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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blagojevich's People Props, Political Poetry and the Golden Rule

(Chicagoist / European Pressphoto Agency photo)

When Rod Blagojevich is removed from the Office of Governor
and before any federal trial, will he continue to have these
dramatic press conferences with props and poetry?

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he wants to fight, fight and fight until his very last breath.

There are some who believe this is a sign of delusional behavior and some who say these are the actions of someone who feels singled out while a whole state of corrupt officials does the same thing, but on Friday, he came prepared to respond to his impeachment with people props, political poetry and the "golden rule."


Blago calls them the people who have been helped by his actions, such as expansion of healthcare around the legislative process, who are proof that he should be considered a hero instead of proof of evidence of his abuse of power.

Some say these people used as props were no more than human shields, but the folks at Chicagoist had an interesting perspective on three of the people props:

Person 1:

(Chicagoist) This man is very angry. Whether it's because he was napping in his office (as we would have been) or because the Governor is just plain pissing him off is unclear. But what is clear is that he isn't having any of Blago's bull.

Blago started the press conference much later than scheduled, so maybe the guy was upset his car was going to get towed outside the Thompson Center since he couldn't afford to feed much to the meters thanks to Mayor Daley's dramatic parking rate increases?

Person 2 - In Wheelchair:

(Chicagoist) This man is terrified. Mostly because he is the first line of defense. There is nothing else between him and Blago. We would wet ourselves if we were that close to The Hair.

(OpenlineBlog) He does look scared, but he might have been worried Blago was going to name him and disclose his medical condition like Blago did with the guy with the kidney replacement during the press conference. By the way, are those running shoes the guy in the wheelchair is wearing?

Person 3 - The kid:

(Chicagoist) Clearly, Blago possesses powers beyond our comprehension. He appears to have used the Force, a la Darth Vader, to incapacitate this toddler. While she dreams of unicorns and gumdrops, Blago is free to go about his scheme.

(OpenlineBlog) Yes, we completely agree.


Blagojevich quoted a poem from Alfred Lord Tennyson during a press conference in Chicago on the same day he was the first Governor impeached by the Illinois House and on the birthday of Blagojevich's favorite politician, former President Richard Nixon.

"Though much is taken, much abides; and though

We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."


Blagojevich wasn't just satisfied with quoting a poem this time, but he also cited the "golden rule" during the press conference, which basically is to treat others the way you would want to be treated.


In case you think Blagorama will calm down next week, we note Blagojevich is technically scheduled to preside over the opening of the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, pursuant to law. The same Senate that will convene soon for his impeachment trial. Stay tuned...


Anonymous said...

"...the Governor is just plain pissing him off is unclear".

Have you now resorted to profanity for emphasis OpenlineBlog? What kind of professional journalism writing is this? Your blog has really gone to hell and there's no one to blame but you.

Anonymous said...

His hero, Nixon never went to jail. He won't be so lucky. He may leave the country once he is removed.

Anonymous said...

Way to rip off Chicagoist. How about trying to come up with some original material, openline?

Anonymous said...

What is that little one doing laying on that floor? How many people have walked on it and when was the last time it was cleaned? This really says it all for me about this self centered, ego orientated, pompass, power hungry and manipulative govenor!