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Two elevator rides within a week with Blago

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Earlier this morning, the media was stationed outside the front of the federal courthouse. Blagojevich emerged from the Dunkin Donuts across the street with a broad smile on his face.
Deputy U.S. Marshals crossed the street to meet him over there.
Then the media horde followed. A Pace bus hit its brakes as media scattered across the street.
Blagojevich crossed the street with the crush of people, who were walking backwards. A microphone dropped. The ex-governor crouched down to pick it up. "Whose is this?"
"Thanks governor," the reporter said. "alright," he responded.
Once inside the elevator, Blagojevich apologized to the deputy marshals for drawing the horde. They told him it wasn't his fault. The two deputies said they were going to start bringing the ex-governor into the building through another location because of all the media craziness.
"But then they come to my home," Blago said.
At one point, someone from the public handed Blagojevich a Tiffany bag with a box in it. "I hope that's not ticking," security told Blagojevich, who assured them it had gone through a security scan.
Blagojevich's lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky, told chief deputy U.S. Marshal John O'Malley that the ex-governor should have hired him as his chief of security or chief of staff. O'Malley looked surprised, and said something to the effect of: "Nah, that's a different John." Blagojevich's former chief of staff is John Harris. He's cooperating in the investigation. On his way down the hallway, Blagojevich stopped to shake hands and talk in Spanish to people sitting in the hallway waiting. Looking serious and sympathetic, he said: "buena suerte," (good luck). It turned out they were there for a swearing-in citizenship ceremony.

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