What did Obama know …

Time’s Michael Scherer has this interesting post on the magazine’s Swampland blog on potential dot-connecting between Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Cell 32) and President-elect Barack Obama.

To be clear, the bugging and wire tapping of Blagojevich suggests that Obama was not playing in the corruption scheme. The complaint states, “Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but ‘they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.’ ” But that is not the operating factor here. U.S. Attorney investigations often end with indictments far from where they start. (See the cases of Valerie Plame and Jack Abramoff.) And Fitzgerald is going to continue to follow the facts, which means many more questions for people close to Obama. So regardless of Obama’s innocence, this will continue to be a burden for the president-elect and those around him. Politics, like life, is not fair.

Scherer’s post also points out that contradictions are starting to surface in what Obama is saying about his interaction with Blago.

At a press avail this afternoon, Obama said, “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.” But just a few weeks ago, David Axelrod, Obama’s top adviser, said this on Fox News, about Obama, the governor and the search for a Senate replacement: “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.”

Later, however, ABC’s Jake Tapper updated a post on the subject, saying that an Obama aide said Axelrod “misspoke.”

The Obama administration is covering up before it even takes office.

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7 thoughts on “What did Obama know …

  1. Judge not lest ye be judged. Why do you people use your watered down self-centered view of The Word as a cudgel with which to bludgeon those who you fear and loathe? Perhaps that is why you feel such a need to possess a weapon, you fear the next life, you do not embrace it. You’ve taken the easy, wide path. Nothing unique here, I’ll be moving on.

  2. I don’t think that was really Jesus who left that comment, because the Real One would have signed it “Yeshua.”

  3. There are so many names, merely egotistical stamps applied by those who crave to feel superior unto the least of their bretheren. Your reward is your pride. Cherish it, forever.

  4. On top of that, the commenter forgot a portion of the passage:

    “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

    Maybe he just forgot about it, in his haste to leave a snarky comment. Or maybe he’s just the Jack Black Jesus.

  5. Though, Mike, the link in this article leads to the Luciano column. Which, while it’s a great column, isn’t the Swampland article that I’d be interested in reading.

  6. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

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