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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why Would Obama Lie About Meeting Governor Rod Blagojevich

Why lie? Why downplay the meetings? Why get Axelrod to retract his statement saying Obama and Governor Rod Blagojevich met to discuss the Senate seat which would be left open after Obama stepped down?

Hot Air points us to definite proof, via photos directly from the Illinois Governor's website, in a PDF that makes it very Obama and Blagojevich had contact, spoke... nothing unethical about it, in fact it would be natural for them to do so.


(Governor Blagojevich confers with now President‐Elect Barack Obama)

That newsletter was dated November 12, 2008.

Clear enough?

Yesterday we showed that David Axelrod had said, via TV, that Obama had met with Blagojevich to discuss the Senate seat.

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a "kingmaker," Axelrod said, "I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

After Blagojevich was charged on a variety of crimes, one of which included criminal behavior regarding that Senate seat, Axelrod retracted his earlier statement, saying "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."

The Obama compounds this mistake with yet another denial:

"I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."

Truthfully, it would have been irresponsible to not have discussed, even in passing, the replacement, so why the attempt, pitiful attempt with everything being so readily available, to deny having "any contact?"