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. K

    Yeah, Obama, get him out of there before he spills the goods on you too!

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

    Hey you Republicans, instead of trying to twist every single thing Obama does into some sort of proof he is evil, why don't you say what he could do right? My guess is that he could do everything you every wanted and you would STILL call him evil.

    He is condemning the governor's actions, as he should. He waited to hear the details instead of condemning at teh first rumor. You may not regognize these actions as they are those of someone with intelligence and understanding of the law, something that hasn't been in the WHite House for 8 years.

    December 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Rockford

    Well Rod... looks like Obama is leaving you out to dry...

    Time to spill ALL the beans you have... nail the entire Chicago Machine... why not... no loyalty.

    You and Rezko both... WHY GO DOWN ALONE

    December 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. A Patel

    P E Obama right to say right time right thing His resignation.

    December 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Binky

    And BHO, along with him. Isn't it odd that BHO has so many "peculiar" connections that he continually denies?

    Where there is smoke, there is fire.

    December 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. bj

    Who cares what Obama thinks. He currently is in no position at all.
    He has resigned from the senate and is not yet president, so why doesn't he try to keep his mouth shut for a change.

    December 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Chicago resident

    Also – Obama HAD to issue a comment. He was the fricken' Senator. Republicans really expected him to stay silent? As soon as the news broke about Blago trying to sell his seat, he obviously was being hounded for a response, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in Illinois who doesn't believe the Gov. should resign.

    December 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. canuck

    I wonder who illinois will elect next for govenor? probably somebody corrupt from chicago. you pick the party.

    December 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. MLH

    I missed the trial – was he proven guilty? We have constitutional rights in this country, and they belong to all of us or they are guaranteed to none of us.

    December 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Carrie

    Rod Blagojevich is a fool. Power really does corrupt.

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. bernj

    Chicago GOP December 10th, 2008 1:32 pm ET

    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!

    It seems to me that you are guilty of the sin of which you complain my friend.

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    And Juan from 1:39, didn't a Bush appointee (that means,Bush had to actively send his name in for the appointment) recently get convicted or indicted over something pretty serious?
    Was Scooty Libby part of the administration, via the office of the VP, Dick Cheney?
    What about the Housing Sec'y who was removed from office for allegeldy "selling" access and other things?

    Conversely, you have nothing yet from Team Obama. If you say he's the gov of the same party, I see that. But then am I responsible for the fact that a neighbor has sex with underage teens and goes to jail?
    You can tell he and Obama don't exactly get chummy. So, to suggest that the next 4 years will be fun is flat out misleading.

    And Buphendra from 1:40, 63 million. Scoreboard it ch. Tie it together and u'll get the point.
    As for the matter at hand, totally right to call for his resignation.

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Binky

    And BHO, along with him. Isn't it odd that BHO has so MANY peculiar alliances that he continually denies?

    Where there is smoke, there is fire.

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. SC Dallas

    The Illinois lawmakers might as well put in place a special provision to elect a new governor at the same time as Obama's senate seat, kill 2 birds with one stone. Of course that'd be too efficient, can't have the government being productive and actually doing things that make sense now can we!

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Cristine C.

    Right wingers: Barack has about as much connected to Blagojevich as your trophy girl Palin has to Ted Stevens. I know you'd just LOOOOVE to think that Barack is involved, but he's not. Try and check your facts instead of just regurgitating what Sean Hannity told you to think.

    December 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. geecee827

    It's called politics people. Ever hear of politics? It controls every move that elected people make. Very difficult to avoid the good or bad politicians if you are one of them; and in addition if they happen to be Governor of your state. Obama was and is too smart to have gotten involved too closely with this guy. Sure he had to work with him on some level as the man was Governor of Illinois and Obama was a Senator. But I don't think they were cozy, so to speak. How the Gov. could have been so stupid to think he could sell Obama's Senate seat and not get caught at it is just unbelievable. I also feel sorry for the person who tried to "buy" it, by the way, if there is such a person. His life is ruined also.

    December 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Darrell E


    You say there is no Republican media? Sure there is, it's called FOX. O'Reilly, Hannity, Rove, Gretchen and others. CNN is the only true FAIR AND BALANCED media I've seen with the exception of BBC World News.

    December 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Cindy

    So this is the dirty politics that Chicago is known for? Time to clean up, Chicago!

    I don't think it's all Chicago politicians, but surely the bad ones taint the good ones as well. It's a wonder that a President was able to rise out of the dirty muck... I still truly believe he's one of the good ones.

    December 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Here we go...

    This is about the Gov Blag not Obama. To date Obama has not been charged with anything with substantiating evidence nor indicted on anything. Apparently, the only thing he has done wrong so far in the eyes of the public was to be born Black and to choose to be a Democrat.

    December 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Christine

    I live in the most corrupt little city in America- here in CT., USA. Three of our past four mayors have been prison- all Republican (oops). One is still under house arrest, trying to avoid another prison term, another is serving three consecutive life terms and suing our city for his pension and salary. Here in "Corrupt-a-bury" we're used to this, and the disappointment of feeling trapped under corruption and greed. I'm hoping that the new federal adminstration will help all of our communities dig out from politics as usual and reform!
    Maybe I'll run for mayor.....?

    December 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Noah

    You Liberals just don't get it. None of us Conservatives are hoping Obama is involved. We are not hoping for his demise. But what we are seeing here is the exact pattern that we tried to tell YOU in the election cycle. Obama is a product of a broken Chicago/Illinois-style political machine where this behavior is the norm. Obama helped get this guy elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Back in 2006 he could very well have backed another Democrat for governor knowing that this guy never followed through on the reform he promised back in 2002. Instead, Obama backed the incmbent who, by then, was well known to be anything BUT a reformer.

    December 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Rochelle wrote:
    "Rochelle December 10th, 2008 1:37 pm ET

    I agree with President-Elect Obama. This slug should resign ASAP! He is a discredit to his race (Serbian).."

    Yeah, I think Milosevic, Karadzic, Mladic (need I go on?) beat him to that.

    December 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. bcurl

    Party does not matter crime is crime. I think of all of the stupid criminal politicians, the caught and the uncaught, Blago, W. Bush, Rove, R. Nixon, Ted Stevens,Gingrich, I had beter stop becaue the repubs are winning.

    December 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. DavidinCA

    It looks like Barack is having to back away from his endorsement of the young, up and coming Democrat. Too bad he got caught! That kinda makes Obama look bad in a way, huh?

    Keep watching. This will prove to stay interesting over the next 4 years.

    December 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Marc

    I'm ashamed that I voted for Obama. The election was barely a month ago and he's dealing with a scandal! At least with McCain, we knew where we stood. I admit I, nor the media, vetter him enough. Ridiculous to think then Sen. Obama had no dealings with the Governor. America, wake up!

    December 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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