Skip to comments.Blago drama for Obama RAHM EMANUEL | Pressed for Jarrett appointment to Senate
Posted on 12/17/2008 6:02:34 AM PST by malkee
President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Emanuel privately urged Gov. Blagojevich's administration to appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and the Sun-Times learned Tuesday that he also pressed that it be done by a certain deadline.
Jarrett was initially interested in the U.S. Senate post before Obama tapped her to be a White House senior adviser, sources say.
The disclosure comes days after Obama's camp downplayed Jarrett's interest in the post.
(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
Is this part of the conversations the Obama camp’s internal investigation deemed “appropriate”?
I know I need to break out the tinfoil; BUT I believe someone tipped 0bama off to the investigation...that’s why “only appreciation” was the offered exchange and that’s why Rahmbo was sent. The problem came in the “coverup”/after the scandal broke. 0 is so inexperienced in actually answering for his actions, that he bungled his own crafty alibi. What a dumb*ss. Just my personal opinion, though.
Maybe we should ignore the story. Sarc.
It’s not the crime, or non-crime, it’s the coverup!
Does no one think that Obama might have been playing hardball just to get the "price" down?
Nobama is not even in office and already there is more controversy....and yet those bubbleheaded sheeple voted in this guy.....it’s unbelievable.
You aren’t the only one to think that he was tipped off, there are probably a lot of very partisan people working on that case even though they swear neutrality.
I can believe someone privy to all this easily saw what happened to Scooter Libby and knew Baraq would stupidly put his foot in his mouth if given the chance, so they leaked the wiretap information to the Obama camp senior people as a heads up.
I like the pace of this scandal. At this rate it will be in the news for many months.
A friend of mine liked to say "don't pick a fight with a skunk, you'll both end up smelly". We can also hope the Illinois impeachment trial gets dirty. Blagojevich surely has lots of dirt on lots of politicians in his state.
Someone is putting the heat on Emmanuel and Obama and keeping this story on the front page.
Who and why?
In another story in the Sun-Times:
“Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich’s pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois’ long-dormant casino license.
Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder’s role as “special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board” — a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.
Holder, however, omitted that event from his 47-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire made public this week — an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama’s transition team indicated late Tuesday.”
Emanuel was doing Obama’s bidding......anyone raelly think he was pushing Jarrett for himself??? yeah, right.
There’s nothing here that hasn’t been revealed before and nothing inappropriate since there’s no quid pro quo that’s been revealed between Rahm and Blago. Maybe something is forthcoming but I doubt it. More interesting is the delay in sentencing of Rezko, presumably in exchange for more info.
Someone pointed asked a good question...how did Blago know that all the Obama camp would give him was appreciation if they had no discussions?
BINGO!! Lisa Madigan said on Greta’s Pay To Play Show Sunday night that HER OFFICE KNEW OF THE INVESTIGATION!! Does ANYONE think she didn’t pass that info along in order to CURRY FAVOR with OBAMA???
Does anyone know if Patti Blogo was the real estate agent who handled the obama\rezko real estate deal? Just curious.
I think Blago may have misunderstood the Chicago politik talk. I'm sure Blago thought he was only going to get "Obama's appreciation," when in fact what was offered was "Obama's........ appreciation".
The details are in the pause.
Holder and BLAGO tied together with the GAMING INDUSTRY.....and Holder did NOT RELEASE THAT INFO???? hmmmm
I know Obama is a very good pretender, but his and Emmanuel's actions this past week are not consistent with people who were tipped off and knew what was coming down. They're acting like they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Hiding from the press, refusing to answer questions, taking a week to gather information that should have taken a day and still not being forthcoming.
If they knew what was going on, they would have formulated a plan of action to deal with it and there would have been nothing amiss if they had acknowledged that they knew about the investigation and were cooperating fully with the investigators. In Obama's first press conference after Blago's arrest, he said neither he nor anyone from his staff had been contacted by investigators.
There’s 3 WEEKS of TAPES MISSING from Fitzy’s report.
I think you are correct that Zero with his arrogance was doing just that. Trying to get the price down or even with his arrogance figuring he didn’t have to pay now would be about right. Just like the Godfather — make him an offer he can’t refuse.
That deserves it’s own thread!
Yes, she was. Michelle Malkin has a new piece (posted here somewhere) that discusses more on Patti.
Maybe those are the ones he can make a case with and maybe the reason Rahm is staying so quiet but to date there’s been nothing leaked that suggests any wrong doing by Obama’s people and I simply refuse to get my hopes up until there is something truly damaging revealed.
“Appreciation” can come in forms other than a hand written thank you note. The word “appreciation” is the new “depends on what the definition of ‘is’,is.”
LOL.....and all the while O knew nothing about it!
The O has already put his foot in his mouth. The msm is covering up for him to the point of the ridiculous.
As in Mike Barnicle insisting that O is pure because he, Barnicle, just knows it in his gut.
Holder is just sloppy, kind of like Sandy Burglar was just sloppy when he absconded with the classified documents.
Things that make you go, hmmmmmm.
For someone who's supposed to be so brilliant, his intellect contains an awful LOT of pockets of specialized stupidity.
That's the number 1 question the MSM needs to be asking. There's got to be at least 1 conservative investigative journalist somewhere out there who can dig into this.
Who did Barnicle steal that line from?
Probably the best thing about Blago Gate is that Obama’s alreaady used the “not the man I knew” excuse after his 20+year relationship with Wright, the “I knew nothing about it” defense after the illegal meeting over NAFTA, and the “just a guy in my neighborhood” line to cover his financial partnership with Ayres...he’s running out of excuses.
So now we're up to 5 cabinet members with clouds hanging over them ...... Emmanuel, Richardson, Jarrett, Richardson and now Holder.
That is some....INTERESTING wording.
What this thread needs is a little more background:
(make sure you see Doug’s link and the rest: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/10/aerial-photos-of-barack-obamas-stunning.html)
(and see the next link: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/11/jarretts-deplor.html)
BS, Obama pushed for Val to get it, she’s his rib more than Michelle. I give them an F for effort (because I cache documents and columns before they scrub, and the relationship is well known with Rezko in a dress).
See Habitat/Grove Parc/Allison Davis/etc.
Also, there’s the little thing about her being on the board of Kindhearts charity with Hatem el Hady, which ending up being a terror funder/supporter.
Terrorist Fundraisers for Obama
By Patrick Poole
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts for his newest cause - Barack Obama for President.
El-Hady has his own dedicated page on Barack Obamas official website, chronicling his fundraising on behalf of the Democratic Party presidential candidate (his Obama profile established on February 19, 2008 - two years to the day after Kindhearts was raided by the feds). Not only that, but he has none other than Barack Obamas wife, Michelle Obama, listed as one of his friends (one of her 224 listed friends).
But his leadership of Kindhearts is not the only thing that has brought him scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials. Last summer, El-Hady was questioned by the FBI concerning his knowledge of possible conspirators in a UK-based terror plot.
Hatem El-Hadys interest in change is understandable. Following the closure of Kindhearts, he said in response to the governments closure of his organization:
Its dirty politics, said Dr. Hatem Elhady, chairman of the board of KindHearts, which raised $5.1 million in 2004. They do not like the way things are going in Palestine. They do not like the election results. But that is not our problem. Our problem is providing aid to people in desperate need of help.
The Department of Justice had a very different version of events. According to the DOJ, Kindhearts assumed the role of lead terrorist fundraising in the US after the government had closed other such Islamic charities:
KindHearts is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving, said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
One thing I can say, at least I know she was born in Iran...
More later... that’s just two connections, there’s a lot more.
OT: might as well add a lineup (even though he left out Auchi, Alsammarae, Massuda, Almanaseer, Pritzer, Soros, Ali, Rogers, Stroger, Whittaker, Kelly, Levine, others):
Make that 4.
Argh! Shut down.
Bingo. See from Machine Operative down. Public Housing Limbo, etc.
Sorry to say, it’s almost every single one of them... seriously.
If nothing else, this scandal should at least enlighten some members of the press corps to the fact that Obama is just another evasive, stinkingly corrupt politician. However, MSNBC will retain their cabinet-level position of Marxist Cheerleader.
Shouldn’t that be The house that Obamblagojevichrezko built.
interesting, very interesting. I’m thinking that osamaobams isn’t going to get tripped up on the senate seat auction, (because if Jesse Jackson was cooperating with the feds for over a year I guarantee that he tipped osamaobama off) but rather the purchase of the home\land.
JJJ’s wife was denied a position on the Illinois Gaming board by Blank-O, because JJJ didn’t pay the $25,000
Also an undercover cop who helped put several crooks away says the Blank=O was a bookie on the North side for the mob before he went into politics......Is that sort of like being a community organizer?