Today, while meeting with Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore to discuss energy and climate change, President-Elect Barack Obama confirmed that he was in no way involved with Governor Blagojevich’s attempts to profit off of the Senate nomination that he was going to make. Obama said that he was “saddened and sobered” about the events that transpired earlier today. I’ll let you watch the video for yourself:
Obama did say, “I had not contact with the governor or his office, uh–and so we were–I–I was not aware of what was happening. And as I said, it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”
So, assuming that Obama is telling the truth (and I think he is – he has NO reason to lie, since that will only hurt him, and he already knows that there are numerous conversations that were recorded where he would be found out if he had done anything wrong), this really won’t affect Obama at all. Again, I believe Obama is telling the truth. I don’t see why he’d lie, because he would only eventually be found out anyway.
Hopefully the state of Illinois can move on and try to recover from this situation.
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