Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blagojevich: Judge saved me from eating bugs

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who went on a whirlwind national media tour before his impeachment, just can't let it go.

This morning he appeared on NBC's "Today" show. It was his first interview since he was attacked by a media horde after a federal judge denied him permission to travel to the jungles of Costa Rica to participate in the reality show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here."
At that Tuesday hearing, U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel expressed some concern that Blagojevich might not come back for his political corruption trial and suggested he could make best use of his time by going through the evidence against him so he might see just how much trouble he is in.

But this morning, Blagojevich said he didn't think the judge had said he was a flight risk. But he conceded: "The judge did save me from eating bugs."

He added he still had not given up hope of playing some sort of role on the TV show, even though NBC has said it wouldn't move production of the show to the U.S. to accommodate Blagojevich. He said he was flying to Los Angeles this morning for discussions.

Asked by host Meredith Viera if he wasn't damaging his credibility and perhaps "making a fool of himself" by pursuing ventures such as the reality show, Blagojevich pretty much ducked the question.

But he explained his situation in part by saying, "I have two little girls and a mortgage to pay. Obviously, I'm looking for a new line of work."
We should be proud of ourselves. He is no longer running our state and that also means he no longer represents Illinois as he had when he got arrested and the ensuing firestorm that came after it.

I heard that when the Cubs were in the playoffs last year he was booed at Wrigley, but he seemed oblivious. I saw this on a blog that suggested that he's enjoying the notoriety. He probably is or he probably thinks they're booing someone else because he fights for good and right, no one can possibly boo him!

Anyway we can infer one thing from how he understands his indictment and his coming court trial. He just plain doesn't understand. Who knows why?

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