A frustrated Rod Blagojevich told advisers in a Nov. 10 call that he doesn't want to appoint Valerie Jarrett because he won't get anything for it from President Obama.
"So then they all leave town and I'm left with gridlock, a f---ing pissed-off speaker, potential impeachment, and a f---ing president who's all take and no give," he tells his wife and a couple advisers in the call, later adding: "You get a president who's selfish and just ditches people, so you get nothing."
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But adviser Doug Sosnik advises him to tread carefully around Obama.
"If you take a broader horizon, I think you get more out of it by certainly picking an African American and probably not sticking your finger in the eye of the next president of the United States, who's from your home state," Sosnik tells Blagojevich.
Patti Blagojevich chimes in toward the end of the call, expressing her belief that waiting for any kind of political help from Obama later on is "baloney."
"I don't think you live your life hoping that somebody's gonna help you down the line," she says.
Now the prosecution is playing a Nov. 11 call between Blagojevich and Doug Scofield, who's currently on the stand, where Scofield says he wants Blagojevich to get something tangible for the appointment. All the while, a children's TV show plays in the background.
"It's not entirely outlandish to say, look, we're all your friends, who want you to leverage this. I mean the president being grateful is fine. I think everybody would say that's a good first step, but you know for me at least I think you gotta add somethin' to that," Scofield tells Blagojevich. "I mean everybody sees takin' care of Barack's person, there's value in it. But you gotta make the value I think a little more tangible."
"I hear ya," Blagojevich replies.