Things have been going extremely well for President-elect Barack Obama. He has renewed the hope of millions in the country, giving us inspirational speeches of change and new ways for America to rebuild its respect in the foreign world and to get us out of the current economic crisis. With six weeks left to Inauguration Day, President-elect Obama has been scoring high marks in polls, with majority of Americans approving his transition of power steps.
With his high polls, favoring his handling of the transition and stepping in to find solutions for the economic crisis, it is looking like the Obama Presidency will set records of approval in American view.
This morning, however, reports surfaced that President-elect’s home state Governor Rod Blagojevich, has been arrested on corruption charges. I must say, when the news first broke, I was shocked and surprised that the FBI arrested the Illinois Governor. During the news conference, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, gave stunning information about the allegations that led to he arrest of the Illinois Governor Blagojevich. It was not the usual new conference filled with no comments, and refusal to discuss the allegations.
I must say, that I was surprised by the amount of information given at the news conference and how willing the U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald was to discuss the allegations. The main allegation is that Gov. Blagojevich tried to sell the Senate seat left empty by President-elect Obama. No doubt, that this Senate seat successor will get a lot of publicity, considering the historic election and the historic figure that once sat in the Senate seat. However, Gov. Blagojevich’s disgraceful actions to profit from the Senate seat nomination is a disturbing reminder that politicians are corrupt.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, has been wiretapped in his home and recorded as stating that he wants to make money off of the Senate seat opportunity. He wanted to financially secure himself and his wife, using the historic Senate seat nomination. In one conversation, per CNN reports, Gov. Blagojevich, even considered nominating himself for the Senate seat. There is no doubt, no better way to promote yourself than to go from a Governor job to a Senate seat.
From what it sounds, the wiretapping is just the first step into the investigation of Gov. Blagojevich. U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald promised further investigation, and there may be other individuals involved. We may be surprised to find more corruption in the state of Illinois, the dealings of the Governor, more payoffs and personal benefits. There may as well be more individuals involved in his illegal schemes, who will certainly find themselves in the same situation as the Illinois Governor today.
While there may be other individuals involved in the illegal government corruption, I certainly hope that President-elect Barack Obama had no knowledge or involvement with Gov. Blagojevich. President-elect Obama has given many new hope in government, promising to restore Washington. Any involvement in these corruption charges would only fuel the fire of his opponents, who have already spent resources trying to tie Barack Obama to other questionable individuals. Obama’s involvement or knowledge of any of these dealings will only help his opponents in trying to say that Obama deals with individuals who do not have our best interest in mind. During the election, Gov. Sarah Palin, had spent much time trying to put doubt into voter’s mind by mentioning Obama and Bill Ayers. Even going as far as trying to say that Barack Obama is somehow tied to terrorists, putting fear in voters.
The election of Barack Obama to be our first African-American President has been historic. It is a change approved by millions of Americans and millions of people all around the world. It is a promise of hope, a new dawn for America and hope for middle-class America to once again be fruitful. Any ties of Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the corruption charges would be devastating. While the Governor had bad judgment, and tried to seize the opportunity for personal financial benefit, I certainly hope that President-elect Obama had no knowledge or any dealings with him. Finding out any links or knowledge in these allegations would be hurtful to all of the voters who cast their voices for Obama. Knowing that his speeches were nothing but empty words would be disappointing, as he would end up being just another corrupt politician, like so many of them are already.