December 10th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls on Blagojevich to resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Jared in CA

    Yes, good call Mr. Obama. I'm sure you had absolutely no idea this was happening, right?
    I mean, it was YOUR senate seat, and it was the governor of YOUR state. But, no worries, I'm sure all this was just going on under your nose.
    Even if you were too busy courting the camera to know what's going on with your job, no one can hold THAT against you, right?
    Just a reminder, you're still a Senator until January, and just like the rest of us, you have to WORK at your old job until you start the new one.

    December 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Gen. Patton from 1:29,
    Obama stole Florida by having a lot of neo nazi folks, say about 200,000, vote for Ralph nader. Oops, that's wrong. I think it was 200,000 Jewish voters who voted for Pat Buchanan.
    Course, it didn't hurt to have the Sec'y of State be a state campaign manager for Bush, amnd have his biological brother be Gov. of the state of Florida.

    Speaking of the Sec'y of State, I'm also clear about one who helped remove 150,000 voters from the roles and also helped get some other questionable things done through the computer firm that monitored the ballots. Surely that was Obama, right?
    Oh wait, that's wrong too. That would be Ken Blackwell covering up for President Bush in 2004.
    And if either of these VERY QUESTIONABLE things hadn't happened President Bush would have had the same fate as Sarah Palin, going back to be Gov. and many American soldiers wouldn't be dead, or crippled after fighting in an unjust war.

    In your scenario, give McCain any state that was within two points and Obama still wins. So, sorry. The 2008 Presidential election was, finally, fair and square. Your horse got close, but that only counts in horseshoes and grenades. Salute, at your convenience of course, President Obama as of January 20, 2009, 12 noon.

    December 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Karen

    Is it true that the person Blag refers to as the advisor which holds the 5th CD in Illinois is Rahm?

    December 10, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Joe Macbride

    I think barack is going to surprise the folks who question this mans guts.Obama is not going to tolerate any of this two bit crap. Some backbone in washington is exactly what is needed after the self serving shananagans that we have had to bear these eight excruciating years

    December 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Patrick

    People need to quit electing the same party to office in the same parts of the country. Illinois try electing an honest republican to office in areas where the democrats have been corrupt for years, people need to do the same thing in areas where Republican have had control for decades as well. Better yet elect a 3rd party to office or get rid of parties all together.

    December 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. To be taken more seriously

    Did you read the OBAMA-MUST-BE-BASHED-AT-ALL-COSTS posts on this blog? 'Must', 'Should', 'I guess' and others words that only make clear that they have NO PROOF against PE Barack Obama.
    But, honestly, did they ever needed one?
    YES the Chicago politics stinks, in the end of 1991 there was an editorial congratulating the city because there hasn't been ANY big indictment, scandal or acusation against any public officer (from the Executive or Legislative) that had happened that year. You read it right...
    And Obama came from there so he must (ooops, look at me using one of their favorite wordas...) not be a saint..., hey... he isn't!
    He's a politician. But so far NO PROOF was found that links him to this disgrace of a state government's latest scandal. Quite the contrary actually...
    So if you don't have any real, authentic and not self-made proof of any serious wrongdoing that the PEOTUS has done since he started his political career (the ties with Rezko doesn't count, the guy has ties with both Dems. and Reps. since forever) don't make a fool of yourself by using 'MUST', 'SHOULD', 'MAY BE', 'I GUESS'...

    December 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Jenny Wilder

    It is unbelievable to me that after this INSANE Governor has been arrested that he is still in the position to govern????? What kind of insane system do we have? If our Governor is corrupt why should we expect Corporate America/Wall Street not to be corrupt? We need to regroup immedidately to save our Country.

    December 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Bob

    They keep trying to drag Obama into mud. Sorry but it's not gonna work!

    I have given up with the media insulting my intelligence. Even legal intelligence......

    America, can you demand fair reporting........

    Isn't in this case Obama the victim of his senate legacy?

    December 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Tom


    I think we all know the phrase innoscent until proven guilty but if there are miles of tape implicating this guy I think we can move forward to remove him from office. How many cases do you recall where surveillance tape was discounted. Tape doesn't lie......ask OJ!

    December 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    In the old days, when such news even sullied or tainted the president's office by suggestion only, such measures were initiated until the Bush administration's time when anything possibly tainted the office, people may be promoted, just look at the Abramoff scandal alone. Obama is doing the right thing by suggesting the Illinois governor step down. Given the perks of high leaders such as the Illinois governor's office, these expectations of continued corruption should be quashed!

    December 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Brian

    Etheired the Unready- You stated the following:

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

    Let me ask you just one question....who is more likely to burn an American flag? A liberal or a conservative? Do you still wanna talk about whose unpatriotic??

    You are a hateful, ignorant hippie.

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. anonymous in Big D

    I am so amazed at the people that suck up every word the messiah utters! You would think he was preaching the sermon on the mount! Of course, Rev. Wright wouldn't even know how to do that in light of his condemnation of white people and the United States. Who, in his/her right mind, wouldn't call for the Governor's resignation in light of the pending charges? That's not rocket science, doesn't make NOBAMA exceptionally bright for calling that one, grow up people, and take a good look at yet another of NOBAMA's "friends" in corrupt Illinois government! He has a serious, long-standing pattern of aligning himself with corrupt people/politicians. For the life of me, I can't understand the blinders on the eyes of people and the blatant stupidity shining through! We are doomed for 4 years of this man's corrupt friends and WINTER, hopefully you are wrong about 8 years!!!

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Joe from Garland Tx.

    Yes... Change ... starts.. coming....

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Hmm

    What does Rev. Wright and Gov. Blago have in common ?

    ANSWER: Mr. Obama as a former friend.

    But don't worry, Blago. There's a Presidential Pardon in the work for you.

    The worst you can get is being O.J. Simpson's girlfriend in the slammer.

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. ohiojimmy

    this guy needs to go to prison,REAL prison with the murderers and rapists and drug dealers,,,no country club prison with golf courses and "don't step over the painted line or no cookie for you tonight",,,elected officials need to be held accountable for their crimes,,, that said,can we please stop trying to say one party is "more corrupt" than the other?that is why this stuff continues,because as long as a crooked dem or repub can get you looking at the other party he is free to do as he wants.there are crooks in BOTH parties and we need more people to root them out.BTW to all the gop writers,the gov was turned in by rahm emmanuel among others

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Matt

    Blago should be out, but do you think we are ever going hear the whole truth? What was Obama's involvement in this. Axelrod says Obama talked to Blago about the picks, then takes the statement back. Are we really to beleive one of his top advisors did not know who Obama was talking to? Come on, why can't he just be honest for once and tell the whole truth about something! The wire taps show Blago talked to the Obama people and couldn't leverage anything out of them. At the very least that says Obama's people knew what Blago was doing and did nothing about it! Come on!

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Veronica


    It wasn't rove who outed Plame, it was the democratic favorite Anthony Zinni. But you wouldn't know that because once your media found out it was Zinni and not Rove, they lost interest. But nice try.


    Huh? Frankie, I'm sure you have proof of this ...

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. globalgroove

    All you "connect the dots" people are hilarious. Actually, you're pitiful.

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    Blagojevich should immediately appoint Andy Martin for the senate seat and then resign.

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Chicago resident

    People are seriously going to attempt to smear Obama because Blagojevich is a corrupt idiot? Those doing that are clearly uneducated on Illinois politics, and need to stop finding such ridiculous reasons to justify their hate for Obama. Obama has NEVER been friendly with the Gov., and he sure as hell didn't help Obama win the election. Lisa Madigan and others have even discussed how Blagojevich was in little to no contact with many of them for at least the past year. We knew he was up to no good, but the extent of his wrongdoing has most of us shocked.

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. epicbaze2005

    It's amazing that you simply can't just fire this guy for misconduct.

    December 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Bill

    Better get Blago out of office before he talks too much.

    December 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Cheryl in Chicago

    Abe from Chicago, you are correct. The problem in our state is that the corruption is so deeply rooted in our political system that we can't find a clean candidate to run for office.

    December 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Joe Macbride

    Barack is not going to tolerate any shenanagans from anyone. I think this president will be tougher than many think. Bravo sir, your guts are appreciated Joe m.

    December 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Meh

    I highly doubt Barack has ANYthing to do w. this. Knock it off.

    December 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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