Friday, June 19, 2009

5 Things Obama Didn't Know (But Should've) - Number 1

1. That Blago Would Try to Sell Obama's Senate Seat
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich recognized that the US Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama was a valuable thing, so he tried to find out just how valuable it was. Unfortunately there was no Craigslist category that would adequately describe a US Senate seat, and denizens of Ebay probably wouldn't have even batted an eye at such a perfectly normal item for sale.

Besides, how do you describe Barack Obama's senate seat in a text ad?

"ONE US SENATE SEAT!
Hardly used. Always present."

No, poor Blago just had to make some phone calls.

And the FBI just had to record some phone calls, cause that's what they do. In this case, the making of and recording of said phone calls overlapped. As a side-note, you already have to be doing some suspicious stuff for the FBI to tap your phone line, so this Blago character was probably in for it before he ever tried to do something as stupid as sell a spot in the senate.

There was speculation that Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel was either the person on the other end of the phone calls or was referenced a number of times in the phone calls. Not to worry though; the Obama team did an internal investigation and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Yeah. The Obama team checked into the actions of the Obama team and discovered that the Obama team had done nothing wrong in the attempted sale of Obama's senate seat. mmm-kay.

This is the fifth part of a five-post series. Be sure to check previous posts from this week as I counted down the 5 Things Obama Didn't Know (But Should've)

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