Rod Blagojevich: ‘I’m Blacker Than Barack Obama’

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Sometimes it seems like Rod Blagojevich is legitimately crazy. Other times it's blatantly obvious. Blago is in full Blago form in an Esquire interview in the upcoming February issue that just went online. Most of the article is taken up with the former Governor defending the actions resulted in his impeachment, recounting the things he's done support his family since then and talking about his childhood friend who looks like Fabio.

But the real juice starts when the topic turns to national politics.

First there's this:


"David Axelrod called me the day after John Kerry lost to Bush—Wednesday—and he said, 'You need to think about running for president in 2008. A new face from the Midwest to challenge Hillary Clinton.'"


(Ben Smith is checking with Axelrod on that.) And then there's the money shot:


"It's such a cynical business, and most of the people in the business are full of shit and phonies, but I was real, man—and am real. This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the fuck? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter. 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 we lived. I saw it all growing up."


Nicely done Blago. You've just guaranteed that people will be talking about you all week!

The Notorious Blago [Esquire]