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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soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. send him away

    very sickening

    December 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Larry

    Really,you are busted,get out of office-and name names

    December 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    What is the difference between auctioning off political power for financial gain and accepting "donations" from powerful lobbyists ?

    December 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. atlas

    How come they keep forgetting to mention he's a democrat?!?!!

    Ohhhh, that's right. It's b/c the media is in the tank for the dems and most certainly their baby boy....BO.

    December 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada

    Good to hear Pres-elect Obama's take on this. Let's just hope there aren't any Obama skeletons in Blago's closet.

    December 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. genel-Tx

    Great statement for a great situation that almost forces the Pres-Elect to respond to. Somehow the (Right) will definately have a field day with this one in trying to connect the Pres-Elect to this disgrace. (i.e., Rep. Eric Cantor, Rush, and Hannity).........The Self-Proclaiming Pro-Ethical Rock Throwing, Got all the answers idiots....

    December 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    Cheer Up Liberals, you're not alone anymore, now you've got Hot-Rod under the bus with you.

    December 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Gen Patton

    "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"

    I don't have confidence in your election, so big deal.

    December 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. TomT

    Time to clean up Illinois, the governor should resign.

    December 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Godluvr

    Blagojevich is the criminal not President-Elect Obama! Republicans and Republican media: Stop campaigning! The election is over! You will not get that 'Ayers' card to stick anymore!

    The majority have spoken: They want PEO as their president. Get over your spirit of entitlement, and move on!

    Shall me name names?
    The Bush Era:
    Rove (Plame), Foggo (CIA-money laundering), Libby, Gonzales, Daley, Foley (House pages), Allen (shoplifter), Armstrong Williams (paid propagandist), Larry Craig (restroom), Bush-Cheney-(War under fradulent pretenses) to name a few...

    December 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Vic of New York

    It's the smart and ethical thing to do... Unfortunately Blagojevich, from what I can read, is neither "smart" nor "ethical".

    This maroon, like so many other politicians will stay on clasping to power until they finally lock the door behind him.

    BTW: Who wants to give odds on a George Jr. pardon for Scooter Libby?

    December 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Nathan

    Good. Now, let's allow the president-elect and his cabinet to get back to work on the myriad of problems this nation is facing.

    December 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Mike

    I applaud this decision because it is the right thing to do. Now that Obama has made it to the White House, he is in a much better position to clean up Chicago politics and I am encouraged to see him move so decisively getting Blagojevich out of the picture. This is great news for Illinois and the republic!

    December 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. cat

    Time to go Blago....ILL. deserves better....We want new leaders.

    December 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Chicago GOP

    Who would be allowed to run in this special election? I would imagine they would have to allow anyone to run. Hopefully this leads to a GOP senator :) Nonetheless (and more realistically) we will be able to vote for a person based on their character and political opinions. I am tired of the commentary that Jesse Jackson Jr. should be selected based on the belief that we need a 'african american' in the senate. I believe Martin Luther King, Jr. said people should 'not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.' Shouldn't the inverse of this also hold true? Shouldn't we select based on the content of character and not color? If we select Jackson, we are doing the opposite of Martin Luther King Jr's goals...selecting a political figure BASED on color. He is not the best candidate for the job. As long as we have people who perpetuate the need to differentiate based on color, racial lines will always exist!

    December 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Leiv

    Resign or impeach him not just strip him of the choice. I hope the Illinois people are talking to their representatives and senators in their State. The people are the ones who need to act fast. We are the one's who elect these officials and we are the ones who need to stand up and say something to get them out. He cannot effectively govern with this on him.

    December 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. pam Eugene OR

    Thank God Blagojevich didn't like Obama. I can't believe he called ore PE a mother --er! The audacity of Obama not willing to "Pay to Play" with him. Obama did offer his appreciation but that fell way short of what the Gov. wanted.
    The sheer greed of this man is really amazing. He wanted whatever he could get and I don't think he will be too pleased with what he will receive.
    He probably will have to be dragged out there considering he had the nerve to even go in today.

    December 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. yvonne

    a special election would be the wisest, safest, and best for the people of IL. they should let any politician place whom he wants. just for reasons like this one.

    December 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Ed Stack

    The Governor of Illinois knows something clandestine about Obama that we do not know....maybe now it will come out....the Governor seems awfully confident that he has some control over all of this issue.

    December 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. tor

    President -elect Obama is correct, Gov. Rod Blagojevich needs to resign and then go to jail

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. vic

    He should resign but is too arrogant, so, he should be impeached.
    Hey, whatever happened to Alaskan senator Ted Stevens? Is he is jail yet??

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Ethelred the Unready

    The Obama Administration must avoid scandal or the suggestion of scandal to be successful. Why? Because Conservative leaders are waiting, hoping, and praying for any error, any blunder, any misstep that they can pounce on. They have learned how to play the media like an accordian, and they will divert the nation's attention from issues like employment, wages, child health care, the mortgage crisis, the recession, corporate hanky-panky, veterans benefits, etc.

    Conservative leaders would much prefer for the nation to be discussing whether Obama's mother-in-law's Sunday School teacher wrote an unpatriotic essay when she was in the eleventh grade. "I'm not saying Obama is necessarily a traitor because of this," they will say, "but the American people deserve to hear the truth! And if the President himself turns out to be a traitor – mind you i'm not saying he is – then how many of his friends are traitors too? America needs to learn the truth!"

    Conservatism is an unpatriotic political philosophy and it needs to be disregarded as a rational option for the nation.

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Greg

    With the words "Innocent until proven guilty" in the back of our minds, why would the man elected to the highest position in our country call for the
    resignation unless he knew he was guilty???????

    December 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    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, WOW that will be a first for Illinois, I can't believe that Obaba is calling for this and the resignation of the "Gov" !

    Perhaps he wants the "Gov" to go before his ties to the "Gov" are exposed?

    December 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Walter

    Good move, if a man wants to destroy himself, don't let him take you down with him.

    December 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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