him to get involved now. So he'll probably get involved.
Ha ha. That made me go look up the old "Apprentice" scene:



Trump does fire him, but he also expresses respect for his tenacity and shakes his hand and wishes him well.

More "Apprentice" with Blagojevich (and Joan Rivers too):



"I'll do anything [PAUSE] legal and ethical and [PAUSE] honest."

52 comments:

mccullough said...

Blagojevich's sentence was ridiculously long. Trump should commute to 6.5 years, which is what George Ryan's sentence was. The judge is an asshole who was pissed that Blagojevich got a hung jury on the first trial.

LYNNDH said...

Trump could commute Blag's sentence, and poke Obama in the eye at the same time.

rehajm said...

She has a point- it does seem inconsistent of the administration to leave him hanging while all the other crooks get to walk.

Achilles said...

Blago was caught. That is the only difference between him and obama.

mccullough said...

Trump fired Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice. It would be awkward for him to get involved now. So he'll probably get involved.

David Begley said...

Did Blago commit treason or run a domestic terror operation?

Hagar said...

He embarrassed the organization.

rehajm said...

Everyone seems to be mourning your exit from office

Bubble!

traditionalguy said...

The Count of Blago Cristo is still a political prisoner. Mean while Bill and Hillary are totally safe. It may be a rigged system.

William said...

Harding pardoned Debs. Trump should at some time commute the sentence to time served. I guess Blago was guilty, but it wasn't the kind of crime that provokes enduring anger. Such a commutation would inspire invidious comparisons with those of Obama and would thus be a win for Trump.

gspencer said...

"I truly thought you were a good person. I guess I was just as brainwashed as everyone else."

Not everyone else, sister. Sorry for your disillusionment. Well before November, 2008, many of us knew the time of day concerning Obama. We weren't driven by racism like so many blacks* were; we were repelled by this guy because of his anti-white, leftist thinking.

And we were proved right, over and overm through his 8 years.

*If I had decided not to vote for Obama because he was black, that would be clear racism. So when >90% of blacks voted for Obama, expressly stating that they were doing so because he was black, why wasn't that called what it was - raw, naked racism.

Darcy said...

We wave toward him from the road often. He's in a country club-style facility here in CO. Not very kind of us.

I do kind of hope Trump commutes his sentence. And also gets that filmmaker out of jail (if he's still in), hey?

Unknown said...

Pardon me for asking, but why would Obama or Trump be involved? Isn't this a state crime, and as such they can do nothing?

Or was Blago sentenced for a federal crime?

--Vance

Chuck said...

There's an apple that fell not far from the tree.

MayBee said...

This was during Obama's honey moon, when everyone loved him.

But Jarrett was actively working with SEIU to see if she could get that Senate seat. The fact that the incoming Obama administration investigated itself and found itself faultless would be a 5-alarm breaking news story in the Trump admin.

Chuck said...

mccullough said...
Trump fired Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice. It would be awkward for him to get involved now. So he'll probably get involved.


This week's winner in "Things I Wish I Wrote."

Michael K said...

"Trump could commute Blag's sentence, and poke Obama in the eye at the same time."

I agree but, also don't know if it was a federal crime.

I'm not even sure the presidential thing is restricted to federal crimes.

boycat said...

He's doing federal time.

Big Mike said...

Calling Obama "mediocre" is to praise him.

Bad Lieutenant said...

I watched every episode of 24 and, on Jack Bauer's advice, Presidents Palmer and Logan pardoned far and wide to save the nation. No mention of limitations to federal crimes was ever made. So if Joel Surnow is good with letting murderers go free for raisons d'Etat, who are we to say no? I bet President Trump has the 24 steelbook collection, so he's way ahead of me on this.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Now, the only question Obama ever asks is:

What's in it for me?

So, what's in it for President Trump?

Gusty Winds said...

Blago got railroaded as a sacrificial lamb to make it look like somebody was able to do something about Chicago corruption. I was not a fan, but it seems to me he got 15 years in federal prison for political horsetrading.

Nobody would give away and appointment to the US Senate for 'free'.

J. Farmer said...

Seems like Blagojevich has raised his daughter to be as narcissistic and self-obsessed as he is.

damikesc said...

I'd say a few terrible pardons/commutations (that FALN one is really horrid) does not justify MORE terrible pardons/commutations. It's like sports Hall of Fame debates. Because one person you don't think is qualified is in the Hall doesn't mean more unqualified people HAVE to also be added. Limit damage when possible.

J. Farmer said...

(that FALN one is really horrid)

I'd be fine with Rivera's commutation if it was coupled with independence for Puerto Rico. Time to give that draining island dependency the old heave ho.

Matthew Sablan said...

"Blago got railroaded as a sacrificial lamb to make it look like somebody was able to do something about Chicago corruption."

-- This was another one of those times the Obama team investigated themselves and determined they had done nothing wrong. I think he probably just didn't get involved so no one speculated about how much he knew about the political horsetrading/corruption.

Comanche Voter said...

To the daughter: I for one an not mourning the departure of the Chicago lightweight from the Oval Office. As for Blago--just another Chicago crook. They've got lots of them. And of course many recent Illinois governors have left the state house to go to the big house. It's like a stretch in the Illinois state penitentiary is the normal mode of departure for an Illinois governor--sort of like a high school graduation trip. My heart does not bleed for Illinois politicos.

Matthew Sablan said...

Also, I think Blagovich trying to subpoena Obama pretty much killed any good will remaining between the two. Remember, he rewards his friends and punishes his enemies. And, once you call him a liar and try to prove it in front of court (whether he was lying or not), you're not his friend any more.

Curious George said...

At least her brows are right.

wendybar said...

I hope Blago sings like a bird....Let's bring the sainted Obama down!! I bet he knows a few secrets!!!

Francisco D said...

Blago is an idiot who was lucky in marriage and politics. It was only a matter of time before he got caught and became another in a long line of Illinois governors sent to the pokey.

He took Dan Rostenkowski's seat two years after Rosty was upended by an unknown Republican lawyer named Mike Fitzgerald, thanks to the congressional check kiting scandal. (I met Fitz at a business association gathering. He was stone drunk and clearly not campaigning for votes). The seat was there for Blago's taking thanks to his father-in-law Dick Mell. It gave him the visibility to run for governor.

We had a tradition of electing generally liberal Republicans to the governorship: Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan. Ryan was a corrupt POS, and likely the reason that Blago was elected.

I seriously wonder if Blago is too stupid to know that he was so obviously breaking the law. Have mercy on the weak and disabled. Pardon the idiot.

Matthew Sablan said...

"I hope Blago sings like a bird....Let's bring the sainted Obama down!!"

-- I actually think Obama had nothing to do with this, because Blago would've sung like a bird long ago if there was anything to sing about.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Hey, that's Erin Burnett in the seat next to Donald Trump!

Bad Lieutenant said...

J. Farmer said...
Seems like Blagojevich has raised his daughter to be as narcissistic and self-obsessed as he is.
1/27/17, 10:52 AM


Seems like Blago raised a daughter who loves him and wants him to come home. I must say, how do you not get that? Did you have a bad home life?

Mac McConnell said...

Blagojevich is kicking himself now knowing that he should have blown shit up or trafficked in cocaine, he'd be a free man now. Maybe even moved in next door to Obama and become a professor.

J. Farmer said...

@Bad Lieutenant:

Seems like Blago raised a daughter who loves him and wants him to come home. I must say, how do you not get that? Did you have a bad home life?

No I was raised by people who have so far managed to go their entire lives without having to see the inside of a police car, let alone a jail cell. If Ms. Blagojevich should be mad at anyone, it should be her father. As the cliche goes, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

Mac McConnell said...

"I actually think Obama had nothing to do with this, because Blago would've sung like a bird long ago if there was anything to sing about."

We're talking Chicago, he'd be dead by now.

Yancey Ward said...

I thought the President's power of pardon applies to both federal and state law.

Yancey Ward said...

And I was wrong, it appears.

J. Farmer said...

@Yancey Ward:

And I was wrong, it appears.

Yes, but it's a moot point. Blagojevich was charged with federal crimes, tried in federal court, and imprisoned in a federal prison.

Bad Lieutenant said...

No I was raised by people who have so far managed to go their entire lives without having to see the inside of a police car, let alone a jail cell.



And if they had, you'd just write them off? "Fuck you, Dad, that'll teach you to rip the tags off the mattress!"

Bad Lieutenant said...

Seriously: Sorry, did someone demonstrate that POTUS cannot pardon non federal crimes e.g. murder? Was there a link or cite or quote? I missed it. Thanks in advance for reposting.

Josephbleau said...

Blaggo needs to be pardoned simply for uttering the best line recorded on any evedence tape, "I got this thing, and it's F'ing GOLDEN!"

Wilbur said...

I was unfortunately reminded of those abhorrent Gotti women, whining and screeching about their loving father and husband being railroaded after his convictions.

You rarely come off looking good in such circumstances.

Drago said...

I wouldn't be caught dead with a ridiculous nickname like "Blago".

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Gotta say, the point about releasing a murderous, unrepentant terrorist but not some other dudes convicted of non-violent crimes...pretty solid.

Jeff Hall said...
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Jeff Hall said...

> but look how her father undercut Obama on the eve of his honeymoon.

Manning and Snowden released so many of our military and diplomatic secrets that they largely eliminated President Obama's ability to conduct significant military operations other than dropping lots of bombs on places and hoping for the best. I'd have thought that any CIC would see this as undercutting his administration more than a few nasty words could have. Assuming that the CIC had any degree of moral agency, of course.

openidname said...

Try saying "Blagojevichishness" five times, fast.

walter said...

"I got this thing, and it's F'ing GOLDEN!"
Imagine the products he could pitch with that trademark line.

Reaganite Independent said...

He'll make Blago look ethical by comparison

jaed said...

Seriously: Sorry, did someone demonstrate that POTUS cannot pardon non federal crimes e.g. murder?

The president's pardon authority comes from the Constitution (Article II, Section 1): "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

"Offenses against the United States", that is, not offenses against a state.