Gov. Blagojevich leaves his home through a back alley Dec. 10.
(John H. White/Chicago Sun-Times)
From the mouth of Blagojevich:
The Governor Speaks Dec 10, 2008 "Whether you tape me privately or publicly, I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful and the things I'm interested in are always lawful." On an another call he told "adviser A": "I've got this thing and it's [expletive] golden and, uh, uh, I'm not just giving it up for nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there." After quoting from the Rudyard Kipling poem "If", Mr Blagojevich said: "There are some powerful forces arrayed against me. It's kind of lonely right now." "But I have on my side the most powerful ally there is, and it's the truth." "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath," Blagojevich said in a Dec. 19 press conference in Chicago -- his first public statement since his arrest. "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. (Expletive) them," Blagojevich told Harris in an intercepted call Nov. 11. "I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself," the governor allegedly said of filling the US Senate seat, speaking with a person...
Rod Blagojevich is "a lovely guy," according to defense attorney Sam Adam Sr. Apparently he isn't the only one with that assessment. Adam says that Blago's fellow prisoners "just adore him."
So what does the Bureau of Prisons have him doing?
"They've got him working in the kitchen peeling potatoes just like I did in the Army! They've given him a lot of time to run and exercise. He’s settled in now, which knowing the Bureau of Prisons, they’ll probably transfer him!"
Adam Sr. predicts Blago's 14-year sentence will be reduced and Sam Adam Jr. predicts Blago’s conviction will be reversed.
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."