December 30th, 2008
05:41 PM ET
14 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)
  1. GET OVER IT!!!

    To John and all of the other right wing nut jobs like you: Years ago, it was perfectly acceptable to call a grown man of African heritage a "boy". While most of this Nation has moved beyond those rediculous policies, it is obvious that you have not. How sad for you. You have my pity. Barack Obama IS the duly elected 44th President of the United States. GET OVER IT. Your pathetic allegiance to these baseless accusations just proves how ignorant and out of touch you and the rest of your Palin-loving, gun-toting, pseudo neo-con friends are. While I know this is extremely difficult for you to accept, President Elect Obama is smarter than you. And more than 68 million people agree with me.

    December 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. yellow dog democrat

    It well "all come out in the wash" as they say in o'le timers magazine.

    December 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. jaye

    Give 'em ell Obama!
    WHY isn't Governor Blojo in jail???????? Probably the same reason Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens isn't.
    WHY do these crooks continue to be in government offices? Washington needs to grow a set of gonads and oust these crooks and liars and thieves.

    December 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. DC Insider

    Obama, it may be disappointing but it is the LAW. The Governor did what he is required to do by law - You of all people should know better. The Governor is the ONLY person authorized to appoint a replacement, and he is OBLIGATED to do so. Mr Obama you are already showing signs of playing along with Pelosi and Reid - so much for change. You are just more of the same

    December 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Mike Payton

    I don't understand why Mr. Burris took this position at this time. He may very well become a great senator but by accepting this appointment he is going to overshadow anything he may do in the Senate. I do believe Blagojevich deserves a fair trial like anyone else but I don't think he should have made this appointment until and/or if he's acquitted.

    December 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Brenda C

    Mr. Obama remember only one governor at a time. You can have your say Jan 20. What you say means nothing to Gov Rod. Just keep using your same old excuse when you don't know what to say or how to really solve a problem "only one man in charge at a time". Gov Rod has not been removed yet.

    December 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. james in s.c.

    i agree with Obama statement about Blago appointed Burris, even the Lt. Governor is appalled of Blago did. i've heard the illinois SoS is not going to approve this and like wise the state attorney. this seat is going to stay empty till febuary thats when likely Blago will be impeached.

    December 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Again, I will point out that there is no constitutional grounds for denying the Governor the right to appoint the new Senator. The Senate can waste precious time by blocking the appointment if they want but the Governor has not been convicted and can simply appoint another.

    Do our leaders – all parties – have time to waste with the mess they have inherited from the incompetent Bush administration? They should seat the Senator unless they have a valid complaint about him and get busy with the nation's business.

    Senators and Congressmen: Get off your high horses and get to work!

    December 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. ana

    Obamas own report cleared Gov. Blog from any wrongdoing, so was the report wrong or what?

    Besides why are we punishing Mr. Burris for the alleged acts of Gov Blog?

    Maybe Obama is upset because he is not getting the Senator he requested.

    The more we find out about Chicago politics the dirtier Obama and his team look.

    December 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Greg, NH

    obama has another problem on his hand. I think his inexperience will show up despite team of expert advisers. Obama is making a history here. In case of Chicago politics, Barack grew up there and he is linked with all of them although he is trying to wash his hands.

    December 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. John

    Hey there GET OVER IT...I am sorry that the constitutional requirements for becoming president are no big deal to you. I am sure that he will follow the rules from now on. I mean, just because someone lies to get into office illegally isn't a reason to mistrust him. As to 68 million people voting for the rock star...well, they might have voted for Jerry Seinfeld or Terrell Owens or whoever else the liberal media chose to anoint this year. So what? Constitution first baby...which makes your usurper a fraud!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Ernie in LA

    The man can not get elected. This is his only chance to be a Senator. I would take it too.

    December 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    james in s.c. -– December 30th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

    ......even the Lt. Governor is appalled of Blago did. i've heard the illinois SoS is not going to approve this and like wise the state attorney........

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ flash, James: the approval of the Illinois SoS and/or the Attorney General is not....repeat....NOT.....required.

    Plain and simple......end of discussion.

    December 30, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. @John

    How about shutting up? You wouldn't happen to be the sore loser John McSame would you? I hear your lobbyist romancer is looking for you.

    December 31, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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