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. Archduke Francis Ferdinand

    Well Blago my Eggo! "Rent Control" Rangel next?

    December 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. harsha

    Good move, Mr. President-elect. Good Bless the USA !!

    December 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |

    The messiah has spoken.

    December 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. harsha

    Good move, Mr. President-elect. God Bless the USA !!

    December 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Dan

    Blago is just a sad continuation of corrupt politicians who have occupied the Governor's Mansion in Springfield. Having been an Illinois resident for nearly 30 years before moving to Texas, I can remember other ethically challenged Illinois Governors like "Honest" Otto Kerner, Richard "Shoebox" Ogilvie and Dan Walker.

    As far as the Republican's desperate attempts to link Obama to Blago, fuhgetaboutit. Obama was just another person Blago was trying to shakedown for money and favors. That's the beginning and end of Obama's "involvement" in this sad affair.

    December 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Joe Hussein McCain

    And just who is bush tied to? the Oil Industry, the Housing Industry, the auto Industry, etcetcetcetc

    December 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. JAS

    Governor Sick-O, "PLEASE RESIGN." "Another one bites the dust."

    December 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. steve from somerset

    Let me get this straight.

    Governor Blagojevich knew he was under investigation. He had reason to believe that his telephone was bugged. Because they were federal investigators, he had no control over them.He also knew that the previous Governor is currently in jail. Yet he went ahead with all of these criminal activities.

    Blagojevich is more than merely a corrupt politician. He is somone totally divorced from reality.

    December 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Frank

    Also, does anyone find it interesting that Fitzgerald acted so quickly on the wiretaps? Blago certainly had many other Democratic hotshots swimming around his line. Some even took nibbles and at least one would have taken the bait. I find it interesting that the prosecutor wouldn't want to take down some other crooked politicians. There was no urgency to arrest Blago, it should have been played out to see if anyone took the bait. Maybe because the only players were democrats? Maybe because if they let it continue and several people took the bait, the US political system would be the laughingstock of the world. Maybe because it was getting too close to Obama? I don't know, but it certainly smells fishy, pun intended.

    December 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Hoyt

    Resign?! He should be thrown in prison! Why should he be given the respect of allowing him the opportunity, or CHOICE, to resign?! Do we owe him something? He is a thug and a crook, period. What is even more scary is what has he done that we don't know about? What kind of system allows such a man to get so far? How many more are there like him?!

    December 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Femi

    I find the behaviour of the Govornor very disheartening. I completely agree with Green that what was he thinking. I suggest his past be thouroughly investigated. His attitude and behaviour suggest that he is a guy that is used to doing illegal deals which he has been getting away with it. I support the President's Elect position and I think the conservatives will do themselves no good in trying to rubbish the image of the President Elect. It did not work during the election and what makes them think it will now

    December 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. ghettoforever

    What is a conspiracy? A conspiracy occurs when two or more people communicate with each other secretly to plan one or more actions to enable them to make a profit.

    Where is the beef? Where is the profit he made? Where is the property he received? Where is the new job for his wife? Are you people nuts? Other than a lot of silly talk, where is the crime? I believe the media and the attorney general jumped the gun. No one is reporting that this man received one thing from anyone. So far, this is a lot of BS talk. I cannot believe the responses to this. If I were on a jury trial for this issue, unless the government can PROVE he RECEIVED something, I would vote not guilty.


    December 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. mike

    Just add this guy to the long list of outstanding people the somehow are connected to Dear leader Obama. You can take the man out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of the man. Just wait its going to be a fun 4 years. I forgot it's all Bush's fault.

    December 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Jack from 7th Street

    I guarantee you, if Obama had anything to do with Blogo, the US Attorney would have named him also. What bigger feather in his cap than catching a president-elect? So please, let Obama get on with his transition, and address the grave problems we all face.

    December 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Belle

    Doesn't it bother anyone that Obama is untruthful, or is that to be expected?

    In the preface of his book, Audacity of Hope, he talks about his first run for State Senate...he says he was the losing candidate in a field of very stiff competition. Then he talks about knocking door to door, county to county until he covered the state. Yet, he had hired attorneys to kick every single competitor off the ballot so his name was the only one on it. He knew 4 months before the election he would be the only one.

    Then yesterday, he said he had never met with Governor Blagojevich about the senate seat. Yet, on Nov. 5 Carol Sowers of Connect tri State wrote an article about Obama meeting with Blagojevich that day about the Senate seat.

    Axelrod said on Nov. 20 that Obama and Blagojevich were in close contact.

    Then yesterday, Alxerod sent a press release saying he mis-spoke.

    Doesn't this bother anyone? Or is lying just the norm in politics? It is my personal opinion Obama and Axelrod are liars.

    December 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Rezko loves Obama

    Obama knew about this, yet said and did nothing. How do we know that Obama knew about this?? b/c blago is on tape yelling about Obama not playing ball. But Jesse Jr, was willing and wasn't he a national campaign figuer for BHO. The chances that everyone around Obama stinks but Obama is clean are low..very low.

    December 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Frank

    At least we all agree that Obama should distance himself from these types of people. The only disagreement that republicans and democrats have is as to timing. It would have been nice to distance himself from these types of people early in the relationship. It's a pattern that repeats, i.e. Wright, Ayers and Rezko.

    December 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. obama-mama

    Bhupendra: You write the way Sarah Palin speaks. Your post was painful to read. Pull out a dictionary maybe?

    December 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Shut up...Please!

    Some of you bloggers are so typical and predictable. Shame on you.

    December 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Peter

    I guess I should have known something like this would happen when I moved here. When I lived in Phoenix, another ignorant corrupt governor was impeached, Evan Meacham.

    Blagojevich is going to resign, he has no other choice, his political career is gone and I would not pay a nickel to have him be my lawyer should he decide to go into the private sector, his own father in law cannot stand the man. Patti deserves him; she is a crook and a cheat too.

    December 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. E.Z

    Well it's time to pack house up, get the kids and wife and off to canada we go. Peace out United Sufferers of Anarchy. This country is bound for 3rd world status.


    December 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Rob Johnson

    One of the more positive things about this whole unpleasant spectacle is that we have Blagojevich on tape saying that Obama and his people weren't willing to play his game of extortion and blackmail.

    It's good to know that even behind closed doors, Obama walks his talk and doesn't sink to that level.

    Way to take the high road, Mr. President Elect. How somebody as principled as Barack Obama ever emerged from the open sewer of Chicago politics is one of the great mysteries of our age.

    December 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. AJS

    I have come across some real idiots in my time, but this Blagojevich is very easily the biggest idiot I have ever heard seen. He is quite a few bricks short of a full load.

    If there was an Olympic game for idiots, he would win the Bronze, the Silver and the Gold. The man is INSANE. He has to be, there is no other explanation for this. He's been watching too many gangster movies. Somebody please, take not only his job away from him, but get his TV too.

    December 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. BO is just B.O.

    We thought the Clinton's were untouchable and ruthless.
    Welcome to the next 4 years that take untouchable and ruthlessness to a new level. At least not everyone blindly followed the Clintons.

    December 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    Yes He should step down! And dont worry Obama is clean, yes right wing nuts obama has had Interactions and conversations with him he is the Gov of IL And Obama was the us senator of IL, As well as he lives there that does not mean President Elect is guilty of anything only living in IL so cram your blame game!

    December 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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