Changing the Subject

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Excerpts from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's news conference yesterday, after a 114 to 1 vote by the state House of Representatives to impeach him:

On his fights with the House:

"In my view, those of us who make the rules ought to be able to follow a simple lesson that I was taught to believe in in Sunday school called the Golden Rule: that you should do unto others as you would have others do unto you. And for those of us who make the rules, and we can provide health care to ourselves and our families, then we should be able to provide the same kind of health care to the rest of the citizens who hired us to represent them. And so, from the moment of my reelection, I've been pushing and prodding the House to expand health care. And unfortunately, they've consistently stood in the way of those expansions."

On the charges against him:

"So we're going to move forward. And I'm going to continue to fight every step of the way. Let me reassert to all of you, once more, that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing. That issue will be dealt with on a separate course, in an appropriate forum, a federal court. And I'm confident that, at the end of the day, I will be properly exonerated."

Later, he returned to criticizing the House:

"And, by the way, there's a bill that passed the Senate that the House has yet to act on. And I would suggest that while they're busy trying to throw me out of office, they may actually want to stop families from being thrown out of their homes, because when every day passes after Christmas, 400 families are being thrown out of their homes because of the foreclosure crisis. The state Senate passed a bill in November. The House is sitting on it and hasn't acted. I'd respectfully encourage them to feel free to pass that bill and keep those 400 families in their homes, who every day are being kicked out of their homes."

Parting words:

"And so I'll leave you with this poem by Tennyson, which goes like this: 'Though we are not now the strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are. One equal-temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and by fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.' "

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