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Tom Balanoff: Obama called day before election about Jarrett appointment

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Top union leader Thomas Balanoff said he was at dinner the night before the November Presidential election when he got a call that was blocked.
So he didn't take it.

Later he listened to his messages: "I walked outside, listened to it and it was from President Obama," Balanoff said.

"Tom, this is Barack, give me a call," the soon-to-be President-Elect said on the message.

After Balanoff sent word through an Obama aide to call him back, Obama returned his call later that night.

"Tom, i want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat," Obama told him.
Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.
Obama said he wasn't publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill.
"I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria," Balanoff said Obama told him. "I said: 'thank you, I'm going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich."

Balanoff then described a Nov. 6, 2008 meeting he had with Rod Blagojevich to recommend Valerie Jarrett for Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Blagojevich responded that he was in "active discussions" with the Madigans about appointing Lisa Madigan and was holding out for a legislative package with the House speaker.

"I said that could be months. He said, 'Yeah'. I said Valerie Jarrett, I don't believe she has that kind of time," Balanoff testified.

Blago then turned the conversation to a cabinet position, Balanoff said.

"He said, 'You know, I love being governor, but my real passion is health care,'" and then he asked about the Health and Human Services cabinet post.

"I told him that's not going to happen," Balanoff said. "He said, "Is that because of all the investigations around me?"

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Let's see, hmmm ...

After Balanoff sent word through an Obama aide to call him back, Obama returned his call later that night.
"Tom, i want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat," Obama told him.
Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.

Obama said he wasn't publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill. "I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria," Balanoff said Obama told him. "I said: 'thank you, I'm going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich."


Sounds like presidential code for --- GET JARRETT THE SEAT
Is this illegal. Well a president is interfering with an election/selection, and lied about it ... sounds like it to me.

But more importantly are the directives coming from Obama to the DOJ regarding the failure to prosecute Black Panthers who obviously engaged in voter intimidation (physical intimidation, no less) during the presidential election of 2008. Such lack of action to prosecute election fraud sends a strong message come Nov 2010: allegations of election fraud will not be pursued and prosecuted if those violators are of a certain dark color. Ultimately, this is what the Republicans will hone in on and the subpoenas will be flying once they regain control of Congress. They are just licking their chops to do so.

I love how he was holding out to appoint Lisa Madigan in exchange for a legislative package from Mikey Madigan. Typical Illinois legislative horse trading. You give my daughter a seat in Congress, I give you a bunch of legislative malarkey. And we elect these corrupt people? The Madigans are as power hungry as they come, and Blagojevich is as dumb an empty $5000 suit as I've ever seen.

I must commend you for touching something most won't.

HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED... IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR NIXON, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS PIECE OF CRAP.

Reilly - I truly hope that your wish does not come true. In my opinion, Ronald Reagan was incompetent and was not an objective watchdog in protecting the citizenry from abusive government. From day-one, Ronald Reagan concentrated on only one segment of the population and that was the extreme right wing. America's make-up is more than the extreme right-wing! And, since he catered only to them, he was abusive to every other American who he was elected to protect. Actually, Ronald Reagan laid the foundation in getting this country to where it is today.

Obama is corrupt as they come. Proof of illegal activity or not in this, it fits a trend of offering positions/favors within government for votes on legislation, and/or the political influencing of elections in various states far and above the normal stumping for candidates. Bottom line at minimum, it is unethical and not transparent as promised... some change 'eh?
What's very telling in all this, is Obama's using of "Unions" like SEIU to do his dirty work while attempting to maintain some form of "plausible deniability," and does it poorly I might add. He continues to do that to this today, and I find that sickening, and an obvious conflict of interest within the office of the President.

Mobsters hiding their activity from the police.

Politicians hiding their activity from the voters.

We sincerely need a political Eliot Ness! America cannot survive Obama and his "crew".

It's truly amazing to see liberals spinning like tops to defend this loser of a president. I wish just one of you morons could explain what this guy is doing right. Let's see. Stimulus? Didn't work. Jobs? Not coming any time soon. Oil spill? Obama played golf. Spending? Out of control and unsustainable. Deficit? Tripled what Bush left behind. War on terror? Obama spent years denigrating the military. Now he needs them. Health Care Bill? Great job Barry. Over half the country is for complete repeal of the bill. But I know......everything is Bush's fault. We'll see you guys in November. Bye bye Obama agenda forever.

It's time we started talking about the "I" word. (impeachment) Why wait for a grand jury to tell the American sheeple that they were had when they voted for this Marxist fraud. And, in light of the last presidential election, here's a question that will have to be asked and answered soon; are the American people mentally capable of having the power of the vote? If the last 3 presidents are any indication, they cleary are not!

By Spawnomite on June 29, 2010 5:17 PM
Obama won.
You self-righteous racist conservative Republitards can't get over that fact and will do anything to try to tarnish the image of the Great Barak Hussein Obama.
Shame on you.
America as we know it needs to change.

Spawnomite just turned twelve.

Want to get an idea of just who Barry Soetoro, aka: Barack Hussein Obama REALLY is?

GOOGLE: "The Sworn Affidavit Of Bishop Ron McRae" and read it. Especially note the part that mentions how MUSLIMS (which "O" is, make no mistake) do NOT have to give up the beliefs or faith to be members of Jeremiah Wright's "Christian church" in Chicago, which "O" belonged to for 20 years.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT an American citizen.
Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his kindergarten records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Punahou school records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Occidental College records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia University records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia thesis.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his his Harvard Law School records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Harvard Law Review articles.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his passport.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his medical records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Illinois State Bar Association records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his baptism records, and his adoption records.

Just imagine is he were a Republican, what the media would have put him through.

Better wake up America. You're witinessing the Communist takeover of your country right before your eyes.

www.zazzle.com/mrunpc*
(Anti-Obama/Democrat/Liberal stickers, etc.)

Want to get an idea of just who Barry Soetoro, aka: Barack Hussein Obama REALLY is?

GOOGLE: "The Sworn Affidavit Of Bishop Ron McRae" and read it. Especially note the part that mentions how MUSLIMS (which "O" is, make no mistake) do NOT have to give up the beliefs or faith to be members of Jeremiah Wright's "Christian church" in Chicago, which "O" belonged to for 20 years.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT an American citizen.
Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his kindergarten records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Punahou school records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Occidental College records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia University records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia thesis.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his his Harvard Law School records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Harvard Law Review articles.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his passport.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his medical records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Illinois State Bar Association records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his baptism records, and his adoption records.

Just imagine is he were a Republican, what the media would have put him through.

Better wake up America. You're witinessing the Communist takeover of your country right before your eyes.

www.zazzle.com/mrunpc*
(Anti-Obama/Democrat/Liberal stickers, etc.)

Want to get an idea of just who Barry Soetoro, aka: Barack Hussein Obama REALLY is?

GOOGLE: "The Sworn Affidavit Of Bishop Ron McRae" and read it. Especially note the part that mentions how MUSLIMS (which "O" is, make no mistake) do NOT have to give up the beliefs or faith to be members of Jeremiah Wright's "Christian church" in Chicago, which "O" belonged to for 20 years.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT an American citizen.
Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his kindergarten records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Punahou school records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Occidental College records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia University records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia thesis.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his his Harvard Law School records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Harvard Law Review articles.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his passport.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his medical records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Illinois State Bar Association records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his baptism records, and his adoption records.

Just imagine is he were a Republican, what the media would have put him through.

Better wake up America. You're witinessing the Communist takeover of your country right before your eyes.

www.zazzle.com/mrunpc*
(Anti-Obama/Democrat/Liberal stickers, etc.)

Want to get an idea of just who Barry Soetoro, aka: Barack Hussein Obama REALLY is?

GOOGLE: "The Sworn Affidavit Of Bishop Ron McRae" and read it. Especially note the part that mentions how MUSLIMS (which "O" is, make no mistake) do NOT have to give up the beliefs or faith to be members of Jeremiah Wright's "Christian church" in Chicago, which "O" belonged to for 20 years.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT an American citizen.
Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his kindergarten records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Punahou school records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Occidental College records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia University records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia thesis.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his his Harvard Law School records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Harvard Law Review articles.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his passport.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his medical records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Illinois State Bar Association records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his baptism records, and his adoption records.

Just imagine is he were a Republican, what the media would have put him through.

Better wake up America. You're witinessing the Communist takeover of your country right before your eyes.

www.zazzle.com/mrunpc*
(Anti-Obama/Democrat/Liberal stickers, etc.)

Want to get an idea of just who Barry Soetoro, aka: Barack Hussein Obama REALLY is?

GOOGLE: "The Sworn Affidavit Of Bishop Ron McRae" and read it. Especially note the part that mentions how MUSLIMS (which "O" is, make no mistake) do NOT have to give up the beliefs or faith to be members of Jeremiah Wright's "Christian church" in Chicago, which "O" belonged to for 20 years.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT an American citizen.
Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his kindergarten records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Punahou school records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Occidental College records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia University records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Columbia thesis.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his his Harvard Law School records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Harvard Law Review articles.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his passport.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his medical records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his Illinois State Bar Association records.
Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER released his baptism records, and his adoption records.

Just imagine is he were a Republican, what the media would have put him through.

Better wake up America. You're witinessing the Communist takeover of your country right before your eyes.

www.zazzle.com/mrunpc*
(Anti-Obama/Democrat/Liberal stickers, etc.)

Stupidity is a disease and the majority of you suffer from it. If actually read the article then you'd realize that nothing illegal occured. In addition was there and audio recording of the conversation I believe not so everything could very well be a fabrication.

I love how all of you wanna impeach Obama for I don't even know really. Oh yes I do for the terrible economy that all so suddenly appeared when he came into office. I mean Its not we haven't been in a recession for the past 8 years. I mean really in the the year and a half he single handedly managed to destroy this everything about this nation while effectively doing so little, because he's that good.

I don't remember you all wanting to impeach Bush when it was proven that he lied about the WMDs in Iraq. When we were fighting wars we had no part of or couldn't afford and resulted in a financial burden that we are still carrying today.

But thats the stupidity that makes Americans so well known all over the world. The capicity to only look into the here and now. Unable to look towards the future or past. If we merely switch to a conservative well find ourselves in a similar dilema, however roles will be reversed. Liberals will be saying impeach and conservatives will defend every action.

Nothing ever changing cause the very system everything is built upon sucks. No matter who you vote its gonna end up the same shit different person. But thank you if you openned your eyes enough to read the goddamned article

It's just a matter of time before Obama's past catches up with him. The people that put him in power, are eventually going to have enough of his ultra-left wing ways since the greatest threat to a liberal is someone who is usually someone who is more liberal.

Spawnomite, your a blooming Idiot... I'll bet you either didn't finish high school and if by some miricle you did I'll bet you failed Civics... Oh, you don't know what Civics is... Google it you moron...

I don't hear anything illegal or even unethical.

People jockeying for position.


Obama has assassination teams in 70 countries
Obama is continuing displacing and killing millions in the Mideast for no discernible reason
Obama is fashioning the Great Depression for the Ultra Wealthy to steal from the poor, middle class and wealthy
Obama is more interested in golf balls than tar balls

And the focus is on this?

Not sure what all the outrage is about on this board. Nothing illegal happened here. The union represents a bunch of Blagojevich's constituents, so it is entirely reasonable for him to call Blagojevich and represent his views. It is fine for the president to recommend a candidate to anyone he wants, just not to "pay to play." Nothing in this article indicates that anyone but Blagojevich was trying to do anything illegal or immoral. What's got people hot under the collar?

Thank God for the INTERNET so we can comment and exchange information! To hell with the media!!! Keep abreast of the battle to control this medium ... http://www.theatlanticwire.com/opinions/view/opinion/Net-Neutrality-in-Jeopardy-3123

Oblablah is a liar. Case closed.

There has never been any question that Obama is an incompetent boob and a liar. I hope you morons that voted for this third rate gangster are proud of yourselves.

If you support Obama and his Regime, you support a Statist authoritarian who is an empty suit who speaks in platitudes who is beholden to the oligarchical collectivists and banking cabals. You are against freedom, liberty and our constitutional republic and the notion that all of our rights are inborn and are given by our creator. Some autocrat in Washington does not grant rights - the constitution simply enumerates them for added protection. The constitution also limits the Powers of the Federal Government yet an expansionist authoritarian view is used in modern times contrary to what Madison had intended. If you support Obama you support the biggest threat to our free will in our history, and when the last bastion of freedom in the USA falls, there is nowhere else to go.

Rat vermin corrupted Boss Tweed-Obama and his corrupted Tammany Hall regime is finally being exposed.
Otraitor is a man-child emperor-with-no-clothes. He is a rat vermin traitor with a plummeting popularity rating because he hates America, hates freedom and hates liberty. He works for Goldman Sachs and the banking oligarchs along with Dodd and Frank. He supports expanded wars - but strangely Soros funded Code Pink and Media Matters are silent for this baby-dictator Obama. Obama is weak and the world is destabilizing, he is a slave to the oligarchical collectivists and rules our population with an iron fist with a velvet glove. Obama coddles terrorists, Iran, MS13 gangs, Mexican Narco-State Drug Czars and criminals with sanctuary and open borders.. He cracks down on the middle class - the law abiding tax paying child bearing middle class whom he considers subjects in his regime. His IRS has audited at a rate 300% above normal. His census is a Nazi-like info-gathering attempt. He has outspent all previous presidents in one year. He is big brother, he is a traitor and he is a little man child moron figurehead empty suit that acts childish and thin skinned because he is uneducated. Sure he was indoctrinated with progressive trash, but given what he says and thinks he is a stupid uneducated failure of a man that could not hunt, grow food for himself, nor even change his tire. He knows nothing of math, history, physics or chemistry, his ideas are idiot Alinsky eructations and regurgitations, his speech capability without a teleprompter is pathetic and he is one of the stupidest people to ever grace the Office of the President. This moron man-child Otraitor looks and acts like a thin skinned loser. He is a disgusting traitor and a progressive rat that will rot in hell.
This Obama regime is the modern Boss Tweed Tammany Hall. The depraved nature of the Democrat party and its hidden progressive-Marxist agenda has been a cancer on America for well over a 100 years now, and today, the main stream media is controlled by the progressives so we don't have Thomas Nast drawings exposing what this rat vermin Obama is doing.


We've allowed Chicago's corrupt system to infect Washington. obama is as dirty as they come.

"I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening," Mr. Obama said. "And as I said it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that I don't it's appropriate to comment." From the Huffington Post 12-09-2008

OK spawnofmeat or what ever you OLN is.. To blame Republicans for tarnishing obama's image is a laughable joke!! Prema donna's like obama, clinton and nixon all feel they are above the law. It's just a matter of time before they step in it. Obama is worse than any of them because of his blind narsicistic ambition. He will fall before the end of his term and it will be an ugly scandal.

Glad I live in a red state!

Since when does the Union decide who is in ANY Office?

This stinks of Pure Liberal Corruption!
5zku82

Chicago style politics at its best! Busted!

Back when Ronald Reagan was President, we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.

Now Obama is President, and we have neither hope nor cash.

Remember in November!

Impeachment is the only solution. Wake up and smell the coffee.

The Judge needs to be taken off the case. He has a hidden agenda.

The downside of the "media" is that they are not media, they are stenographers for the left.

The upside is the majority of voters know we no longer have a competent, objective watchdog to protect the citizenry from abusive government, so "we the people" have taken matters into our own hands.

We are at rock bottom as far as competence & ethics in D.C. but remember it took Carter to get Reagan. Obama should guarantee that no liberal will ever be elected POTUS again in my lifetime. And the same could be true for the fringe left in congress who have hijacked the Democrat party. I was born and raised a Dem but it is not my father's (former alderman under Richard J) party any longer.

Chicago-style politicking, otherwise known as the doggy South Side methodology, is to work in triangles, not directly. So the false-voter, who is otherwise committing a felony, gets quietly forgotten about in the bowels of justice. And the higher-ups never have to answer. Just like the old-school mob. Likewise, nothing ever equals anything. Always leaving the lingering question: "But there is no proof the so-called catcher in this transaction actually got any benefits." Hence case dismissed. To be flushed out down the news cycle.

He lied to the FBI? I'm shocked...

Thanks to Ms. Korecki for keeping us posted on the proceedings. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is horrified of this story and what may turn up. Eventually Obama will be his own worst enemy and self-destruct...

Everyone copy this story and send it to ABC,MSNBC, and CNN. I do it all the time and I let them know the REAL news is getting out to us no matter how they try to keep it hid. Go to Contact Us, on ABC and MSNBC at bottom of web page and you can let them have it. On CNN go to Ticker and click on any story look in right hand corner and you can send feedback, news tips or comments. Do it people! It's time to let the Lame Stream Media have it!!

What else is new with our communist muslim kenyan Obummer?


By IN MEMORY OF MARY JO on June 29, 2010 2:07 PM

That's just how we roll here in Chicago.
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Well that would explain why you folks can have 24 murders in one day.
If that's the roll you roll there and its acceptable to you, then I feel really bad for your kids.

In just 14 months, Acorn Boy has now added $5 Billion per day to our debt.....3 times that of Bush's 8 years in office [Washington Times - June 3, 2010]

Saying Obama is crooked is like saying the sun is hot. Impeach this clown.

Obama won.
You self-righteous racist conservative Republitards can't get over that fact and will do anything to try to tarnish the image of the Great Barak Hussein Obama.
Shame on you.
America as we know it needs to change.

Is anyone else disturbed by the way Obama and the Democrats consider and treat union leaders as an integral part of the governance process? This exhange goes a long way to explain why and how unions have made out like thieves in the Age of Obama. Whether its pushing for the abolition of secret unionization votes, or confiscating the assets of Chrysler bondholders and handing them over to the UAW, its clear that Obama is VERY beholden to union leadership. As far as they are concerned, he has been bought and paid for.

I'm guessing EE doesn't really know much about Illinois politics and Chicago politics in particular. Many of the top union leaders are the biggest political movers and shakers in the state.

By what margin of the vote did Obama win Chicago?

We are getting so many different stories about what happened with the selling of the Senate seat. If thi testimony is true, and I believe it is, then we have a far bigger problem than a crooked governor.
I warned everyone I knew not for for hopenchange.The more I know 0bama the worse it looks for America.It's beginning to look like Watergate again, but this time it is bribery not burglary and this time the crook will play the race card before resignation,but I hope for the sake of the country he does resign to spend more time with his family in Kenya, I am sure brother George could give him tips on how to live on $12/yr.

Regarding the comment by Alienboss that the marxist/progressives will not be seen for 40 years after they are thrown out in November, don't bet on it. The leftist loons have no intention of leaving regardless of what the American people do. To them, this is the time they have been working 100 years for, and comrade Hussein will have our Republic destroyed before we can get rid of him. Any losses suffered by the leftists will bring out the union and marxist thugs to intimidate and destroy, as they have no intention of the U.S. returning to its former grandeur as a capitalist and free nation. If things get bad enough, look for Chavez and Castro to send "volunteers" into the U.S. to fight, just as the communists did in Spain, and have done in many other countries. With the marxist/progressives/leftist loons, there can be no peace, no time. When they start the violence, they need to be met with violence, nothing more, nothing less.

IF THE PROSPECTIVE PRESIDENT TOLD THE FBI HE HAD NO CONTACT, HE'S CORRRECT. BUT THE JUDGE SHOULDN'T HOLD BACK THE FBI REPORT. I BELIEVE IT'S A SERIOUS MATTER TO LIE TO THE FBI, PARTICULARLY IF THE PROSPECTIVE PRESIDENT SAID "NEITHER DIRECTLY NOR INDIRECTLY".

BLAGOGATE BLAGOGATE BLAGOGATE BLAGOGATE BLAGOGATE

I see that the union boss and "Barack" are on first name basis, and Barack called him as he instructed Obama's aid to have him do.

One does not need to wonder what organizations are the real power behind the presidency.

Is this really a surprise? There has always been no way that Obama didn't share the same political/ethical style of all his shady "friends". Too bad we don't have someone willing to take him down in the lame stream media. He is a disgrace to the office he holds and the dummies that support him have to wake up.

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS

An outgoing US senator has a personal opinion about who he wants to replace him?!!?!?! His criteria is someone that is good for the citizens and electable?!?!? COMMUNIST! SOCIALIST! Why is the MAINSTREAM MEDIA not covering this???

Is that a humongus smile on Jimmy Carter's face now that he is officially no longer the worst President ever..I bet he thanks God for Obama every single night...

surprise, surprise, corruption in chicago! no way! apples surely do not fall far from the tree do they?

The obama regime will slide on this as the left wing media will never pursue it. Blago will go down, all by himself.

The US Constitution allows for 2 impeachable offenses specifically by name, bribery and treason. This discussion describes the bribery portion. Obama's inability to listen to the people and do as they direct on healthcare, the borders, our debt, appointing RADICAL LEFTIST LIBERAL SCOTUS members who will make horrible interpretations for millions to have to follow during their tenure on the bench, makes the case for the latter.

EE, my thoughts exactly. When I first heard that Obaminable was sending two union reps to talk with Blago about the Senate seat, I thought what the heck?!? Union reps?!?

And it's good to know our Prez is on a first name basis with "Tom", the "top union leader". Cozy, eh?

I'll admit I don't get out as much as I should, but why would someone who was a Community Organizer be on a first name basis with a union boss? Oh, that's right, he was briefly elected to office. That explains it.

Why isn't this front page news on the New York Slimes?

This whole state is corrupt from top to bottom. Yet millions of cone heads believed that Obama was squeaky clean. You don't get where he got in Illinois politics, let alone senator and president, without playing the Daley Machine game. You folks who voted for him are morons. I hope you're watching your retirement plans going bankrupt. You get what you deserve. Voting for hope and change in a well packaged, yet empty, suit. Morons!

Has Obama sought Union Boss input for nomination of Kagan to SCOTUS? Same old Democrat politics - run by the Union bosses

Blago and his facts about Chicago/Obama politics will turn out to be like Jose Canseco and his insight into steroids in baseball. Everyone pooh-poohed Canseco when he came out with his book detailing steroids and Clemens, McGuire, etc. Now, years later it appears that he was on the mark each and every time. The same might be true of Blago if Blago can keep all of his facts straight and remain alive....

Welcome to America, where our "so called" President does not represent "we the people". It is "my union slaves".

All of the Obama haters, in an attempt to discredit him, can label him all of the names they wish, but they present no iota of evidence to prove that he is Socialist, Communist, Markist or impeachable. Instead, they use the labels simply to inflame the unknowlegeable in an attempt to further their hatred. They well know, or should, that this is by no means an impeachable offense. Don't believe me? Ask them to put up some sizable money to impeach him.

Was there ever any doubt that Obama was in the middle of this mess? Obama isn't even qualified for the job of 'Keeper of the Presidential Seal'!

You know what I would do if I were a reporter, is mention how this revelation apparently contradicts Obama's statement from December 2008, when asked "if Mr. Obama was aware of what was happening with his Senate seat":

"I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening,"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/09/obama-no-contact-with-bla_n_149679.html

It must be hard to figure out how to explain that away, since the JournoList got shut down.

VOTE THE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS OUT! VOTE THEM OUT!

Wow,

We elected Al Capone as president!

Too bad that the same reporters that took down Nixon won't do the same for Obama and his house of corruption.

Obama---Unions
Unions---Obama
Boss-- Subordirdinate... Which is really in charge?????
Instaed of his criticizing the Scotus he should really refirm all Political Contributions by disallowing all PACS from Unions..Big Business.. and Lobbyists.. Oh what is wrong with me SEIU, AFLCIO wont allow him to do it!!!

IMPEACH HIM NOW !!! WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SEE BEFORE YOU IMPEACH THIS MAN !! IF WE WAIT TILL NOVEMBER THERE WILL BE NO AMERICA LEFT !!

Ummmmm...why the hell would a Union hack been in a position of negotiating political appointments in either direction?

That this isn't national news is a disgrace. The media in this country should be ashamed for looking the other way on this president but god forbid a GOP president, senator or congressman so much as farts in the wrong direction it is media overkill to the max. Does anyone even grasp the unsavory nature of the POTUS calling a union boss to insert his pick for a senator? Wow. How do all you "journalists" sleep at night? Probably like the babies you all are.

Obama is just as corrupt as blago. They are all dirty.

We could easier find two people in hell that are honest, than one person from the oval office down in Washington D.C., when you arrive in D.C., you must be taken into a back room and told to raise your right hand and swear, you'll be a crook through out your tenure.

So far Blago seems like every other petty Democrat from Chicago to that most corrupted of states, New Jersey. In NJ we get this stuff all the time and it is almost always a Dem. Why is anyone surprised by this?

Yea? So whats the news...we all know he is as corrupt as they come..Everything he does is political...I was a Bush fan until '06, then he turned into lameduck...but this guy is unreal, the corruption and utter contempt for the American way is amazing..The silver lining is that finally people are seeing what progressives (Socialists/Markists/Communists)are really made of...and once we vote them out we wont see them for another 40 years..

This account if true proves to me again that Comrade Obama is a buzzard in an eagles body! He should be impeached.

That's just how we roll here in Chicago.

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