Ace of Spades HQ has a photo of Obama meeting with Blagojevich at a National Governors Association meeting Last Tuesday (meaning Dec 2). This photo is juxtaposed with a quote from Obama this past Tuesday (Dec 9) that he “had no contact” with Blago.
The “no contact” statment was made the day Blago was arrested on charges of trying to sell Obama’s senate seat amoung other things. Here’s the quote, in context, from the ABC story:
Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.” (ABCNews)
Did you catch that? Did you see how he changed that last sentence from “we were not” to “I was not“? We’re playing word games again here. We are back in the era of Bill Clinton and “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” (Youtube) Also, He didn’t say he had “never” had contact with Blago. Just that he had “no contact.” But does that mean no contact ever? or just no contact today, this week, this month? It does not mean he’s never talked to the man. Just that he hasn’t talked to him recently.
Of course President-elect Obama was not aware of the deals going on for his Senate seat. It’s called plausible deniability. Obama was not invovled in the talks at all. That was Axelrod’s job. He was the one who orginally told FoxNews that he had been talking to Blago, then after Blago’s arrest said he “misspoke.” (ABCNews)
Be careful. Obama is just as particular about his words as Clinton and Kerry are. Plus, he comes from the corrupt Chicago politcal machine. Don’t think for a second that he is stupid enough to get caught doing something like this. He didn’t get where he is today by being dumb.