Nothing can awaken a sleeping courtroom like listening to an irate ex-Illinois governor unleash a series of f-bombs, aimed at the media, the president, his faltering political career, his lack of money and just about everything else he can think of at the moment.
His voice rising, Rod Blagojevich says of President-Elect Obama on tape:
"Give this mother f----- his senator? F--- him. For nothing? F--- him!
Blagojevich is on a call with advisers and his wife, Patti. He says everyone's passing him up politically while he's stuck in Springfield with gridlock and making no money.
"I feel like I'm f------ my children. I'm stuck in this f---ing ...
nasty f---ing, s----y f---ing press," Blagojevich is heard saying as wide-eyed jurors listen.
Blagojevich says he needs work that will take "financial stress" off his family. Patti then points to Michelle Obama: "she's making $300,000 at the University of Chicago," she says.
Prosecutors played the tape to set up the next witness. While jurors just heard him complaining he has no money and he's worried about providing for his children, the next witness, Shari Schindler, will talk about what he did with all his money.
He spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on fine clothing -- for himself.