This is a photo I took yesterday during Rod Blagojevich's farewell press conference. The look on Patti's face says it all. Hard not to feel terrible for Patti and the kids.
What struck me most of all is the amount of time Rod spent schmoozing outside, shaking hands and giving autographs. All while the clock was ticking - the final hours- with his little girls and Patti.
I stood and talked with his attorney Lauren Kaeseberg who said who found yesterday very depressing and sad. She believes that Rod Blagojevich is a good man. Lauren, who revealed she is 7 months pregnant will be busy working on his appeal.
As we waited for Rod to show, we noticed a van parked on the side of the Blagojevich home. Some were speculating it housed TV cameras and that a crew was inside filming the Blagojevich family. Reality TV? Kaeseberg did confirm it was a crew that was hired privately. Not sure what that means but clearly they were filming.
Rod used the word "calamity" as he described what he and his family are going through. I thought it an odd choice of words- isn't a calamity when something strikes with no warning like a tornado?
Little Annie put her two cents in walking through the crowd about an hour before the press conference. Holding her dad's hand as they entered the house, she yelled at reporters "You said 5:00. Why can't you wait till 5?"
The Sun-Times reported today that Patti cooked spaghetti for dinner, using Blagojevich's late mother's recipe.
According to the Sun-Times Rod left as a momento two dolls that play recorded messages. And according to someone close to the family, one of the dolls has Blagojevich's voice saying, "Hi Annie, Daddy loves you."