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Blagojevich leaves for the weekend, tries to sign an orange

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By Abdon M. Pallasch

On his way out of the courthouse, Rod Blagojevich shook hands with supporters, signed an autograph for one fan, gave her a big hug and told her "Have a nice holiday!"

Improv comedian and self-described "Fragrance Fanatic" Jay Sukow, 41, handed Blagojevich an orange and asked him to sign it.

Blagojevich thought it was a lemon.

"I never signed a lemon," Blagojevich said, borrowing a Sun-Times pen.

"It's going to make you calmer and friendlier," Sukow said.

Blagojevich carved an "R" onto the orange, but could not make the pen work on the orange's surface. His wife Patti, already in the car with their daughter Amy, shouted at him to get in the car.

"They want me to go," Blagojevich apologized to Sukow. He got in the car and drove off.

"I'm never washing this lemon," Sukow's friend joked.

"It's an orange," Sukow corrected him.

Why didn't he correct the governor?

"I can't correct the governor," Sukow said.

From the time he was a year old and his mother put citrus fruits in his crib to calm him, he has appreciated the calming power of fruit, he said: "Take a smell -- You'll be calmer. Citrus is really good for mood."

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