January 7th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Source: Obama and Reid spoke about Burris

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke about the Roland Burris situation Monday, according to a source familiar with the conversation. "They agreed on the need for an amicable resolution to this situation, in order to give the people of Illinois full representation," said the source, who did not wish to be named because the conversation was private.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. just dallas

    mari, the law or the constitution does not support your notion that the governor lost his right to carry out his duties. it was pure politically wishful thinking that statements of opinions would sway the governor from making the appointment. as far as i'm concerned either get him out of office or you take what he dishes out and he clearly said bleep you here's my chose for the senate now deal with it.

    January 7, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. tgmnite

    O should have kept his mouth shut from the beginning, because this was not an issues he needed to comment on.

    January 7, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    PE Obama might want to check out what's going with Eric Holder as it looks like the Senate Repubs are picking on him. Why is that, is he the weak link, the one designate that wouldn't put up much of a fight? Something is rotten in Denmark folks.

    We're not hearing much ado about the other designatees being confirmed. What's the deal with Eric Holder, why do they dislike him?

    January 7, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. lol inhell

    OMFG! Please stop with the crap!!!~
    Burris was rightfully appointed as the Senator
    Blago has NOT been IMPEACHED
    Blago has NOT been put in Jail
    Blago is doing EXACTLY what every other Senator and House member has done in their time in office, the only difference is that he was stupid enough to get caught!
    Being stupid is not a good enough argument to be thrown out of office, otherwise, we would have thrown bush and dick out many many years ago along with every senator and house member!

    January 7, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Melissa

    Jenny.. seriously... you know better than that. If Obama had wanted him in, he would have been in. Its really as simple as that. There wouldn't have been the argument there's been.

    I find this pretty despicable. The people of Illinois need an honest corruption free Senator, not one appointed by another corrupt Senator.

    There should have been an election.

    January 7, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Wake UP America

    Dems with no backbone to stand by their word... Flip-flop PE we have. Let's pull the race card and say we'll sue for discrimination and that will get them to let me in. Oh, yeah, it worked.


    January 7, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. lol

    racist harry reid should seat mr. burris. why is it that reid is on tape with blago dissing the other 2 african american candidates? mr. burris is caught in the crossfire of the corrupt political machine in chicago. legally this man should be the next senator. burris is qualified, and has a lifetime resume of serving the public!

    January 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. No Hillary = No Obama

    What a bunch of crap.

    January 7, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. 911willie

    Blago will win this one. Burris will be sworn in within a month. In fact he may be in the Senate after the dolt Harry Reid is voted out of office...

    January 7, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    @ Willy Brown.....The word is scene, genius.

    Every time you open your mouth you weaken the nation.

    January 7, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Carl Justus

    They should come to terms with the law, which says the governor has the not only the authority, but must appoint a person for senator when a vacancy occurs.
    Get used to the fact if Burris wants the seat he will get it one way or the other.
    This should tell people powerful people to keep their mouths shut until they know what they are talking about.

    January 7, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. ga.

    why should it take a month to seat this guy, if white signs the certificate, then go ahead and seat him and get this over with, it's getting more rediculous everyday.

    January 7, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. BlkLawyer

    President-Elect Obama opposed Burris being seated in the US Senate. Then the political winds changed after the dramatic, disgraceful blocking of the door when Burris tried to take his seat and now Obama supports Burris.

    Presto-change-Obama...the flip flopping doublespeak continues. Obama was against Burris before he was for him...against the old politics of the Clintons before he staffed his entire White House Administration with them. Obama's phony exterior no longer conceals what is nothing more than a political opportunist run wild.

    January 7, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Melinda

    I've lost all confidence in our state – if Burris ends up appointed – I for one will never vote for another democrat in the great state of dumb and dumber............................

    January 7, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. IL voter

    Melissa, Roland Burris has not been accused of any corruption. I sincerely doubt that Blagojevich would have appointed him if he (Burris) had been involved in a "pay to play" scheme. He is too busy trying to disprove the charges against him to open himself up to further charges. As for an election...well, it would have been nice, but I don't believe the people of Illinois should have to pay for it. Burris will serve us well. I'm okay with him representing my state, even if Blago is impeached (and most Illinois residents have been wanting to see THAT happen for a LONG time). It's unfortunate that he had to be appointed by such a sleaze, but his appointment is completely legal.

    January 7, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Larry

    Transparency ????Why would someone with Obama not want to be identified,his campaign promise was transparency-this is more like secret service--CHANGE, I don't think so.

    January 7, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. Irritated in Fl

    Obama is already working his chicago politics magic. Are we really going to stand for this?

    January 7, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Chris in Va. Welcome to the Proud American School of Debate, where those who can't make logical arguments just call people idiot. Proud American is so proud of you.

    January 7, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. canuck

    these guys are gutless. what else did you expect?

    January 7, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. tk in IL

    OK folks, those of us here in Il all saw the original press announcement by Blagojevich appointing Burris to the post. Not more than 10 seconds into the announcement the race card got played and NOT by Blago, but rather by Burris and his buddies. So, all of you trying to make this about everyone ELSE making this about race, please check your facts and see who actually started that nonsense.

    Obama was against this, and now flips as does his pals....what a surprise. Something smells in the Senate and it's not the sewer.

    January 7, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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