December 10th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama calls on Blagojevich to resign

Obama is now calling on Blagojevich to step down.
Obama is now calling on Blagojevich to step down.

(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday joined calls for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign.

"The president-elect agrees with [Illinois] Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

On Tuesday Blagojevich was arrested on federal conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged in their complaint that Blagojevich pressured candidates to replace Obama in the Senate for campaign contributions and other benefits.

Gibbs said Obama also supported legislation that will be considered by Illinois lawmakers on Monday to authorize a special election to choose his successor.

Obama believes Illinois lawmakers should "put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the the people of Illinois," Gibbs said.

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  1. New Day

    Marc – is that really the best you can do? Whats your target audience; the brain dead or just Rush?

    December 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. rm

    Marc December 10th, 2008 2:40 pm ET

    I'm ashamed that I voted for Obama. The election was barely a month ago and he's dealing with a scandal! At least with McCain, we knew where we stood. I admit I, nor the media, vetter him enough. Ridiculous to think then Sen. Obama had no dealings with the Governor. America, wake up!
    ____________________________________________

    Marc,
    Please stop coming on this site posing as a disappointed Obama supporter. Everyone reads through you idiots. Get a life. Obama will be our President Jan. 20, 2009!! Get used to it!!

    December 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Nancy

    Obama and Blag......how ever you spell his name aren't really affiliated. I am from Chicago, and it was obvious they weren't friends. Obama doesn't have to distance himself, he is the next President! He is doing his part by asking that criminal to resign.

    December 10, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. SJC

    To Frank,

    You said:

    "It wasn't rove who outed Plame, it was the democratic favorite Anthony Zinni. But you wouldn't know that because once your media found out it was Zinni and not Rove, they lost interest. But nice try."

    Before posting and criticizing others you should make sure your facts are right. It wasn't Zinni, it was Richard Armitage in the Bush administration.

    You also said:
    "And the media has been against Bush from day 1, there is no Republican Media, only the liberal media."

    The media failed to adequately look into Bush's claim of WMD in Iraq and implicitly endorsed this disastrous war. Also are you aware that there's Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bob Grant, Sean Hannity and many many other lunatic right wing media programs?

    So besides the fact that everything in your post was false, it was great! LOL!

    December 10, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. will

    fyi all, it turns out Obama did meet Blago on November 5th, the day after he was elected. The news outlet that had the report on this has removed the link from their website...but google has not.

    At the very least, Mr. Obama was not being truthful yesterday when he said he had no discussion about with Blago on his open senate seat. He did.

    Hopefully this will be vetted and not buried by the media.

    December 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Nancy

    Forget you Dino, the CUBS will win the World Series one day! I am a believer – Hey noone believed there would ever be a black president, what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Ron.Toronto. Canada

    VENESSA!!!!!!!
    DON'T,send them here

    December 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. lori

    This is stupid, trying to tie Obama to this. One bad apple spoiling the bunch. Get over it Obama is going to be the new president.
    We can all get into details about Bush dealings with corrupt politicians and othe elected officials doing the same. It is what is a greedy, idiot, politician. Republicans, Democrats, they all have some bad and good people.

    December 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. wait a minute

    We should be very proud of having an effective democratic system to corner these crooks. It may seem like we are exposing our dirty laundry to the world. Hey, it's much better than being stuck with old dirty laundry without any recourse. We are all human beings and power can corrupt many people. It takes a good system to correct corruptions. We will finetune our system to perfection.

    December 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Dan

    Marc at 2:40:

    Yeah, we all believe that you voted for Obama, and are now ashamed. You're not transparent at all. Moron.

    December 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Biff

    Marc December 10th, 2008 2:40 pm ET

    I'm ashamed that I voted for Obama. The election was barely a month ago and he's dealing with a scandal! At least with McCain, we knew where we stood. I admit I, nor the media, vetter him enough. Ridiculous to think then Sen. Obama had no dealings with the Governor. America, wake up!

    --------------------------------
    Marc, based on the arguments you just put forth, there is NO WAY you were an Obama voter. I call b.s. on your post.

    People, we have to continue to out these stinking operatives put on these blogs to manipulate and undermine democracy. It is unAmerican. call it out, call THEM out as such.

    December 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Steve

    This is wonderful.....ABC reports that Candidate 5 is Jesse Jackson Jr.

    This sleaze is unbelievable and is going to damage Obama and the people are to believe the purity of what comes out of Chicago.

    I hope PE is clean or as much as any pol so we can get moving forward.

    JJSr has made his share of enemies and possibly taught his son how to get what you want with the green. Buy or in Sr. case extort.under the guise of helping others.

    December 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Chris in MI

    Blago, you're a sleazy scumbag. Might as well resign now. You're gonna need the time to prepare for a long trial, unless you just plead guilty and save us some money and just plead guilty. doubt you'll get any deal from the Feds, since they've got you on wiretaps.Oops!

    December 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. dustin

    you all do realize that campaign season is over, some people on here are trying to show obama is at fault for this, another is saying 'oh look he's throwing another friend under the bus'. I know its ok to get crazy every four years or so, but do you really have to be this crazy before the man has any power to do anything? He's not a senator anymore, and not the president yet, so at least wait until jan 21 to criticize this man as a president, give him at least one day. Until then you just sound petty and like a bad sport when it comes to losing. The gov. was in the wrong, if he did do what they say, hopefully there is a law against it and he'll go to jail, in the mean time, obama is right, he should resign. Thats all that needs to be said about this story.

    December 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Jason

    Well this is just the beginning folks. Maybe the American people are starting to realize we just elected nothing but a corrupt, thug, Chicago politician. Obama was an ardent supporter of this scum Gov. in 2002 and 2006. I'm proud to say I was one of the 58 million plus who did not get fooled by this smooth talking liar, Barack Obama.
    BTW, there is no such thing as " The Office of the President-Elect." Just another example of this man's arrogance.

    December 10, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. LIP

    Whatever will be will be. Let the chips fall where they may and so on and so forth.
    Obama is probably clean and if he isn't, he will probably shower tonight and call it good. I like the way he has moved to the center just like Bill Clinton did after running on a liberal agenda. I also like that he is going to reach across the aisle to work with the republicans to try to get things accomplished. I seem to recall Bush saying something similar, but the democrats had other ideas and once he was in office, used the filibuster to death to hamstring him whenever he attempted to accomplish something. Oh yes, and now Democrats say that he was unable to accomplish anything because he wouldn't reach across that proverbial aisle. Notice the Republicans can play that game also and will be filibustering this ridiculous auto scam Nancy and the boys are attempting to shove down the throats of the people that don't think the Big 3 should be bailed out.

    December 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Clair

    Marc , who do you think you are fooling with the post below? LOL. ... Your sore republican tail is showing up from behing your cover, lol.

    "I'm ashamed that I voted for Obama. The election was barely a month ago and he's dealing with a scandal! At least with McCain, we knew where we stood. I admit I, nor the media, vetter him enough. Ridiculous to think then Sen. Obama had no dealings with the Governor. America, wake up! "

    December 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Janice

    Why wasn't Sarah Palin questioned about her relationship with Ted Stevens? Oh, I forgot that's called Republicans selective thinking.

    December 10, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Veronica

    LOL – What part of 'no relationship between Blagojevich and Obama ' escapes you mental midgets? While their PROFESSIONAL relationship started many years ago, the relationship has SOURED in past years.

    Don't you people have anything better to do than harp on non-issues?

    December 10, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. peakarack

    Another one of Barack Hussein Obama friends are going under the bus. LOL!

    December 10, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. jb1879

    Politics as usual, he just got caught. I believe, with all my heart, that Obama knew about this long before.

    December 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Bill

    Obama has *not* been implicated in ANYTHING... in fact, the AG went so far as to say SPECIFICALLY that Obama was not involved in any way... and NO charges have been filed, or even SUGGESTED towards Obama.

    I know that really upsets the Obama haters... but just because this moron was the Governor of Obama's home state, doesn't mean there is an immediate connection.

    I grow really weary of you idiots who *think* you know what's going on, and post "just wait", and "why not investigate this" on these boards. If you KNOW something, why not post it? Or better yet... TAKE IT TO THE AUTHORITIES. Until then, you're just sore losers to me. GET OVER IT... Obama is your president elect... DEAL WITH IT.

    When (and if) he solves the financial issues... will you be looking for something ELSE to blame on him? Get real, and give him the benefit of the doubt... half of us voters voted him in... don't disrepect our opinions just because it wasn't yours!

    December 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Rick

    Just in this week alone we have Charlie Wrangle…tax cheat, fraud and corrupt liar.
    William Jefferson……thief, tax cheat and corrupt liar.
    Rod Blogojevich…….corrupt liar, thief, blackmailer.

    What do they all have in common? Hmmm, let me see….oh yeah, they are all democrats, the party of zero ethics.

    December 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. tee

    DAN

    Wishfull thinking on your part. If they had something on Obama,
    it would have come out by now. Face this fact, the best candidate to ever run for president is now president-elect. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Dennis

    This typifies Illinois politics where Obama came from. The stink will be on him too

    December 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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