"Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me…"

The opening line from the childhood song could be Rod Blagojevich’s lament.  He should have eaten the worms.  Stuffed his big mouth full of them.  Maybe all those FBI tapes would have been garbled.

“Blagojevich was invited to Barack Obama’s historic Election Day rally — only if he agreed not to show up.”

He was invited to the party but no one really wanted him there.  Poor Rod.  What’s a governor to do?  According to tapes and trial testimony, Blaogjevich tried- demanded and begged- to get credentials to attend the Grant Grant Park Election Day Rally.  Camp Obama wanted no part of him.  As a sop, they issued the credentials- so long as he agreed not to attend.  It would have been bad form and worse press had they not.  He was still the governor, after all, and the highest ranking elected Democrat in the state.

Blago, true to form, reneged on the deal.  He showed up with his massive ego.  Afterward, he had the temerity to complain he was treated by Team Obama like he was toxic.  Nobody liked him. Everybody hated him.

“I f—— busted my a– and pissed people off and gave your grandmother a free f—— ride on a bus. OK? I gave your f—— baby a chance to have health care,” Blagojevich is heard saying on tape. “And what do I get for that? Only 13 percent of you all out there think I’m doing a good job. So f— all of you.”

There he is.  Complaining again that no one likes him.  Everyone hates him.  Of course he neglects to say he pissed people off because he helped bankrupt the state for the free rides and unfunded child health care plan.  Along with all the attendant publicity swirling about his blatant corruption.  He fails to realize the people knew he was destined for a big fall.  It was never a matter of if the Government indicted him- it was a matter of when.

“Tell them to hold up that f—— Cubs s—,” she said. “F— them. F— them. What kind of bulls— is that?”
Later in the tape, Patti Blagojevich is heard going on about the editorial board:
“Just fire them . . . what would William Randolph Hearst do?”
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That is his wife.  Poddy Mouth Patty.  She was interjecting her opinion of a deal to save the Cubs with state money.  William Randolph Hearst would have kept Blago on the front pages and interior pages of his newspapers.  Hearst would have bought more ink and tons more paper for extra editions.  Hearst loved a good story- true or not.  He loved to print them even more.

Hearst loved disasters even better.  Blaogjevich was a continuing disaster in the making.  Hearst would not be intimidated by a political tyro too big for his britches.  He would have saved the Cubs with his own money and destroyed Blago.  Hearst’s ego, lust for revenge, and noted anger were bigger than his fortune.

Other revelations claim Blagojevich was the epitome of a ghost payroller.  He was usually missing in action, especially when critical decisions had to be made.  He put in less than a full day’s work per week.

He was a true Chicago Democratic Machine hack. He just dressed better than the rest.  

Source: Chicago Sun Times


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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