Former Blago Aide John Harris: Obama Knew About Plot to Trade the Illinois Senate Seat


It’s the Chicago way … and Barack Obama has brought it to Washington, DC, “Hope & Change” Chicago style …

What did Barack Hussein know and when did he know it with regards to the former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the plot to sell the Illinois Senate seat for political favor? This story is beginning to smell out loud.

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This is getting interesting and rather unpleasant for the Obama White House. John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified that  “he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.” OUCH, that’s going to leave a mark. This is a much different story than Obama has previously told. Attorney for the defense state that Harris’ testimony contradicts the government’s previous public statements that Obama knew nothing about deal-making involving the Senate seat appointment. Oh what tangled webs we weave, just what Obama needs, another scandal and implication into sleazy politics to bring down his approval rating.

 A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.

John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.

“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.

Harris said Blagojevich came away believing Obama knew what he wanted after having a conversation with a local union representative, who in turn spoke with labor leader Tom Balanoff, with whom Blagojevich met to discuss a Jarrett appointment. Jarrett, now a White House adviser, was seeking the appointment to Obama’s Senate seat.

As Right Wing News states, Quid pro quo just seems to be the Chicago way. Not surprising at all. How will Americans react to this news and Obama’s connection to Blagogate. Americans are growing wearing of this President and an ethics scandal would be the final touch in the end of Obama’s presidency. Remember President Obama, just like with the BP oil spill, We the People’s impression is what matters.

Thanks to Weasel Zippers … they have provided us what Obama previously said that no one knew about the Blago Senate seat for favor scandal. Would Obama like a Mulligan?


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Talk about your uneasy times for Obama and his Administration … the chickens are coming home to roost.

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Former Blago Aide John Harris: Obama Knew About Plot to Trade the Illinois Senate Seat”

    1. LilPuma on June 25th, 2010 2:27 pm

      Don’t know about Obama, but the number of voters who want a Mulligan is growing.

    2. Brenda on June 25th, 2010 3:28 pm

      If Zero was involved in ANYthing that WASn’t either criminal or against the Constitution, I’d die of a heart attack.

    3. on June 25th, 2010 4:20 pm

      I can’t believe that anyone believed that Obama didn’t know! Of course he knew! And of course he knew that task masters were offering jobs for getting out of Democrat Senate races.

    4. Diana on June 25th, 2010 7:43 pm

      That is the best caption I think I have ever read!


    5. Rene on June 25th, 2010 9:59 pm

      So, Blago says the pepole of Illinois deserve better than Valerie Jarrett…but Obama thinks she’s good enough for the White House? Guess so…in his Chicago East White House.

    6. Blink on June 25th, 2010 10:42 pm

      Blago makes me want to shower.

    7. A Texas Grandfather on June 26th, 2010 12:22 am

      This trial may bring out enough criminal activity to provide a proper cause for impeachment of Obama or whoever he really is.

    8. kitty on June 26th, 2010 5:27 am

      Grandfather ~ my thoughts exactly!

    9. Brenda in Virginia on June 26th, 2010 8:00 am

      Oh Tx Grandfather, you’re getting my hopes up!

    10. on June 26th, 2010 8:25 am

      #6 Far be it from me to actually defend Blago – but I’m going to actually defend Blago.

      Having watched Blago on Celebrity Apprentice, I came to like him a little bit (and that’s only a little); he is quite personable. What Blago did was disgusting and wrong – but it’s not different than what goes on in the White House and Chicago all the time. If one person is called out for his sins, I think those above him should be too.

      No, I don’t think Blago should get away with selling government seats; but I also don’t think the President of the US should either. In this case I’m convinced that Blago crossed the wrong person and so he was caught on tape. I’m sure there’s a lot of other tapes just waiting for people that cross Obama.

      Question: What is the difference between what Blago did and the “Louisianan Purchase”, “Cornhusker Kickback” and all the other purchasing of votes during the Obamacare votes in the House and Senate?

    11. barbreee on June 26th, 2010 6:25 pm

      community organizer. give me a break. it’s like someone pulled back the lever in a pin ball machine, and the ball is zinging and bouncing off of everything, til it runs out of steam, and slides smack dab down the middle and falls out of the game.

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