The temperature in Chicago this past weekend was all over the place. On Friday it was in the 20’s, on Saturday it reached the high 30’s and rained. On Sunday when we left it was in the 50’s and we were uber dressed for the trip home.
The political climate never warmed up. It stayed in the deep freeze and most of the people I spoke to were “matter of fact” about Blagojevich. They expected something like this to happen, it was not a big surprise to them. They have been living in the shadow of Blagojevich shenanigans for years, and most knew it was only a matter of time before his actions brought him to the attention of the feds.
The Chicago Tribune this past Sunday had many editorial comments as well as jabs from the reporters who have reason to jab. Blago wanted them fired. He put the pressure on to have them fired. He thought he had the power to get them fired. Well Rod, who is holding the high cards these days?
David Letterman has added a new word to our language. He called one of the charges against the governor “Blagojeviching”. Then we have all the different ways the news stations chose to report on the variety of expletives the Blagojevich family used on the phone. The on air choice was “bleeping.” WBBM-TV got even bolder using the term “effing”. I have a posting coming in the next couple days about living in Chicago in the 1980’s and I actually have a story in which “effing” is a big part of the tale. I was one step ahead of WBBM.
Chicago public radio ran the gamut with their reporting using “F-em,” “bleeping,” “effing” and “expletive”.
Yesterday I heard now that he has hired Genson to represent him that he may just sit there and remain Illinois governor. Stepping down on his own is going would look like an admission of guilt and while it may be the best thing to do, all charges are alleged, and alleged is not proof of guilt. I know that is not a popular stance to take in writing, but that is how the game is played. All the way back to Teddy Kennedy and Chappaquiddick the same defense was deployed. Sad, but true and as I said before “Money talks and bullshit walks.” Impeachment is so expensive – more tax payer burden that tax payers do not need.
Now we have Patti Blagojevich’s apology to their neighbors for all the noise, confusion and general pain in the ass disruption of their neighborhood.
The perpetual sound of helicopter rotors is a very annoying sound, I empathize with the Blago neighbors. 4 years ago this April I listened to helicopters for hours hovering over our neighborhood on an infamous child abduction case. I understand the annoyance. However I would be even more annoyed if I received the following note of apology:
My husband and I would like to apologize to you and your family for the media barrage that descended on our neighborhood. While we signed up for this kind of attention by choosing a life in public service, you didn’t. All you did was choose to live in our wonderful neighborhood.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you. We hope it will soon subside, not only for the sake of our children but also for you and your family. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy NEW YEAR.
Is this sincerety or public relations? I choose the latter, but it is a little late for damage control Patti – and your until this all comes to an end your neighbor’s will remain annoyed.