Blagojevich: ‘I’m Blacker Than Barack Obama, I Shined Shoes’
January 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The foolishness and crassness that passes for national discourse these days is certainly disheartening. Case in point: Esquire Magazine has given disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a platform to spout profanity-laden nonsense to promote his upcoming appearance on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” In the interview, the deposed governor of Illinois says that, because he once held a job as a shoe shiner and he grew up poor, that makes him “blacker” than President Obama. There is so much wrong with that statement on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin.
During the Esquire interview, Blagojevich, who is white and also facing federal criminal charges of bribery and corruption, compared his upbringing to President Obama’s and decided that made him “blacker,” because you know, all black people are poor and live in ghettos:
“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little Laundromat in a black community not far from where he lived. I saw it all growing up,” said the disgraced Chicago politician.
Rev. Richard Bush condemned the foolish remarks. “Because one may have been through a tragic experience in their life does not mean that their ethnic cultural background makes them blacker or whiter than anyone,” said the Rev. Bush.
Pastor T.C. Raven weighed in saying, “When you look at him, you already know what color he is.”
The remainder of the Esquire interview is peppered with Blagojevich’s profanities and far-fetched statements proclaiming his innocence. When speaking of his impeachment from office and his pending corruption charges, he claims “(T)he people of Illinois had their governor stolen from them based on false accusations that were made knowingly.”
And when referring to a deal he tried to make to appoint Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the U.S. Senate in exchange for public works jobs, Blagojevich uses an “infamously vulgar word” to refer to Madigan. “In conversations over the telephone, without me saying what’s on it, because I can’t, but I recall over and over I’m saying things like, ‘If I can get this, how much do I love the people of Illinois to make that (expletive) senator?” Hint: he didn’t call her a bitch.
Blagojevich will soon be joining the cast of the new season of the reality show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He joins other disgraced politicians who appear on reality TV shows to earn some cash for their legal fees, like disgraced former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay who recently appeared on Dancing With the Stars.
And in between reality TV appearances, Blago is making ends meet as an Elvis impersonator.
Blagojevich’s corruption trial is scheduled for June 3.
See Esquire for more.