Disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich continued his press blitz with a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman tore Blago a new one and asked him point blank, "Why are you here again?" Our review of the appearance was that David Letterman definitely won this sparring match with Blagojevich looking desperate as he tried to explain that he didn't do anything wrong and would be vindicated. It wasn't a good idea for Blagojevich to mention the scenario about people saying that David Letterman's Top 10 sucks as an example to illustrate his innocence.
Watch Blago squirm on Letterman's hot seat and discuss his impeachment if you missed it.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to reiterate his innocence and recast his image in another slew of television appearances, including CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," a publicist said Monday. Blagojevich will appear Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show, CNN's "Larry King Live," Fox's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" and Letterman's show. "It's important for him to be able to send the message that he didn't do these things and ... that he didn't let the public down," said his publicist, Glenn Selig. Blagojevich, who was removed from office last week, faces federal corruption charges including allegations he tried to profit from President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. He has said repeatedly that he did nothing wrong. Selig acknowledged that he's concerned Blagojevich could be the butt of jokes, particularly during the scheduled interview with Letterman. Blagojevich will not discuss details of the federal government's criminal allegations during any of his appearances, he said. Blagojevich went on a media blitz last week, even boycotting part of his impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate to appear on ABC's "The View" and "Good Morning, America." He was removed from office Thursday. Since being booted from office, Blagojevich has spent time with his wife and two daughters at their Chicago home. Selig declined to give details on what Blagojevich has planned for the future or if he has any job offers. SOURCE AP
Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been given a roasting by US talk show host David Letterman, as he claimed he would be "vindicated" over police allegations that he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant senate seat.
Facing a catalogue of jibes, Mr Blagojevich repeatedly maintained his innocence, claiming he expected to wake up and discover "this is just one big misunderstanding".
Last night's appearance was the latest in a string of talk shows featuring the former Illinois governor as he continues to protest his innocence - despite being impeached and removed from office last week by a unanimous Senate vote.
The charges include an allegation - which police say is backed by telephone recordings - that he tried to sell the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama when he won the presidential election.
The assault began as soon as Mr Blagojevich sat down for last night's recording of the Late show with David Letterman, when his said: "Why exactly are you here?"
Mr Blagojevich replied: "Well, you know that I have wanted to be on your show in the worst way for a long time."
Letterman then retorted: "Well, you're on in the worst way, believe me."
The host joked that the more he appeared on talk shows and repeated his claims of innocence, the more he said to himself: "Oh, this guy is guilty."
Later, citing three previous Illinois governors with corruption convictions - including Mr Blagojevich's immediate predecessor, Republican George Ryan, who is currently in prison - Letterman joked: "Is this just part of the oath of office that you guys take?"
Mr Blagojevich retorted: "I'd like your listeners to know, and everybody in Illinois and anyone else who's listening that, unlike those, I'll be vindicated. I did nothing wrong."