Dec 11 2008
Obama has admitted two things today regarding the spreading scandal engulfing Governor Rod Blagojevich:
- Team Obama did have contact with Team Blagojevich recently, andÂ
- Obama is not making a firm denial of wrong doing. Instead he is expressing ‘confidence’ there was no wrong doing.Â
While the liberal rags (thank god these dinosaurs are facing financial extinction) keep trying to spin the fact Obama did not participate directly in discussions, we know members of the team are the responsibility of the team leader (thus Bush is responsible for Libby, etc). What is important is how the teams communicated, not what Obama said directly to Blagojevich.
Here is the stunning admission just coming out now:
Obama said he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the vacancy and was confident that none of his representatives would have any involvement in any scheme. Obama said he has asked his team to gather facts about any contacts to share over the next few days.
“Share”? Â Odd choice of words (it is not a quote). The title of this little piece is “Obama says no contact with Blagojevich” – more Clintonesque parsing of words to hide the sad truth. It really must be bad for this word smything to be starting so soon.
Here is another ‘version’ of Obama’s tap dance recital this morning:
“I have never spoken to the governor on this subject,” Obama said, adding that he has asked his staff to collect the facts about their contact with Blagojevich on the matter.
What “subject” are we discussing here? Did anyone from the lame-stream media follow up? I did find this tidbit interesting:
Obama said neither he nor his staff had been contacted by federal officials in connection with the probe.
I wonder why they have not been contacted? Jesse Jackson, Jr has been given the opportunity to work with authorities. Why is his staff not collecting information for the Federal Investigation? This confirms the news Obama heard the news with the rest of America – an odd thing to do to a new President coming into office.
One would think the Feds would give them a heads up, or would check with Team Obama to make sure those DC advisors caught on the 2 hour conference call were not part of, or connected to, Team Obama. Seems sort of obvious. Unless the Feds know the answer already.
I suspect we might be seeing a lot more tap dancing and finger wagging before January.
Update: Finally found actual quotesÂ instead of news media translations (a.k.a. spin):
“I had no contact with the governor’s office. I did not speak to the governor about these issues. That I know for certain.”
OK, what about aids and emissaries and intermediaries?
In response to a reporter’s question, Obama said, “What I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-makingÂ …That would be a violation of everything this campaign has been about.”
What ‘office’ are you referring to Senator? Again, an odd choice of words.Â
“I have askedÂ my team toÂ gather the facts of any contacts” with the governor, Obama said, adding he will share that information with the public in the coming days.
What is the difference between ‘office’ and ‘team’? As we can see the news media story is not clear, despite the glaring headlines to the contrary. Can’t wait to see the video (and all the hesitation and stuttering).