Obama internal review: There were no inappropriate contacts with Blago

posted at 7:05 pm on December 15, 2008 by Allahpundit

We know there were contacts, the only question is their propriety. In case you’re suspicious, Fitzgerald has indeed confirmed that he asked The One to hold off on releasing the report until next week, when Obama will be vacationing in Hawaii and the world will be busy with Christmas. If Fitz’s job was in doubt before, it’s in less doubt today.

Not that it much matters to the case against Blago, given how many witnesses have come forward since he was pinched, but the Tribune might have gotten Jesse Jackson Jr off the hook here by exposing the feds’ wiretapping before a final meeting about the Senate seat between Blago and one of Jackson’s cronies could be arranged. Good work, boys. Another dynastic travesty we’ll be living with forever.


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I hope Blago fights the administration tooth and nail. I am looking forward to a very embarrassing time for all involved.

mindhacker on December 15, 2008 at 10:44 PM

OMG–

The Right-Wing conspiracy is back in full force!

Damn them!

12thMonkey on December 15, 2008 at 10:49 PM

It’s all really quite simple.
Plead ignorance, deny, stonewall, claim you misspoke, were taken out of context, blame someone else, and when finally caught say you won’t do it again.

diogenes on December 15, 2008 at 11:06 PM

This is only the beginning…………

……….. you were warned, now enjoy the consequences.

Seven Percent Solution on December 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Boy, I never would have predicted that result.

johnsteele on December 15, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Let us hear all the conversations and decide what’s “inappropriate”.

ddrintn on December 15, 2008 at 11:28 PM

How did the Tribune find out Blankface was being tapped?

right2bright on December 15, 2008 at 11:42 PM

These people couldn’t find a turd in a random colonoscopy.

Fundamental Fred on December 15, 2008 at 11:59 PM

And we know that this is true cause lefties NEVER lie, NEVER!

allrsn on December 16, 2008 at 12:11 AM

I think Blago is going to be run over by the Obama bus, over and over and over…

HornetSting on December 16, 2008 at 12:17 AM

4 years and one month. That’s how long this soap opera will last. It’ll have more twists and turns then all the seconds in 4 years and one month.

Barry WILL be on Rushmore and a great marble hall will be put up across from the Lincoln memorial. Both something for pigeons to crap on.

Limerick on December 16, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Obama internal review: There were no inappropriate contacts with Blago

I’ve heard this tune before from the last Dem in Office.

“I did not have a sexual relationship with that woman”.

Billy Jeff part 2.

Guardian on December 16, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Obama internal review: There were no inappropriate contacts with Blago

…And in other news, monkeys are flying out my arse.
Nothing to see here….move along. It’s just Chicago.

HornetSting on December 16, 2008 at 1:05 AM

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

George Washington

DL13 on December 16, 2008 at 1:42 AM

I finally got to watch that clip.. What a bunch of carefully parsed horsesqueeze.

I suppose if I ever get pulled over for speeding i can investigate myself and turn the results over to the judge. “Your honor, I have carefully examined the facts and they are as I said to the officer last week uhm erm ahm ”

Rhammie looked happy there but the guy to Rhammies right looked like he had inflamed hemmoroids… was that axelrod??

One thing to note.. Obie seems to be able to talk a good game when he is in complete control of everything.. However, when he has to think on his feet, that’s when he makes a lot of mistakes and comes unglued. That, IMHO, is not a good trait for POTUS. The next 4 years will be edgar allen poe meets the three stooges. IOW, manic depressive..

(Unless we find that Fitz has enough to call barryo in on an indictment then we have to deal with Biden for 4)

bullseye on December 16, 2008 at 1:48 AM

The MSM, liberals and moderates seem mighty determined to give Obama ‘the benefit of the doubt’ for anything that might be remotely connected to him and appear quite happy to ignore Obama’s past associations in that might indicate the direction his administration might take. I represent the people who have read Rules For Radicals, Mein Kampf, and The Prince by Machiavelli and understand the transformation and upheaval that Obama bring with him. I am not deceived. I am a student of history; I know what is coming if the people do not stand up to him. Remember this with every fiber of your being: Obama must be ousted and destroyed.

technopeasant on December 16, 2008 at 1:53 AM

Is that King Tut in the picture?

Entelechy on December 16, 2008 at 1:56 AM

Imagine how much all the criminals in the country would love to do their own private internal investigations into their crimes.

Done That on December 16, 2008 at 5:05 AM

I don’t think I have enough popcorn, and I know I don’t have enough beer.
How much is a typical four-year supply?

SKYFOX on December 16, 2008 at 5:36 AM

I did not have sexual financial relations with that woman man.

Mmm. I think we’ve been here before.

Mojave Mark on December 16, 2008 at 7:36 AM

The real mob boss has spoken, and the new messiah replied “yes mam.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16622.html

Keemo on December 16, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Last week Obama was “absolutely certain” there was no contact with Blago – by him or his staff – on this issue.

Than the spin was, well maybe there was some contact with someone from his staff, but it wasn’t about this issue.

This week after a “comprehensive review”, a review conducted to check if there was any contact after Obama was “absolutely certain” there wasn’t any BTW, we are told there was contact, but now it’s a matter of degree.

There was no “inappropriate” contact, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for, move along.

Yep, it’s good to see that integrity, honesty and transparency have returned to Washington…

catmman on December 16, 2008 at 8:14 AM

I don’t think I have enough popcorn, and I know I don’t have enough beer.
How much is a typical four-year supply?

SKYFOX on December 16, 2008 at 5:36 AM

Thke way this is going, you may not need 4 years.

right2bright on December 16, 2008 at 8:17 AM

That’s Christmas week, when few people will be paying attention and when Obama plans to be celebrating the holiday in Hawaii — not in Chicago, which has been the focal point of the federal investigation.

What happened to:

When President-elect Barack Obama heads home for a break from the White House, he won’t go to a sprawling ranch or private seaside compound.

Obama will come back to a crowded city neighborhood, creating different security challenges for the Secret Service and perhaps headaches for his neighbors.

No other recent first family has lived in a city neighborhood like the Obamas. The $1.6 million mansion he and his wife, Michelle, share with their two young daughters sits just off a busy street _ a stretch of which has been closed to traffic _ and his closest neighbors are just a few feet away.

“My Kennebunkport is on the South Side of Chicago,” Obama said in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune. “Our friends are here. Our family is here. We are going to try to come back here as often as possible … at least once every six weeks or couple months.”

Brat on December 16, 2008 at 8:27 AM

I’ll say one thing for Bill Clinton – he at least had the propriety to wait until he took office to start his scandals.

abcurtis on December 16, 2008 at 8:28 AM

It’s all really quite simple.
Plead ignorance, deny, stonewall, claim you misspoke, were taken out of context, blame someone else, and when finally caught say you won’t do it again mistakes were made and there will be accountability.

diogenes on December 15, 2008 at 11:06 PM

abcurtis on December 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Remember this with every fiber of your being: Obama must be ousted and destroyed.

technopeasant on December 16, 2008 at 1:53 AM

Can you say President Slo-Joe Biden?

abcurtis on December 16, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Stall, Stall, Stall. He knows that he has the cover of the MSM and the fast media cycles. The guy is completely insulated.

marklmail on December 16, 2008 at 8:39 AM

marklmail on December 16, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Maybe we could coin a new phrase?: Obama-flon?

You know, like “teflon”?

“Obamaflon”

Hey, I had a rough night…

catmman on December 16, 2008 at 8:45 AM

the Tribune might have gotten Jesse Jackson Jr off the hook here by exposing the feds’ wiretapping before a final meeting about the Senate seat between Blago and one of Jackson’s cronies could be arranged.

Dynastic travesty indeed.

petefrt on December 16, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Oh I am so much more relieved now. Thank goodness they investigated themselves.

Oh the guy who raped that girl in my town? He says he didnt do anything too. I take him for his word. paaaalease

johnnyU on December 16, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Sloe Gin Biden? huh? what?

johnnyU on December 16, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Well, that’s settled then. In other news, almost every convicted felon in Joliet Prison said they were innocent as well.

Vashta.Nerada on December 16, 2008 at 9:21 AM

BHO and his cronies had NO inapproiate contact my big, old, flabby, hairy butt! Not only is BHO a liar but his pals in the MSM are worthless, as we knew, but continue to die the slow ignorant death of bias… BHO is upto his big ears in this horrible mess and he’s not even President yet… WOW, this is gonna be a fun four years… GREAT JOB YOU MORON INDEPENDANTS, LIBERALS and RINO’s, your soooooo much smarter than us Conservatives.

Mark Garnett on December 16, 2008 at 9:28 AM

If Fitz’s job was in doubt before, it’s in less doubt today.

What does that mean? Less doubt that Fitz will stay on, or that he will be fired on January 20 or shortly thereafter?

We wish you a merry Fitzmas
And a Rahmmy New Year.

Poll slidings, Blago,
and to your Pat Quinn
Joe Biden loves Fitzmas
as Rezko sings here.

Steve Z on December 16, 2008 at 9:39 AM

THIS JUST IN!!!!!

The Nixon Presidential Library just completed their internal review of the Watergate incident and concluded that there was no inappropriate conduct on the part of any Nixon administration officials.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

MikeA on December 16, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Well. Now that we have established that they weren’t touching each others personal areas, what about the pay for play negotiations?

ronsfi on December 16, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Wait a minute…Last week Obama said his staff had no contact with Blago. Now he said they did, and he also said it did not contradict his last week statement.

Am I missing something here?

saiga on December 16, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Am I missing something here?

saiga on December 16, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Yes. But don’t worry about it. When Obama lies to you it is only because he, in his intrinsic goodness, is willing to take onto himself the sins of truth and evil men on the right, to protect you from the evils that might befall you if He was open and honest about things. You should be grateful that he is willing to sacrifice himself in this way for you, so you don’t have to face the harsh realities of life in this decadent world. Or something.

MikeA on December 16, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Isn’t this ludicrous…even just on the face of it? As if there would be any conversations regarding Obama’s Senate seat without his knowledge of it. He really had to conduct an investigation to check? You mean there was the chance that someone just decided to go rogue and contact Blago to push a candidate for Obama’s Senate seat without checking with Obama first? The whole “we’ll conduct an investigation” thing is just so dishonest to begin with. It didn’t occur to anyone in the media that there’s no way in hell anyone would contact Blago without Obama’s knowledge and approval. So now we have a President that at the first oppportunity to prove himself, decided to lie and obfuscate…wonderful

AmericanUnderground on December 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM

AmericanUnderground on December 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM

I think you got it. Welcome to the United States of Amerika.

MikeA on December 16, 2008 at 10:12 AM

The issue is not inappropriate contacts. The issue is whethert Emanuel lied (yes) and whether The Black Caesar instructed Rham or anyone else on his staff to press Blago on who to name to Barry’s Senate seat. None of that is inappropriate.

What is inappropriate is saying we did nothing and then having it trickle out that yes, you did do something and it stinks.

grdred944 on December 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

It is offical with this series of actions/inactions.
The annointed one will now be referred to as O’Blamer in lieu of 0bama.

Amazed on December 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

This is just like when Clinton visited China, and had the balls to come before the press there and say he spoke with the Chinese premier, and neither of them knew anything about any money for weapons information that passed hands.

How insulting. Yet… there are still people, intoxicated enough by the Kool Aid, that will believe what the One says

ToddonCapeCod on December 16, 2008 at 12:18 PM

I did not have inappropriate political relations with that disgraced governor… Monica Blagoyevich

ttime500 on December 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

That’s the way it is in my world also.

I did internal reviews of my tests in college (Straight A’s!), have done my own internal performance appraisals at work (what a great employee!), and confess my sins to myself (destined for sainthood).

Doesn’t everybody get a chance to scrub and filter their bad deeds and faux pas?

Of course, once the instructor/boss/priest takes a look . . .

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 16, 2008 at 5:53 PM

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