CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama Thursday said no one in his office engaged in dealmaking with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich over who would succeed him in the Senate.
FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on Tuesday on federal corruption charges related in part to the selection of Obama's successor as a U.S. senator. Federal officials said Blagojevich was looking to sell or trade the position.
Obama said the vacant Senate seat is not for "any politician to trade," and he said he had never spoken to the governor on the subject.
He said he was confident that "no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat." The Senate seat "belongs to the people of Illinois and they deserve the best possible representation," he said.
THINK ABOUT IT; IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR BLAGOJEVICH TO ATTEMPT SELLING THIS SEAT TO A DEMOCRAT A REPUBLICAN WOULD MOST LIKELY BE A TARGET. BLAGOJEVICH KNOWS REPUBLICANS ARE DESPERATE TO GAIN SEATS MORE SO THAN A DEMOCRAT. THINK ABOUT IT.
Hmmm TV station in Chicago has film of Obama meeting with Blagojevich in November and reported they were meeting about the Senate Seat.
Axelrod says Nov. 23 that Obama and Blagojevich were in close contact.
Obama says he never met with the Governor.
Alexrod says he mis-spoke.
All this mis-speaking is giving me a headache.
I hope everybody is happy with Pres-elect Obama answer because it was the truth even Gov Idiot said that all they would give him is thank you and that was on a wiretap so I'm sorry to break your heart that he was not guilty but we have to look at the evidence ,besides this not like the republicans they are gay,and like young boys.
So can we let Pres-elect Obama focus on our economy and focus on the people who actually are guilty in this crime.
MAYBE, MAYBE NOT. only time and the light of truth will say for certain.??????
Obama isn't even sworn in yet and the media is already trying to link him to scandal. It is clear that Obama has nothing to do with this mess.
And how come the American people cannot see you as one BIG DOG DUNG? GO GET A LIFE AND STOP BEING A SILLY NUT
Ah, Illinois politicians. . .same, same, same.
Keep spinning Obama, you will soon be caught in your own web.
Can we stay focused on the economy!
Obama/Blagojevich is a non-issue. Blagojevich himself complained that Obama refused to give him anything. Blagojevich's line: "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation." Case closed.
Something curious about Chicago, Illinois (?)
It all depends on what your definition of "is" is.
NOW journalist and law enforcement officials want to "investigate" possible corruption in gov't? Where were they in 2000, 2003, 2004...anytime Bush (Cheney, Rumsfeld and the lot) made a decision about the econmy, War in Iraq, wire taps...everything they've ever done. ????
The election is over all you republicans you lost,now get on with life. At least President Obama didn't steal the office or get appointed by his father's Supreme Court.
In a political corruption scandal you want the felon/criminal on tape saying that you wouldn't join him in his criminal enterprise.
When Gov Blago on tape said that, Obama wouldn't pay-for-play I said to my friends, we finally found an honest politician for President.
What, you think Obama would admit he is surrounded by crooks?
He wasn't aware Ayers bombed anything...then he never met with him...oops served on two boards with him...must have forgot...(I think I would remember doling out $50 Million, but hey, that is me)...University Library refuses access to CAC papers...they shared offices on the same floor in Chicago...Ayers was Chairman of one board, and Obama the Chairman of the other board...but didn't know each other...lived two blocks away from each other...but Obama didn't know him...oh wait...though he was rehabilitated....
Obama sat in on weekly meetings with Axlerod, Blagojevich and helped get Gov. Blag elected in 2002...Obama WROTE the legislation that reduced the non-corruptible Health Board of 15 members to the REZKO corrupted health board of 9 members...that Gov. Blago signed into law...Rezko donated heavily to Gov...to Mayor Daley...to Obama...
Obama writes 4 bills that benefit low income housing developers...Rezko and Davis get millions...Obama worked for Davis...Obama knows Rezko 17 years while telling everyone he barely knew Rezko. Rezko is on Obama's 2004 US Senate Finance Committe...Michelle is hired by the City of Chicago, and both Obama and Michelle work in the SAME law firm as Ayers' wife, R. Dohrn.
Yet Obama did not have a clue anyone was corrupt....did not have a clue Ayers was not remorseful for the bombings...wrote a glowing recommendation for Fugitive Days....
Gosh...certainly is No-Drama Obama, right?
Why do people insist on saying that Obama knows everything? I mean, can the man get in office first?
So Obama denies these allegations, and he gets blamed for looking guilty. He keeps quiet, and he looks guilty because he isn't denying anything. Which is it?
Like I said before, people will do or say anything to try to show that Obama is corrupt, without full evidence saying so. It all comes down to the fact that some people cannot stand having a black man for President.
And, I hear Obama will use his middle name during his inaugaration. Good for him! Intelligent, non-racist people know that just because someone's middle name is Husieen doesn't make him a terrorist. But I guess for some people ignorance is bliss.
I'm sorry, but you people who are saying, "How could Obama not know whats going on around him!?" are simply ridiculous. Are you serious? What Blagojevich did was to try to sell Obama's seat for his own personal gain. His own PERSONAL gain. He was working on his own to further himself.
Saying Obama was involved (I honestly don't know how that is possible) to me is like saying Iraq was involved in 9/11... We all know that's just not even remotely true.
Yeah, scandal and controversy surround Osama but he's NEVER involved. And if you believe that.....I got a bridge to sell you in Africa.
And he had no real contact with Rezco, never heard Wright say anything untoward regarding the USA or white people, Rezco did not donate do his campaign. Okay, he did, but not much. Oh wait!! We need to give this $187,000 to charity. We had no idea it came from Tony. He saw Ayers walking down the street once. Oh we served on a board. Oh yea! I went to his house once.. didn't realize you were talking about THAT guy! Oh, yeah, I DID write a blurb for his book, but I didn't read it. And the media replies "he said he doesn't know/Didn't do it/etc... So he must not have". Give me a break.
Even if Obama had nothing to do with this,he will forever be tainted anyway.Sickening.
You need to get your facts before you start kangaroo court!! The prosecutor has said Obama and Jesse is not involved in this corruption scandal. A police official has already reported that there is no evidence, wiretaps or bugs suggesting Jesse or his people made a deal. They said there is no evidence that he knew what was going on. Yes, Jesse met with the Governor for 90 minutes discussing
Jesse creditials about the Senate seat. And the prosecutor also said that people need to stop coming to a conclusiong that Jesse is involved because the FBI wants to talk to him. It is just like a murder case, when the police wants to talk to witnesses but it don't mean they are a suspect. I know conservatives and haters would love to bring down Obama and Jesse but they are smarter then that!!
There is sooooo much about Obama that America does not know. He will say anything to win and cover his butt. Whenever we can not pronounce half of the names in the American government, we will know that it is not America anymore.
OBAMA HATERS.....Haven't you had enough? When you learn that no-one can "touch" OBAMA. He is as clean as clean can be in politics! If he were to ever be charged with some type of corruption, it would have happened by now! You are hateful idiots and your mouths are dripping with saliva for anything that could possibly damage Obama's image, EVEN IF YOU MAKE IT UP! Get lost...and get a life.