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Blago drama for Obama RAHM EMANUEL | Pressed for Jarrett appointment to Senate
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 17, 2008 | BY NATASHA KORECKI AND FRAN SPIELMAN

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bho2008; blagojevich; bleepgate; emanuel; obama; obamatransitionfile; rahm
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1 posted on 12/17/2008 6:02:34 AM PST by malkee
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To: malkee

bookmark


2 posted on 12/17/2008 6:04:33 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Obama: He was just a Governor who lived in my neighborhood.)
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To: malkee
MSNBC says “Obama source tells NBC Sun Times is not accurate” :)
3 posted on 12/17/2008 6:05:10 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: malkee

Is this part of the conversations the Obama camp’s internal investigation deemed “appropriate”?


4 posted on 12/17/2008 6:06:08 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: malkee

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.


5 posted on 12/17/2008 6:06:50 AM PST by IMissPresidentReagan (I'd rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job. www.reaganaction.com)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Maybe we should ignore the story. Sarc.


6 posted on 12/17/2008 6:07:05 AM PST by malkee (Abigail Adams is my role model.)
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To: mainepatsfan

It’s not the crime, or non-crime, it’s the coverup!


7 posted on 12/17/2008 6:09:04 AM PST by NeoCaveman (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: mainepatsfan
I have a question. Many pundits have argued that Obama couldn't have been playing ball with Blago because Blago referred to Obama just giving him "appreciation" and called Obama names.

Does no one think that Obama might have been playing hardball just to get the "price" down?

8 posted on 12/17/2008 6:09:10 AM PST by Dianna
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To: malkee

Nobama is not even in office and already there is more controversy....and yet those bubbleheaded sheeple voted in this guy.....it’s unbelievable.


9 posted on 12/17/2008 6:10:44 AM PST by Fawn (I want my bailout too!!!!)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


10 posted on 12/17/2008 6:11:17 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: malkee
Drip, drip, drip...

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.

11 posted on 12/17/2008 6:11:56 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: malkee

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.”


12 posted on 12/17/2008 6:12:16 AM PST by randita
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To: malkee

Emanuel was doing Obama’s bidding......anyone raelly think he was pushing Jarrett for himself??? yeah, right.


13 posted on 12/17/2008 6:12:40 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: malkee

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.


14 posted on 12/17/2008 6:12:40 AM PST by saganite
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To: Dianna

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?


15 posted on 12/17/2008 6:14:09 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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???


16 posted on 12/17/2008 6:14:09 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: malkee

Does anyone know if Patti Blogo was the real estate agent who handled the obama\rezko real estate deal? Just curious.


17 posted on 12/17/2008 6:15:55 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Dianna; xzins
I have a question. Many pundits have argued that Obama couldn't have been playing ball with Blago because Blago referred to Obama just giving him "appreciation" and called Obama names.

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.

18 posted on 12/17/2008 6:16:00 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: randita

Holder and BLAGO tied together with the GAMING INDUSTRY.....and Holder did NOT RELEASE THAT INFO???? hmmmm


19 posted on 12/17/2008 6:16:24 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: Abathar
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 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.

20 posted on 12/17/2008 6:16:26 AM PST by randita
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To: saganite

There’s 3 WEEKS of TAPES MISSING from Fitzy’s report.


21 posted on 12/17/2008 6:17:16 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: Dianna

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.


22 posted on 12/17/2008 6:21:13 AM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: STARWISE; maggief; retrokitten

Ping!!


23 posted on 12/17/2008 6:21:30 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: randita

That deserves it’s own thread!


24 posted on 12/17/2008 6:25:28 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: mrmargaritaville
Does anyone know if Patti Blogo was the real estate agent who handled the obama\rezko real estate deal? Just curious.

Yes, she was. Michelle Malkin has a new piece (posted here somewhere) that discusses more on Patti.

25 posted on 12/17/2008 6:26:06 AM PST by Dianna
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To: Ann Archy

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.


26 posted on 12/17/2008 6:28:25 AM PST by saganite
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To: Dianna

“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.”


27 posted on 12/17/2008 6:30:48 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: malkee

LOL.....and all the while O knew nothing about it!

Right!!!!


28 posted on 12/17/2008 6:38:37 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: Abathar

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.


29 posted on 12/17/2008 6:40:38 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: randita

Holder is just sloppy, kind of like Sandy Burglar was just sloppy when he absconded with the classified documents.


30 posted on 12/17/2008 6:42:02 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: randita

Things that make you go, hmmmmmm.


31 posted on 12/17/2008 6:49:12 AM PST by Girlene
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To: malkee
"The disclosure comes days after Obama's camp downplayed Jarrett's interest in the post."

For someone who's supposed to be so brilliant, his intellect contains an awful LOT of pockets of specialized stupidity.

32 posted on 12/17/2008 6:49:55 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: mainepatsfan
how did Blago know that all the Obama camp would give him was appreciation if they had no discussions?

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.

33 posted on 12/17/2008 6:52:58 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Carley

Who did Barnicle steal that line from?


34 posted on 12/17/2008 6:57:34 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: malkee

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.


35 posted on 12/17/2008 7:00:51 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: Ann Archy
Holder and BLAGO tied together with the GAMING INDUSTRY.....and Holder did NOT RELEASE THAT INFO???? hmmmm

So now we're up to 5 cabinet members with clouds hanging over them ...... Emmanuel, Richardson, Jarrett, Richardson and now Holder.

36 posted on 12/17/2008 7:01:46 AM PST by jersey117
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To: randita
"Someone is putting the heat on Emmanuel and Obama and keeping this story on the front page.

Who and why?"

PUMAs maybe?

37 posted on 12/17/2008 7:02:58 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: randita
"...an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama’s transition team indicated late Tuesday.”

That is some....INTERESTING wording.

38 posted on 12/17/2008 7:05:14 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: All

What this thread needs is a little more background:

http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/the-valerie-jarrett-reader/

http://rightvoices.com/2008/10/19/obama-the-slum-lordmore-interested-in-the-kickback-then-the-poor-that-he-claims-to-represent/

(make sure you see Doug’s link and the rest: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/10/aerial-photos-of-barack-obamas-stunning.html)

http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2008/nov/obama-advisor-valerie-jarrett-linked-real-estate-scandals

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/11/jarrett-a-sluml.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 Obama’s 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 Obama’s 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-Hady’s interest in “change” is understandable. Following the closure of Kindhearts, he said in response to the government’s closure of his organization:

“It’s 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):

http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/the-lineup-a-whos-who-of-the-associates-of-barack-obama/


39 posted on 12/17/2008 7:09:06 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: jersey117

Make that 4.


40 posted on 12/17/2008 7:09:54 AM PST by jersey117
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Argh! Shut down.

http://www.rezkorama.com/


41 posted on 12/17/2008 7:11:17 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: malkee
The house that Obamblagojevich built.


42 posted on 12/17/2008 7:13:59 AM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Ann Archy

Bingo. See from Machine Operative down. Public Housing Limbo, etc.

http://nalert.blogspot.com/search?q=valerie+jarrett


43 posted on 12/17/2008 7:15:54 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: jersey117

Sorry to say, it’s almost every single one of them... seriously.


44 posted on 12/17/2008 7:19:38 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: malkee

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.


45 posted on 12/17/2008 7:20:31 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

Shouldn’t that be The house that Obamblagojevichrezko built.


46 posted on 12/17/2008 7:21:41 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: jersey117; Ann Archy
How about 2 cabinet appointees and 2 senior advisers.
47 posted on 12/17/2008 7:31:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Dianna

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.


48 posted on 12/17/2008 7:37:57 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: AmericanMade1776
Or, the house that Obamblagojevichrezkoemanueljackson built...


49 posted on 12/17/2008 7:46:07 AM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: randita

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?


50 posted on 12/17/2008 7:48:39 AM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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