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. Jim

    Aren't all of you Obama supporters ashamed of yourselves now? This guy is the dirtiest of the scum that has ever come out of that corrupt city. Way to go America. God bless us all.

    December 10, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Jo-Ann

    @Rick..

    That's your wishful thinking...IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!! Just look in the mirror and keep saying "President Obama, President Obama...cause he is our Pres-Elect!!! Hater...

    December 10, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. not suprised in chicago

    IL governer "BLAGO" was going to be indited on fraud charges way before this new play to pay came to light Its the CHicago machine way and has been for decades!! Ex ROckford mayor Doug SCott who i see hugging Bago a lot in the last two days, was Blagos college roomate and recieved a nice cushy state job in springfield after losing the last Rockford!They even have the same BAD haircut

    December 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Sue

    Mr Obama has HIS "head in the sand" as he stated to the auto makers. They are Carpet Baggers, and destroying the very people that do their work for them. And NO – they should NOT be paid off for their waste of OUR taxpayers $$$ to rescue them from spending some of their PRIVATE dollars that are well hidden – probably in VERY secret holdings – while we pay them even MORE!!! Mr. Obama is disgusting to allow this betrayal of the people who he speaks "GOLDENLY" about – and even before being sworn in as our "saviour" president – is giving away the struggling peoples money to the CORPORATE RAIDERS. SHAME ON YOU MR. OBAMA!!! yOU ARE ALREADY SCREWING UP YOUR PROMISES TO help the country!!! PANTS ON FIRE!!!! Why don't you, along with them – ride bicycles!!!! Put your words in action – not your double talking excuses!!!

    December 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    Well that's a big old "Duh". What else could he say?

    December 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Ron

    Marc....sorry you have my vote for the dumbest person to blog today. You are a shamed you voted for Obama (I doubt if you actually did) because a politician in the US is corrupt. What about the Mumbai terrorist attack. We don't know of Obama's where abouts during those 3 days. Maybe there were actually 10 terrorist and Obama got away.

    December 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Toni

    Think about this, all you people who want to tie President-Elect Obama to this scandal.

    This Illinois governor (I'm not even going to try and spell his name) hated the Chicago Tribune because the paper kept doing exposes on him. This is the same paper which wholeheartedly endorsed Barack Obama, the only Democrat the paper has endorsed since its inception. Would the Tribune have endorsed President-Elect Obama if its editors had even thought Obama was connected at all with any scandals?

    December 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Ironic, not suprising

    Obama's spokesman says "it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois" huh?

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing about Obama....pretty hard to be an effective Senator when you spend your whole term running for another office, voting "present" at votes, and writing books.....itll be hard to be President when you have no governing experience and only the Democratic Congressional leaders and a bunch of celebrity crazed devoted "yes" men as advisors

    I didn't vote for Bush, and I understand if you don't like his policies, but America goes and tries to "correct" the problem with Obama....what a joke...

    tell me when he joins Blago in the resignation line

    No leadership, No experience, NObama

    December 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Obama did not support the governor when he ran in 2002, and the governor did not support Obama when he ran for the Senate. The governor is on tape cursing about Obama because Obama would not pay him to appoint his choice for the Senate. Supposedly Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was the one who blew the whistle on Blagojevich. The US Attorney himself said that Obama was not implicated in the investigation.

    And still people here believe that Obama is corrupt and/or had shady involvement in this foolishness. Just goes to show that people will believe what they want to believe.

    December 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. please

    Marc –
    First, from reading your post – you did not vote for Obama, but nice try.

    Second, Obama is not "dealing" with this scandal – he is not part of it, thus not "dealing" with it.

    Go back and leave reality alone – go and listen to your Rush

    December 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    To all the GOP out there: McCain had the Keating 5 and Palin had too ethics investigations on-going while she ran for VP! Pastor Huck has too many ethics investigations to list ...

    Yes, this Illinois Governor is scum: he should be locked away, sentenced to 30 years of hard labor.

    But notice the top Democrats are calling for his head: If he had been GOP, all you would hear from the GOP that "these attacks were politically motivated."

    Only the foolish and those who are filled with hate, not too mention poor losers are trying to paint Obama with this brush: Isn't going to work – save your breath.

    December 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. topobob

    Wow....Spitzer resigns over a personal issue and Blagojevich goes "back to work". This is a great country.

    December 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Uh oh

    Regretting a vote for the other Illinois political inside man already.......

    December 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Fed up

    He hasn't even taken office and the cockroaches are starting to come out of the woodwork

    December 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Ralph Tyler;

    The US elected George W Bush, twice. Were the people who voted for him brain-dead?

    December 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. No incumbents 2010

    How can you even question the "Chosen Ones" dealings? Obama had nothing to do with any of this and even if he did, we would never know, because no one will do any investigative journalism. That would be pure racism!

    December 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Tim

    At least we all agree that Obama should distance himself from these types of people. The only disagreement that republicans and democrats have is as to timing. It would have been nice to distance himself from these types of people early in the relationship. It's a pattern that repeats, i.e. Wright, Ayers and Rezko

    December 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. K

    Christine,
    Your hoping the person elected from the actual most corrupt city outside of New Orleans is going to clean house and make everything right? I almost feel sorry for you and the others on here who are so naive. You all really did just start paying attention during this election cycle, didn't you? You are truly clueless...corruption doesn't just exist in the hands of Republicans dear...wake up, seriously!

    December 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Lori

    I am so glad that the majority of Americans are smart enough to not listen to the Republicans try and connect Obama to this nonsense. The GOP forgets that Obama is too busy trying to clean up the mess that they made the last 8 years to be involved in this. Obama won by a landslide so get over it GOP! Let the uneducated Republicans try and smear Obama, they have nothing better to do.

    P.S. Let's not forget Palin's, McCain's scandals, to name a few!!! Oh that's right- the GOP has selective morals. They forget McCain's marital infidelities but want to hang Clinton for his. Like I hear everyday- the GOP will soon be extinct. Thank God!

    December 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Michael

    The GOP (God Only Party) is soon to be extinct. Look where they've gotten us. When we had Clinton, the economy was great, now with Bush, it sucks. What happened to "fiscal conservatism" and "less government", Republicans?

    Also, this kinda corruption happens to BOTH sides, Democrats AND Republicans, just ask Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzalez and Bush himself.

    December 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Jude

    As soon as Blago is knocked off HIS pedestal, how about we take CAMPBELL BROWN off hers!!!! Her show should be called, "MORE bias;MORE bull" By a Republican sympathizer. She has NEVER asked questions of Bush, Cheney or their criminals like she now asks daily of Obama. Her insinuations that Obama MUST somehow be involved in the crimes of Blagojevich are just obnoxious and are very politically motivated. If she wants to be on CNN, they should at least CLEARLY advertise her show as biased coverage!!!

    December 10, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. renee

    I wouldnt be surprised if the Republicons were behind this to somehow link this to Obama they will stop at nothing.

    December 11, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. Theresa

    I am sick and tired of Brown's Cutting through the Bull piece where she dares to insinuate that Obama is perhaps not being transparent enough. Why does he have to be responsible for everything that happens to corrupted politians – is it just because he shared a room with them in a meeting or happens to know them? Brown: Your show is becoming more BULL than anything. Seriously, CNN – GET RID OF HER!!!!

    December 11, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  24. Theresa

    I am sick and tired of Brown's Cutting through the Bull piece where she dares to insinuate that Obama is perhaps not being transparent enough. Why does he have to be responsible for everything that happens to corrupted politicians – is it just because he shared a room with them in a meeting or happens to know them? Brown: Your show is becoming more BULL than anything. Seriously, CNN – GET RID OF HER!!!!

    December 11, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. BM

    Everytime you sikcos try to tie Obama to a scandal, you are unsuccessful. It appears that everyone is trying a get rich scheme using the Popular, President-to-elect.
    Apparently this governoe thought he was above the law. You sickcos can't understand that this man Obama is an ethical and honest human being,

    December 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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