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February 3, 2009

Blagojevich to visit Larry King Live and David Letterman's 'Late Show' Tuesday

Posted: 12:56 AM ET

Note: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a return visit to Larry King Live Tuesday

Rod Blagojevich, less than a week removed from his removal as governor of Illinois, is booked to visit CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday night.

Just last week, while Blagojevich was making the media rounds in New York to distract everyone from his impeachment trial, Letterman offered a Top 10 list of "Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image":

10, Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts."

9, Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop.

8, Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOOYYYYYJEVICH."

7, Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest.

6, Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape.

5, Change his name to Barod Obamavich.

4, Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River.

3, I don't know ... how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2, Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1, Uhhh ... resign?

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Mike P   February 3rd, 2009 1:16 am ET

This guy has disgraced himself, his family, his state, and OUR country. You need to just sit the f down, were sick of hearing it. I really do hate to be streotypical, but I have to put it like this if I can. Rod, you remind me of a half wit black guy I was in jail with once. It was always "that mother- DA, or the mother– Detectives, I'm gonna sue you for what your doing, I'll have my day in court " kind of thing and frankly nobody gives a s- or wants to hear your sob story, OK. Just go away!

Not a hater
Mike


jim kosner   February 3rd, 2009 3:24 am ET

Question for Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich: Why did you veto energy rate regulation two years ago? The Senate sent forth a bill to keep the energy rate we have had for ten years but you vetoed it and some suspect it was to appease your contributor energy giant COMED. Now COMED is making record breaking profits and the people of Illinois have to apply for financial aid to heat their houses. What Democrat deregulates?

Jim
Pekin, Illinois


greg from ny state   February 3rd, 2009 6:37 am ET

WHY would L King & D Letterman even WANT to interview him ??? who will watch ? not us !..dumb !!....


rob fr0m nc   February 3rd, 2009 10:03 am ET

Blago..go AWAY !


Mary Cabral   February 3rd, 2009 3:11 pm ET

Tell Blago to "give it up." We're all tired of him and his braggadocio, narcissistic self.


Dave   February 3rd, 2009 7:36 pm ET

Larry, Blagojevich is a real piece of work! He lied to all of us here in Illinois, he used us state workers like pawns in his sick twisted game of chess. He cut jobs without a second thought to the people he was affecting. Withheld funds, Used his position to benefit himself and his cronies, and pretty much held us all hostage!

He claims to be twice elected by the people of Illinois when in reality, he was elected by the ignorant, uninformed, greedy people of Chicago! Almost 90 percent of the state voted against him, but since Chicago has the majority of people, he was able to pull off the election while us down staters were once again run over by the cook, Kane, and Lake county bus of corruption.

He claims the fix was in for him, but yet when he did get the chance to defend himself here in Springfield, he failed miserably to adequately answer to any of the allegations he was facing!

I for one am glad he is finally gone and hope our new governor can fix some of the mess he and former governor George Ryan left us with. It's going to be a long tough road for all of us.

I say good riddance!


Joe S.   February 3rd, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Ask Sen. B. to take a polygraph examination administered by an accredited independent expert. According to him the findings will show his complete and total innocence.

The results are not admissible in court, thereby affording him legal protection should the results prove otherwise.

Can't wait to hear his spin on this question !

Larry, hold his feet to the fire on this one, as only you can.

Thx,
Joe (Los Angeles Police Department /Retired)


Sandra Illinois   February 3rd, 2009 8:21 pm ET

Larry, I was upset with your last interview with our ex-governor. For the listeners who are not citizens of Illinois, he is just a jerky, loud mouthed politician, but I live in Illinois and I care. You asked for questions on the last interview, however, you did not use any real legitimate concerns. I don't want to know how he is going to pay for his defense, that is important only to our ex-governor. I want to know how he justifies the decisions he has made that has brought the State of Illinois to a complete standstill.

To our ex-Governor – Don't tell me you have done all these "wonderful" things for us. In your own words, the lawmakers were not important, we, the "little" people from "little areas" were not important, only you. Sorry, but your citizens were not behind you. We understood that you did not work with the legislature, called over 35 special sessions and you did not show up. We understand that you did not spend even enough time in our capitol to effectively run our state. In every area, you let the people of Illinois down. Now the state airplane sits in Springfield and is not misused by you at your whim. Put your life back together, work on your defense, and know that our State is now in capable hands.


Gina -- downstate illinois   February 3rd, 2009 9:02 pm ET

I'm thinkn maybe Blago needs to go too Alaska and help Sara out there!! Maybe some sort of wild animal will get ahold of him and solve all of our problems and we won't have to worry about him going to NY to plead his innocense. If he were in Alaska there may be a chance that nobody has heard of him .. since half of america never heard of Palin til she was McCain's running mate.


Lori (Illinois)   February 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

He is not going to say anything about what he did about the Senate seat. He is going to deny he did anything wrong because he believes that he hasn't. He only cares about himself.

This is not Illinois politics it is Chicago politics. He never spent a lot of time in Springfield to work with the Senate or House. He hates Springfield.

Ask him why does he keep saying "He got Seniors free public Transportation" That is not true.


tom   February 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Don't buy the book.....that's all he has left..


Karen - Southern Illinois   February 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Me thinks the man "Doth protest too much"! You can look in his eyes and see his is lying. This man has had plenty of time to think up more lies to try to cover up all the other lies he has been telling everyone. He says he doesn't want to shame his family but here he is again making the talk show circuit. The man is a total fool. As far as the people of Illinois wanting him as Governor,,,the man is dellusional if he believes we do.


Lori (Illinois)   February 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Please stop asking him questions about the tapes. He is not going to answer them. Stop wasting everyone's time.

Ask him How could he compare what happened to him to Pearl Harbor?

Ask him what did he do to reduce the unemployment rate in Illinois?


Donna   February 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

LARRY PLEASE!!!

Ask him about shaking down that CEO from Childrens Memorial Hospital and threaten to take back 9 million in stage funding due to the CEO did not make a contribution to him.


j brock   February 3rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

We lost a great man today that would have worked his heart out for the american people we are really the losers here senator daschel was a great senator and he would have given us a great healthcare plan.


Vinny Samuel   February 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry,

I think Rod is guilty and just does not want to accept that he did wrong. Like President Clinton!!
At the end he will say I am sorry
Don't you have any thing more important to discuss in your show?
May be CEO's of CityCorp, GM and others


Lori (Illinois)   February 3rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

WHO CARES about what the jokes on SNL and Letterman.

Ask him the questions that we have sent you.

WE DON"T CARE ABOUT THE JOKES>


CONNIE   February 3rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

LARRY, AS A CITIZEN OF ILLINOIS, I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT OUR FORMER GOV. 'S TV INTERVIEWS. HE HAS NOT TOLD THE WHOLE TRUTH, ONLY HALF TRUTH OFFERED. HE HAS BEEN FOR HIMSELF THE LAST SIX YEARS. DID YOU KNOW THAT HE HAS NOT HAD ANY MEETINGS WITH LT. GOV IN PAST TWO YEARS. THE SEC OF STATE AND OTHER OFFICIALS HAVE NOT MET IN OFFICE WITH HIM OVER THREE YEARS. HE HAS HX OF NOT RETURNING CALLS TO ANY OF THEM OR OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. HE HAS GONE AROUND CONGRESS AND SENATE MANY MANY TIMES AND CONTINUED TO DO WHAT HE WANTED IN OUR STATE. HE WOULD JUST CALL A PRESS CONFERENCE AND TELL US WHAT HE DID. HE HAS BEEN LYING ABOUT NOT GETTING TO CALL WITNESSES AT HIS TRIAL. HE HAD THAT RIGHT, JUST COULD NOT CALL FEDERAL WITNESSES. THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE HE COULD HAD TESTIFIED FOR HIM. BUT HE CHOSE TO GO TO NEW YORK AND TALK TO THE NATION. THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS CONTINUE TO THINK HE DID ABUSE HIS POWER. HE ONLY THINKS ABOUT HIS WELL BEING AND FINANCIAL GAIN. HE IS MAKING A CLOWN OF HIMSELF AND EMBARASSING OUR STATE. YES WE DID VOTE HIM TWO TIMES. MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THE FIRST TIME FOR HIS ELECTION DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM THE SECOND TERM.


tyson   February 3rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Does this guy think that anyone believes anything he says? I personally think he should be tared and feathered and ran out of town on a rail. Since we can't do that seems like he should do some jail time, there is alot of americans out there doing time for alot less.

I'm sitting here watching him and it makes me want to puke!

I would have more respect for you Larry if you reached across that desk and punched him in the face, at least call him out on his lies!


Vicki   February 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I love this guy. I love his hair. Much better than all the shaved bald-headed looking men, (Matt Lauer Look) out there.

I don't think his case will ever go to trial either. Which of his aquaintances wants to get up on the witness stand? Not any from Chicago.


Donna   February 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Vicki you love him that much you can have him.


Wendy   February 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich is a charmer. That's why he got elected twice. If you can charm a whole state TWICE, you are GOOOOODD. Now, we know you can't believe one word out of his mouth. He's not likeable after you've heard him lie a million times. He does not fight for the people of the people of Illinois (just one person, Rod). He fired good seasoned state workers and replaced them with his inept friends losing and wasting tax money because they didn't know what they were doing. He flew back & forth from Chicago to Springfield on the taxpayer's money because he refused to live in Springfield. He's all for himself. His own father-in-law accused him of selling state jobs for $50,000 a pop before Rod made him recant it.


Janet from Chicago   February 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry - I can't believe you would bother to have Hot Rod back on your program! And what did he do this time? He failed to answer your questions AGAIN honestly and directly. Now he's "Daniel in the Lion's Den?" Please!

I hope you didn't have to pay him too much money for that garbage. Word of advice? Don't ask him back on your program. Ever. Please. It only feeds his ego and makes us sick.

If any of you still believe that Blagojevich was “railroaded” and all that other nonsense, then I think I you should view the video of the Illinois House Prosecutor making his closing argument. Listen to Mr. Ellis summarize the case against Blagojevich which led to his removal as governor.

I cannot provide a link, so you should go to YouTube and search for this phrase:

“Illinois Prosecutor Closing Argument in Impeachment Tribunal for Gov. Blagojevich”

This closing argument is just over 40 minutes in length. Again, it is available on the CSPAN channel on YouTube, but the easiest way to find it is by using the phrase above in the search box on YouTube’s main page.

There was without a doubt a pattern of abuse of power by Blagojevich, and that in a nutshell is why he was impeached. An impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the prosecutor did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported this conclusion — A PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER. That is why he was impeached, removed from office, and barred from ever holding another elected office in Illinois.


Ms. M   February 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think your ex-gov raises a good pt. who has clean hands? who is NOT guilty of raising money to run for ofc? I want to hear more & if an expose comes out, so much the better, in my opinion! How do the citizens of Illinois feel about Rahm Emanuel?


Janet from Chicago   February 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Larry - Regarding the tape you just played of Rod talking to his brother about 'the guy' promising to have the campaign donation for Rod in by the end of the year - what was the rush? Why was the end of the year so important?

Rod says it was because of "reporting" or some other such nonsense. Liar.

It was because a new ethics law was going to go into effect on January 1, 2009, and that would have made the "contribution" illegal. The guy they were trying to get money out of was being asked to donate as a way to say thank you for a piece of favorable legislation that benefited his industry - and Rod was going to sign into law. But first he wanted the donation!

That's a good example of pay-to-play politics. Hot Rod was involved in a lot of schemes like this. He says he was for the little guy? Ha! The only little guy he's looking out for is himself, his vanity, his ego, and his bank account!


Marge   February 3rd, 2009 11:15 pm ET

I am so sick of all the so called news journalists seeming to stick up for our ex governor. Impeachment was being talked about by the people of Illinois before the Fitzgeral revelation. Why not interview the people of Illinois for worthwhile interviews, especially those of us who live "downstate". (If you're not from Chicago or Illinois you might not be familiar with that expression.)


Lori (Illinois)   February 3rd, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Ms. M,

I do not like Rahm Emanuel. He was not my representative so I didn't vote for him.

I believe that everyone in politics should have their taxes reviewed very carefully before they can run for an office. Who contributed to their campaign should also be reviewed.

By the way Blogojevich was impeached for many more reasons that he keeps talking about. He could not run the govenment. He had problems before the senate seat and would have problems for the rest of his term.

He keeps stating that he supported Obama. But when Obama declared he was running for president, Blagojevich wasn't there. He wasn't on the stage or even in Springfield. When Obama introduced his vice president, once again Blogojevich wasn't there. This was all before the scandel came out. When Obama won, Blogojevich wasn't in Grant Park (and he was in Chicago). He was too busy going from TV station to TV station talking about the senate seat.

I am glad that he is out of office and can never run again. Ms. M maybe he can move to your state and run for office.


Ms. M   February 4th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Lori, everyone who believes Rod acted alone & is the only politician with dirty hands is in denial....your state had a platinum opportunity to clean house & in my opinion, closed rank to cover their collective a$$es....I get old school politics, it's the new school of self entitlement that gets me, particularly in the dem pty....if Rod wanted to move to my state, I wouldn't mind a sit down at all....I rather like him & believe we all need to hear what he knows.....I'm almost sure it extends past Cook Cty.....


kathy   February 4th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Gov. Blagojevich got thousands of women and my self free mamograms and health check ups .I feel he has not been treated fairly and anyone in this state gets due process except our gov.??
kathy Illinois


Mike Freeman   February 4th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Funny how OJ gets an opportunity to bring witness and state his case before innocence and guilt decided and a sitting governor doesn't???

Don't think anyone questions where there is smoke there is fire......but to give common criminals more rights than a governor?

If any senator had voted against impeachment they would have been turned on immediately...no wonder no one voted no...

I thought in our country it was innocent until PROVEN guilty.....in a civilized democracy this is the example I want shown.....what a dangerous precedent....


Al   February 4th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Harry Reid Senate leader of US Senate; didn't he do the same thing of selling, satisfy Senate Democrates, the senate appointee, Burris, as Rod did for Illinois? They both played politics!
The US DA, a Republican, who previously worked to break up NY
politics was sent,I believe, to attempt to make things bad for the Obama home state politicians! The Republicans have been playing
dirty for years,nothing has changed except the names of the people.
By the way, what ever happened to being' INNOCENT ' until being
tried by a Court & Jury and then judgement being determined? WhaT
A CIRCUS.


Sandra Illinois   February 4th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I hope there will be an end to this someday. It seems like people from out of state are more prone to feel our ex-govenor was railroaded. No, he wasn't and the legislators were voting exactly how we wished for them to vote. We have many good lawmakers in our state who do work for the people, but this man was not one of them. I voted for him his first term when he was "charming" and said all the right things. I did not vote for him the second term. At that time, I didn't realize the situation was so bad, but even then it was evident he wasn't functioning as a governor. By the time the federal trial is over we will all realize just how deep the evidence is against him. I do feel sorry for his daughters.


Al   February 4th, 2009 1:01 am ET

Rod should never have been impeached until having been found
guilty of a CRIME in a COURT .... the people of Illinois are the begining of leading the people of the other 49 states down the tube of
COMMUNISM. The Republicans are doing all that they can, by playing
dirty, to neglect the real need of unifying the COUNTRY. Rod was
their scape goat to show how no one should ever trust a Democrate.
It was done by BUSH's backers, to Al Gore & John Kerry. Anything to
keep democrates out of the Trust of the people of America!


Ms. M   February 4th, 2009 1:34 am ET

well I feel like I am in the minority here as all he needed was 12 votes...why the repubs would not have kept him in ofc to expose wrong doing of the dem pty in the criminal proceeding is questionable in itself....Oh but wait, your ex-gov was named in the 647 pages of pork....& Il. would not receive a dime if he were still the sitting gov....as an American opposed to this second stimulus esp with no accountibility on the first, maybe you all got rid of the scapegoat, but it looks like to me, you kept the rest of the pigs at the public trough....way to go Illinois, land of Lincoln!


Janet from Chicago   February 4th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

Former Illinois governor George Ryan (a Republican) was indicted in 2003 by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for allegedly steering state contracts in return for cash payments, vacations, and other gifts.

Now, Al, how can you say that Fitzgerald is a Republican who only goes after Democrats? It is simply not true. Thank God Fitzgerald is here in Illinois! There are a lot more corrupt individuals in this state (in both parties). They will eventually be caught and made to answer for their crimes.

If any of you who are sticking up for Blagojevich are not from Illinois, then you do not have the whole story. Scroll back up to my previous post that mentions where you can find the closing argument made at the trial - the FAIR impeachment trial - which Blagojevich CHOSE not to be a part of until the very end. Watch it. Get the other side of the story.

Let me say again that an impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the Illinois House Prosecutor (David Ellis) did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported the impeachment. That is another reason why the vote to impeach was unanimously made by all 59 Illinois Senators. Blagojevich was impeached, removed from office, and barred from ever holding another elected office in Illinois because there was a pattern of abuse of power. It WAS proven and Blagojevich offered NO defense to disprove it because he was too busy going on his media blitz.

He was not impeached because of all the good things he did for this state. He was impeached because of all the bad things he did to this state. He abused his gubernatorial power. It was proven.

Now he is a private citizen. He will have his day in criminal court and you will see what his defense is at that time. I think he's trying to taint the jury pool by going on this media blitz, but that's my opinion. He will not have the luxury of boycotting that criminal trial to go on another media blitz crying poor me, it's so unfair, I'm innocent, blah blah blah.


Janet from Chicago   February 4th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

There's one more thing I'd like to clear up for Al who says, "The US DA, a Republican, who previously worked to break up NY politics was sent, I believe, to attempt to make things bad for the Obama home state politicians!"

Wow. Let's look at the facts. Barack Obama served three terms as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. Obama was the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned following his election to the presidency.

This is from Fitzgerald's bio: "Patrick J. Fitzgerald began serving as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois on September 1, 2001. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent and President Bush signed his commission on October 29, 2001. "

Now how could Fitzgerald be "sent" to harass Democrats in "Obama's home state" in 2001 at a time when Mr. Obama was a senator in Illinois' general assembly?


Janet from Chicago   February 4th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

To Ms M. who says, "….if Rod wanted to move to my state, I wouldn’t mind a sit down at all….I rather like him & believe we all need to hear what he knows…..I’m almost sure it extends past Cook Cty….."

You can have him! He needs a job. Do you have one for him that doesn't involve the media? Please ... take him away and keep him out of the spotlight!

As for corruption extending past Cook County, you bet it does! The corruption in this city, county, and state is insidious. Our new Governor Patrick Quinn has promised to "fumigate" the state government, and I believe he will. He needs help from our state's Attorney General Lisa Madigan in addition to our U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Quinn knows he has our support because we are sick of being the joke of the nation. It's time to clean house!


Sharon   February 19th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

My comment is regarding the racist cartoon posted by the NY Post. With the current state of the economy, the working class are becoming homeless and loosing jobs and NY Post is upset because we have a President that is actually trying to resolve these issues and for this he should be displayed as a monkey? No correction a dead monkey for signing a stimulus bill to restart the economy. How deep does your ignorance go? Where is your common sense and good judgment. Or are the Republicans, Editor in Chief of the NY Post and the top 10% wealthiest individuals all complete idiots. Contrary to what the NY Post's cartoonist might think. Most black Americans are NOT shocked. We were actually wondering what took you so long. We know the Republicans and loathsome individuals such as this cartoonist were calling President Obama every racist, derogatory, and disrespectful racial slur that they could think of while in the private company of their fellow peers. But lets not get it twisted. Think. This is not 1968. Young Americans are not going to be docile if something should happend to Our President.


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