December 30th, 2008
05:41 PM ET
9 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)

    I agree with Obama

    December 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. reginald smith fairfax va

    great obama quick and fast reponse!!!!!! but watch the media wont be satisfied. they will now ask why did u come out so quick????? ha ha ha ha

    December 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Humored in Texas

    Very eloquently stated by President-elect Obama.

    It's too bad, too, because Burris is a good man!!!

    December 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. have a special election

    what else is left?

    December 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. dm32

    I agree with Obama, Blagojevich can't be trusted, so why would he appoint some one to the very senate seat he got caught trying to sell?

    December 30, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Dozirulf

    "Extremely dissapointing"? Try RIDICULOUS.

    December 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Right on OBAMA!

    December 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Juan Grain

    Burris is the same color Blogo is, 5 shades of stupidity.

    December 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Irving, TX - Loves President Obama

    I agree with President Obama....what a same....

    December 30, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    It does not look like these two will be exchanging Christmas cards next year!

    December 30, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Noel B. Newton

    Right on Obama!!! Don't let that corrupt Governor have an inch.

    December 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. tgmnite

    O does not have the say in this matter. He should be focus on getting this economy in line and the Mid-east issue resolved. This is a small issue that he should have pasted on making any comments.

    December 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. for obama nj-dp

    the governor is very slick, he doesn't care whose toes he steps on as long as it benefits him, it is a shame that he is using the burris appt for his own gain, and trying to drag burris in the mud with him....somebody needs to put a stop to his foolishness, and get him out, and try to rebuild illinois character. i am sure and hopeful he will be impeached.

    December 30, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Go Away !!!

    Governor Blagojevich NEED TO STEP DOWN !!!

    December 30, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. john l.a.

    Being an native Illinoisan, this is rather unfortunate that coming
    from a beautiful state and all this drama, I still love my home state,
    but like the public says, if the appearance is questionable than
    the Governor should resign, it doesn't admit that he's guilty of
    anything, however in California, our former Governor was recalled
    after starting his politcal career literally with the present Attorney General.

    John l.a.

    December 30, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. RTB

    I agree with the pres. elect. The question I have is, why is Burris accepting the appointment when he is fully aware that the senate has already stated that they will not honor any appointment made by Blago? It is a disrespectful action on Burris's part. Very strange indeed.

    December 30, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Couldn't have said it better. So, not only does Burris likely not get appointed. He also will not likely ever be considered since there'll be suspicion on why he was appointed in the first place.
    Can Gov. Rod just go somewhere already?

    December 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Redneck from S Illinois

    Blagojevich is an idiot and Burris is a political yes man who has no business being a U.S. Senator.

    December 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Joe Terrogano

    Mr. Burris should have known this was a risky proposition, but apparently decided to cooperate with Blagojevich's games. Instead of playing cat-and-mouse, Mr. Blagojevich needs to be packing his bags for the Federal penitentiary. Won't be so cute and funny on the yard! This is narcissism at it's purest. Total self-absorption, an exaggerated sense of entitlement, a false sense of superiority and a "smarter than thou" mentality. Prisions are full of these guys.

    December 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |


    December 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    President Elect Obama is right but Blagojevich knew exactly what he was doing when he picked and African American to succeed The President Elect. He knew this would be a controversal pick and when the Democratic committee denies his choice, people would be yelling racism. Hence taking some focus off him.

    Blagojevich is a "stupid man" but this move was perfection. Score Blagojevich up by one.

    December 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Susan from S Illinois

    Roland Burris is almost as big a joke in Illinois politics as Blagojevich. He has run for higher office repeatedly and lost each and every time. The only way he could ever get another political office in Illinois is if someone like Blago hands it to him on a silver platter. The people of Illinois sure won't give it to him.

    December 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. jeffrey

    excellent and well-said President Obama!

    December 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Size10


    December 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Rick Roberts

    Tell it like it is Mr. President. Get used to it, we have 8 more years of straight talk ahead.

    December 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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