December 30th, 2008
05:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama says Burris appointment 'disappointing'

President-elect Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday criticizing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to appoint Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate:

"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Alan

    Tell 'em!

    December 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Mesa

    The Messiah has broken away from his shaved ice (and very expensive vacation on taxpayer $$) to speak.

    All Hail!

    December 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Proud American

    America please listen and learn, President Elect Mr. Obama. God I love the sound of that. What time does that U-Haul get to Washington to Pack the Idiot Bush things?

    December 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Gallimimus

    Appropriate statement, allows for due process. But, also appeals to the way America is feeling about this guy. What a dirt bag. It's in everybodies best interest that this positon is filled without any controversy.

    December 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. No incumbents 2010

    So what you're saying is that if you are ever accused of wrong doing you will step down?

    December 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    plus he's OLD.... why appoint an old man?

    December 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Callie

    cj
    Oklahoma
    The sad thing is that this man wants this office so bad it he do any thing to get it. Even if he is a good man no one will ever believe it, and the fact they had some one there to talk about the race issue could not help but upset thoses of us who have worked so hard to get people to understand you must put the best in office at a time like this with so many problems in our world that you can not look at the color of some one skin to choose who goes in to what office. I believe this governor just wanted to prove he could do it because he is so great and the only one who he could find with his hand up that he would take it is the one he gave it to.

    December 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. David

    Well said Mr. President-Elect.

    December 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    I am very glad to see that our President Elect has taken a strong stand against corrpution!

    December 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. BB

    It should read "Blagojevich appointment will not be accepted by Senate Democrats". Obama is not disappointed in the man. E-TRASH – that's all this is.

    December 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. RealityCheck

    Bravo...

    Blago is a douche

    December 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Patrick

    So "Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant", but Obama will keep him out the senate as part of a pi**ing match with the governor of Illinois?

    December 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Aaron from Ohio

    I think Blagovevich did this as a slap in the face to Obama for not playing ball. He appoints someone that Obama would like to have the seat knowing very well that the senate is going to reject it. The senate leadership has already stated that any appointee named by Blago would be tainted and they would refuse to seat them. The Illinois governor was wire-tapped and the transcript had him swearing and furious at Obama for offering nothing but appreciation. This is payback.

    December 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. JGR

    Obama is right. Good timing this time. Happy New Year. JGR

    December 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. evan skevofilax

    I believe the best resolution would be for _______ to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While _________ is entitled to his day in court, the people of ________ are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.

    Will Mr. President hold himself and all public servants to the same standard - ? If this is the case, we'll need an earmark for resignation letter postage.

    December 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Kevin

    AGREED!

    December 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Obama seems to overlook that it's up to the _entire_ Senate, not just the Democrats, to decide who it will seat. So long as the Governor remains in office cloaked with the presumption of innocence, his appointment is valid, and it is arrogant to think anyone can reverse it.

    December 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Obama doesn't mean this.....

    A deal was made that as long as Blagojevich appointed a black, Obama would eventually pardon him. So this talk is all a smoke screen.

    December 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Argus

    "Senate Democrats cannot accept an appointment by a governor accused" ,,, interesting. Blagojevich hasn't been impeached and found guilty; he hasn't been tried in federal court. In fact, I don't recall reading that he'd been indicted. All Fitzgerald did, if memory serves me correctly, is file a complaint.

    Let's give Roland Burris a thorough going-over. If he proves morally upright, physically fit, mentally capable, why can't he serve out the remainder of Obama's term?

    So what if Blagojevich appointed him? Is everything Blogojevich does wrong? Even if he helps a blind old lady across the street?

    Sen. Reid and Co. remind me of the adage: "It's better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than open one's mouth and prove it."

    December 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. That's very nice Barack but.....

    where's your illegal immigrant aunt? Who is hiding her? It's a crime that she has been living in Public Housing at taxpayer expense even though she was deported four years ago.

    December 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Jacque Bauer

    Yes, free from taint and controversy. Just wait until the Rahm-bomb drops soon... Change! I'm telling you it's a commin'.

    December 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    Roland Burris SHOULD BE DENIED A SEAT IN THE SENATE, THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCEPTION, IT WAS DECIDED THAT ANY APPOINTEE BY ROD BLAGOJEVICH WILL BE BLOCKED. PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA YOU HAVE TO MUSCLE UP TO MAKE SURE THIS APPOINTMENT IS REJECTED.

    Special Election is the only solution to fill P.E Obama's seat. As a black person, I am dissappointed with Rep. Bobby Rush's comments, he is so ignorant and stupid, he should just shut the hell up and go back to the south side of Chicago and take care of drive by shootings.

    December 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Isaac

    I wonder how much Roland Burris payed for this nomination.

    December 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Will

    If he would have chosen Jackson, what do you think people would be saying now? What do you think Obama would have said?

    December 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Veronica Richmond, VA.

    I agree with President – Elect Obama! The Governor is a scumbag... off to Gitmo should he go!

    December 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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