WASHINGTON--Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich--awaiting trial on his criminal corruption charges-- goes on a tear for writer Scott Raab in a piece in Esquire Magazine where, among other things, he said he is "blacker than Barack Obama." He also zings White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (who replaced him in Congress when he ran for governor) and White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, claiming he once tried to encourage him to run for president.
Update... Blagojevich apologizes in Channel 2 interview. end update
Excerpt....(I toned down the swear words)
"It's such a cynical business, and most of the people in the business are full of s--- and phonies, but I was real, man -- and am real. This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the f---? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter. I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up."
It's nearly impossible to imagine Rod Blagojevich on the witness stand, but it's wholly impossible to imagine that Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama -- who has had ties with Chicago real estate developer, alleged Blago coconspirator, and convicted felon Tony Rezko -- have not pondered that very prospect."