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Axelrod said he was mistaken in saying Obama talked to Blagojevich re senate

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STATEMENT FROM SENIOR ADVISOR DAVID AXELROD
I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.

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Just curious, what would prompt one to volunteer that information which now supposedly never happened? Perhaps someone in the media should take off their 'I love Obama' pin and start doing their job.

BULL! Anyone believe this?

For having just won a presidential election against all odds, running a cutting edge campaign and setting the standard for modern election communications' operations, I am completely GOT that they left themselves open to this. Wow.

ASK RAHM IF HE OR THE PRES-ELECT TOUCHED BASES WTH BLAGO. AXELROD IS A GOOD MAN BUT WHAT COULD HE SAY? BLAGO SAID IT ALL WHEN HE SAID THEY (OBANMA OR AXELROD OR RAHM) WEREN'T GIVING HIM ANYTHING TO PICK THE MAN-WOMAN THEY WANTED. THAT BLEW THEIR COVER. MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID... NO LIE CAN BE LAWFUL OR INNOCENT.

Jeff...I'm with you on the media taking off their "I love Obama" pin and FINALLY starting to do their job. This is ridiculous. And even more ridiculous that it continues.

That anyone believes the President-select is somehow NOT involved in all this "pay-to-play" amid all the corrupt politicians with whom he's heretofore surrounded himself boggles the mind. That old "If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas" axiom immediately comes to mind.

The media, as has been their wont the last couple years, will continue to skirt around him (doubt anybody will even look) because quite frankly, like Blagoyevich they're expecting to get a "f***ing thing" or two themselves.

Today, I am "saddened and sobered" by the extent to which the MSM will abdicate their journalistic responsibility to the public for the promise of access, punditry (TV/radio time) and that almighty dollar. Instead of INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING the news, they parrot what they've been told, becoming the news themselves for the past 6-10 years. It is a sad day indeed.

Of course this is a duck and cover act. I hope no one believes this. It doesn't matter though, he should have talked about who will replace him. The cover up they are trying now is what raises questions. Why try to cover yourself if you did nothing wrong? It makes no sense at all. He should have said , yes I talked to him but he never mentioned any "pay to play". Easy enough and it would be over. Now people are going to start looking into Obama and Bloga's relationship closer because of Axelrod's statement that he mispoke. Give me a break.....

For as much as Obama wants to distance himself from the governor right now, I am amazed that as president-elect he wouldn't go on record saying he was very involved. What kind of a leader does not want at least *some* say in the person who is taking over his job? What kind of a supposed 'leader' does that to his home state, not to mention his country?


There will be a lot of squeezing by the
FEDS......the Obama team should remember
that sometimes the lie is bigger than the
crime........There are a lot of canaries
in the state of Illinois, so Obama lets
see some transparency.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE INTERVIEW, YOU CAN SEE HOW
TIRED HE WAS, HE MISSPOKE AND THAT IS THE END OF
THE STORY!


I've been following your columns for well over a year Ms Sweet, and I thank you for sticking with the "tough issues"....you are one among very few remaining, credible investigative journalists. I hope to see you more often on Lou Dobbs, and continuing on Greta Van Susteren.

The local media has at times pointed out the relationships between Obama and the sleeze in Illinois politics. It is the national media that ignored same.

The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal on December 11 have an excellent column by John Fund that documents the relationship between Obama and Illinois politicians with questionable ethical practices. It is excellent reading.

How can anyone believe that Obama was NOT part of the "PLAY AND PAY" scandal when he was elected president?

He obtained illegal contributions from foreigh countries and from the public also. He paid people to go and register and then vote.

Once a Chicago politician always a corrupt Chicago politician!!!!!

You don't have to search long on the Internet to find neutral media reports of the November 5th meeting between Blagojevich and Obama. Clearly both Obama and Axelrod are lying. Why is that necessary? Can't Obama simply say he met and discussed names for his replacement, but no "quid quo pro" was discussed?

The lies are so obvious and unbelievable as to essentially invite further suspicions. It's as dumb as Hillary Clinton having said she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary - even though he didn't climb Mount Everest and become famous until a few years after she was born!

Save you lies for the important stuff. Any Chicago politician worth his salt should have learned that lesson!

Obama should realize that the media may have been in the tank for him in order to get him elected, but they won't be played as fools forever. He may have short honeymoon...

IF OBAMA MET WITH THIS GUY, IT WOULD BE FRONT
PAGE NEWS, YOU JUST WANT THE STORY TO FIT WHAT
YOU WANT, OBAMA CAN'T EVEN GO TO THE BATHROOM
BY HIMSELF AND YOU WANT TO LABEL HIM CORRUPT!
GROW UP AND GET A LIFE!
THE ELECTION IS OVER, STOP ACTING LIKE SEAN
HANNITY, HE HAS AN EXCUSE TO ACT A FOOL, HE IS
GETTING PAID TO ACT ONE!
WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE?

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