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. COLT_223 in IL

    Think about this: According to the affidavit, this behavior of Blagojovich and company has allegedly been going on since day 1. Before that... remember Ryan? He's in prison right now for corruption. We here in downstate Illinois are constantly forced to live under the goverment that Chicago selects for us, and it has been nothing but corruption for decades. Now do you think for a second, that this Chicago political machine would have allowed a "clean-cut, honest guy" (if that's what Obama is) to rise as quickly as he did, if at all, if he wasn't a player? think about it, if you and your "organization" were commiting all these crimes, would you allow an "outsider" in on it? Absolutely not – he'd get you busted in a heartbeat. I'm just speculating, but I can't help but think that anyone that rose to this level of power within a govenment as chocked-full of crime and corruption as Illinois, would almost had to have been a "player" himself. I live in Illinois and I had never even heard of Obama until a few years ago. I hope it's not true, and if it is I think it will be "rationalized away", swept under the rug, because I believe that if they take the presidency away from him this country will be one giagantic riot from coast to coast.

    December 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. will

    Is there really anything to say out side of, "politic as usual"?

    December 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. ken

    Bhupendra December 10th, 2008 1:40 pm ET

    Mr Newly elected "To-Be" President – Let the lawmakers decide. YOu are not a president (jan20) not a senator. So just keep quite. This is one of you chicago ploitics friend. YOu can not wash hands from scandal. God know how many more is on way when your army of corrup people run over the white house. This is what I and 48 millions afraid of. Your team and friend circle are exposed.
    sorry but that sounds like a bitter looser...I don't know who you refer by "we"

    I hope you tell us what you think is going to happen instead of this sheet!

    December 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. ck

    Not even in office yet and a scandal emerges...

    LOL... oh yeah, there's your change!



    December 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Nicholas, Nigeria

    Well its a bad news for Obama so it is for the Americans considering the high profile nature of this seat. However, it is important for the American people to stop pointing fingers to Obama until FBI investigation proves his involvement. Don’t condemn the man.

    In Nigeria we say that if a man calls his property dirt can, his neighbors will use it to park dirt. Call your P. E a good name and the world will respect him. Call him a bad name and the world will disrespect him.


    December 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. MikeH

    Frank's a liar. Ignore him.

    December 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. big papa

    Let's see here...

    No film of money changing hands...

    ...No direct quid pro quo deal...

    ...just the rantings of a megalomaniac...

    ...and the right wing racist Obama-hating confederates on this board...

    ...have Obama guilty of corruption...

    No wonder Repulsivepublicans/conservatives are going to be extinct...

    December 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Vanessa

    Why ever would we be surprised when 98% of what goes on in politics is dirty and underhanded? How many elected officials made promises to get elected? How many appoint their cronies to big time jobs?

    This idiot didn't ivent it, he was just not smooth enough to not get caught.

    Obama and everyone else are right to call for his ouster.

    December 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Nick

    If in an office someone does something stupid, then we should all get fired or blamed of it........Not! Stop insulting our intelligence.........
    Some of you need to do some law!

    December 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. NY republican

    Winter – this is a "no-brainer" even Bush could have gotten this one right. I'll wait for the tough calls before I shout praises from the mountain top.

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. bertha doucet

    obama really got some nerves, telling the illinois gov to resign,all the croocked thing he did ,he should have resigned from been the president!!!! Houston Tex

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. brain

    Why are they taping him in the first place?

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Marissa

    I live in Illinois and I think Blago should resign. Obama was our last decent politician and Illinois lost him to the rest of the country. It is worth it because now Obama can do good for the whole nation, not just Illinois.

    Meanwhile, we need to hose down our crooked politicians and lock them all away.

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Rick

    And if you believe that Obama didn't at least have knowledge of these corrupt activities, if not fully involved, then you're a fool. This is Chicago politics at it's finest and it's a team sport.

    Between this and Rezko coming up, Obama will be lucky to make it to inauguration day without being indicted.

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Chris

    ALL politicians of ALL parties need to have term limits and should be "regulated" by ethics teams.

    Lobbyists donating $$ is just as bad as what Blagojevich did. Think this is "only" Democrats? Pls see Sen. Stevens and Gov. Palin (it's all parties)

    December 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Sean

    Dear Mr. president elect, You're better to come clean yourself before lecturing others. It is very obvious that your hand is not clean. I give you credits for knowing how to get away from it.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Shrimp Barnicles, NJ

    Republicans are still waiting for Obama to make his first mistake but he keeps getting it right. It's more than ridiculous to try to tie Obama to this scandal.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Once you vote Black

    Obama may have talked with him but not about this. The truth will come out. The feds have the tapes. GOP should react to news, not react to what they think news will be. It does not work in the stock mareket, and it does not work in politics. But if you think Obama always lies then you probable are not open to the truth anyway or you just create your own truth.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Bobby Wilson

    I think Obama's campaign has been involved in Obama's replacement selection. Maybe even Obama. I don't know to what extent. They are involved, Rhalm and Axelrod, because that is what politicians do, especially Chicago politicians. Politicians are also bad to lie too.
    Most times the lies are worse than the deed,

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    Great. Now it's time for Obama to go and do what he was elected for.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. vick

    And the idiots start linking Obama to this? I can not help but think how many Obama haters are sore looser!!!

    The media need to start reporting news, not making news!

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Look you repub morons, a lot of good republican senators rubbed elbows with the likes of Larry Craig and that lunatic from somewhere down south, that was after the young senate pages. How about old Ted Stevens from Alaska. It was probably a Democrat that turned this evil person in, Some say it was Rahm Emanuel, and if he did good for him.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Nancy

    Unbelievable: "He feels he didn't do anything wrong," Blagojevich's attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, told reporters Tuesday night. "He hopes the people of Illinois have faith in him because he will be vindicated."

    Why doesn't anyone ever just own up to their mistakes? What a weak, pathetic man.

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Dino

    Shame on you, Chicago!!

    ...and, the Cubs suck!

    December 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Dave

    This is what happens when the legislatures rejected a recall measure, and Blago's 2006 opponent was the dragon-lady...

    I voted for myself (write-in candidate option). Lets hope he resigns and does the state a favor.

    December 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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