Blagojevich on Letterman

Blagojevich on Letterman

Rod Blagojevich, recently removed from office as Illinois Governor, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight.

It’s not fair. The man hasn’t even had his day in court yet. Why was he subjected to this punishment?

Letterman: Why exactly are you here? Honest to God…

Blagojevich: Well, you know, I’ve been wanting to be on your show in the worst way for the longest…

Letterman: Well, you’re on in the worst way.

Transcript and video here.

Blagojevich is a TV freakshow. Watching him is like watching Tammy Faye Bakker or Kato Kaelin.
David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun

Blagojevich may have turned himself into enough of a celebrity to land a fat book deal — if he can stay out of jail
Howard Kurtz, Washington Post

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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2 Responses to “Blagojevich on Letterman”

  1. Jim Richards Says:

    Blagojevich has a Napoleonic complex as big as the state of Texas. I live in Illinois and have seen him tie up the typical “Springfield budget battles” for months because of his spending and pork. I was doing audio for an interview when the I-355 extension opened up and to hear him talk, he built the road with his own two hands.

    When the tapes first came out, his language didn’t surprise me at all. It’s all in that little pea-brain of his that his way is the only way. He’s a Chicago-style politician who took cues from the way Richard J Daley used to run things, except Richie commanded respect. Blago only commands contempt.

    Letterman did his homework. Even got down to Blago’s father-in-law DIck Mell. Usually Letterman gets kind of goofy at times and I thought he might treat Blago like a stage prop. Not so. Letterman gave him a drubbing and the interview was really a lot more in depth than I would have imagined.

    “Here’s the all new Ronco ‘Lettermatic”…it slices, it dices, it makes all your chopping easy…”

    My fianl comment is “Ding dong, the ‘vich’ is dead….”

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Jim Richards Says: Letterman did his homework.

    Mr. Letterman grew up in Indianapolis, three hours down Rte.65 from Chicago and about the same distance from Springfield.

    Even got down to Blago’s father-in-law DIck Mell.

    Mr. Blagojevich actually brought up the subject of his father-in-law first; I was amazed, given that their feud was about the denial of a favor to one of Mr. Mell’s political donors, just the kind of shady deal Mr. Blagojevich is accused of. While the tradition of Chicago ward politics regards this as “fovor-for-favor” and therefore “honest graft,” it does not pass the 21st century smell test.

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