RUSH: Let’s go to the audiotape because the media is doing their best to cover the tracks on Obama here, but it’s getting tough to do. He’s in the middle of all of this! I mean, this is the cesspool that gave birth to Obama. Here is Obama late yesterday afternoon in Chicago. An unidentified reporter said, ‘Did you have any contact with or were you aware at all of what was happening with your Senate seat?’
OBAMA: I had no contact with the governor what — or, uhhh — or his office, uhhh, and so we — I — I — I was not aware of, uh, what was happening. And as I said, uh, it’s a sad day for Illinois.
RUSH: Oh, of course. Yes.
OBAMA: Uh, beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.
RUSH: Where’s your anger, buddy? You’re Mr. Ethics. You ought to be livid about this! Of course he’s not livid because anybody in the Chicago political machine knows what the hell goes on there. Snerdley said, ‘How long have the Daleys owned Chicago?’ I said, ‘Probably since the fire, which they probably started.’ Joking. I’m joking. So did you catch here, Obama, ‘I — I had no contact with the governor or his office so we — uhhh, I was not aware of…’ However, back on November 23rd, Chicago, Illinois, Fox News political reporter Jack Conaty is talking with Obama senior advisor David Axelrod. Conaty says, ‘Has Obama expressed a preference, however, who might replace him in the Senate?’
AXELROD: I know he’s talked to the governor, and there are a whole range of names may of which have surfaced and — and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.
RUSH: All right. Now, ladies and gentlemen, they put out a statement yesterday from the Obama campaign basically saying that Axelrod was wrong, that Axelrod misspoke, that Obama had not talked to the governor, but they have a problem with that now. Because on November 5th, KHQA CBS TV in Illinois (I think it’s Quincy) the reporterette Carol Sowers, reportedly the day after the election, November 5th, quote: ‘Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the US Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled. That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today. He is meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon [November 5th] in Chicago, to discuss it.’ Now, this is two separate sources, one of them Barack’s own spokesman or campaign guru, David Axelrod, ‘Oh, yeah.’
On November 23rd, ‘Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. He’s talked to the governor about a wide variety, wide range of names take over that seat.’ They say, ‘No, no, no. Axelrod’s wrong.’ Did this reporter just make this up? I never heard of Carol Sowers, but did she just make it up that Obama was going to talk to Blago the day after the election? She had to be told by somebody that the meeting was scheduled. Of course, the website reporting this could be a hoax. We have to cover all bases. There are so many rumors on the Internet these days that you can’t tell what’s what. Maybe the meeting was scheduled and canceled.
Anyway, Senate Candidate #5 in the complaint was one who was offering, apparently, Blagojevich some loot in exchange for being selected, and ABC Brian Ross says that Senate Candidate #5 is the son of the Reverend Jackson. That would be Jesse Jackson, Jr.
He’s the anonymous Senate Candidate #5 whose emissaries, Blagojevich, reportedly claimed offered up to a million dollars to name him to the US Senate. According to the FBI affidavit, Blagojevich stated he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate #5 that provided Blagojevich with something tangible up front. Jackson, Jr., said, ‘I don’t know,’ when he was asked if he’s Candidate #5, but he said he was told, quote, ‘I am not a target of this investigation.’ Let me tell you something. Jesse Jackson, Jr., has a regularly scheduled appearance on our affiliate in Chicago, The Big 89 WLS, and he canceled it yesterday. These guys in Chicago… I mean, the cockroaches are scrambling. Imagine Patrick Fitzgerald with a giant can of Raid and the Democrats are all scrambling like cockroaches because they don’t want to be caught up in this and nobody knows where it’s going and people are starting to ask today the question I asked yesterday.
Why the hell stop the investigation? If you’ve got this massive corruption going on, unheard of before, why stop it? Lots of people are asking that. And, of course, the rule of thumb answer is, ‘Well, we couldn’t let this go appoint somebody to the Senate. Why, they’d be tainted, had to stop that.’ Yeah, right. By the way, Dingy Harry said, ‘I don’t care who he appoints. If he appoints anybody, we’re not going to confirm ’em. It ain’t going to happen.’ The Supreme Court might have something to say about that. Good Morning America today, Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer had this exchange about how well Obama speaks, like I said yesterday.
SAWYER: He switched pronouns in the middle. Let’s listen again.
OBAMA: I had no contact with the governor what — or, uhhh — or his office, uhhh, and so we — I — I — I was not aware of, uh, what was happening.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That telling move from ‘we’ to ‘I’ was interesting by the President-elect Obama. I think that’s because he can’t be sure that no one connected to him in any way spoke with Blagojevich or emissaries of Blagojevich. The reason they can’t talk about it, they say, right now is because this is an ongoing criminal investigation and they want to make sure that they have their stories straight before they go out and say anything more publicly.
RUSH: (laughing) Well, they’re marveling at how quick he catches himself once he got one foot in the sinkhole. It’s Clinton all over again. This is proof of the assertion that I (and I alone) made yesterday trying to help everybody understand Obama is not what he says, folks. If you attack him and parse him on what he says, you’re going to get nowhere. His supporters support him because of how he says what he says.
RUSH: This is Cheryl in Brooklyn . I’m glad you called. Nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I hope you’re feeling better. You sound better.
RUSH: Yeah, I am feeling better today. I stopped taking a bunch of medicine.
CALLER: Good. Well, whatever you did, I’m glad you sound so much better.
RUSH: Just stuck with it. You know, that’s all you can do. This is some kind of really, really bad bug. I’ve still got a little bit of it, but —
CALLER: I was worried about you. You sounded awful a couple of days there. You really did.
RUSH: Well, I shouldn’t have been here. It was just out of a sense of devotion and duty that I came in. I was advised not to, but I did.
CALLER: Well, we missed you and I’m glad you’re feeling better.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: Okay. Now, I don’t know about you, but the Barry and Blago show have quickly become my favorite new sitcom, and my favorite actor is by far Axelrod, because his statement that he was mistaken when he said that the president-elect had conversations with the governor regarding the —
RUSH: He didn’t say he was mistaken, the campaign did.
CALLER: Oh, no, no, no. Well, a statement was released saying that he was mistaken.
RUSH: Yeah, but he didn’t say, he didn’t go out there and say, ‘I was mistaken.’ The campaign released or the office of the president-select issued a statement saying, ‘No, he didn’t say that. Or he said it, but he was wrong, the governor never talked to Obama about this,’ and vice-versa. But there’s a problem now because this reporter, Carol Sowers in Quincy on November 5th, CBS station, I think, reported that Obama was gonna go talk to Blago that day about who would fill his Senate seat.
CALLER: You know, here’s the thing that I find amazing. I know that they think that we’re all stupid. I understand that, and given the outcome of the election, I can understand why they think that. But we’re not. Not every single one of us is an idiot. So if we’re to believe that Mr. Axelrod was indeed just mistaken, then we also have to believe that he, the man who had Obama’s ear from day one of the campaign, the man who orchestrated every move of the Obama campaign, the man who pulled the strings and told him what to say at every public appearance, because he saw what happened whenever he went off script —
RUSH: Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep.
CALLER: — that this person — (laughing)
RUSH: I know. It’s just too much to believe that Axelrod would go out and tell the truth and the campaign would say, ‘No, he’s wrong, he’s lying.’ One other point here, Cheryl, to add to the sitcom script. One thing that has come out — and Patrick Fitzgerald made it plain and clear — Obama was not involved. And how is Obama not involved? Well, because Blagojevich knew that Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat. How did Blagojevich know that? Why did Blagojevich call Obama the MF-er? It’s because Obama wouldn’t give him anything for it. Now, who told Blagojevich that Obama wouldn’t give him anything? So somebody from Obama’s campaign, if not Obama himself, was talking to Blago. But they’re denying it. It seems to me they can admit they were and they didn’t want anything to do with it because of what Blago was demanding, but they’re denying, when the complaint makes it clear that they were talking.