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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 26, 2008 / 29 Kislev 5769

Obama Avoids Blagojevich Poison

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If we learned anything from the recent report on the contacts between Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich, it is that Obama considered the governor to be pure poison.


Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on charges of conspiracy and soliciting bribes. He is accused by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of conspiring to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. And Fitzgerald says he has tapes of Blagojevich to back up his charges.


After Blagojevich was arrested, the first question immediately became what kind of contact there was between him and Obama.


According to a report released Tuesday by Obama's White House counsel-designate Greg Craig, there was none.


According to the report, "The President-Elect had no contact or communication with Gov. Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat."


But that is exactly what is so interesting. Why did Obama not speak to the governor about the seat?


After all, it was Obama's seat that needed to be filled, and the governor possessed the sole power to fill it.


Such a conversation would have been normal, natural and completely legal.


But it never took place. Why? Because Obama was far too smart. Many people in Illinois knew that Blagojevich was under investigation, and Obama clearly wanted to keep him at arm's length.


True, Obama's White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel did have "one or two" telephone conversations with the governor and had "a brief discussion with the governor about the Senate seat and the merits of various people whom the governor might consider."


But according to the report - and this point is made several times - at no time "did the president-elect hear of a suggestion that the governor expected a personal benefit in return for making this appointment to the Senate."


This is a key point. If Obama or anybody on his staff knew that the governor was trying to shake people down, they had a duty to report it to the proper authorities. This report emphasizes that Obama and his staff did not know of any shakedown attempts.


We do know, however, that the governor grew angry with Obama. According to the federal prosecutor, the governor is captured on tape being furious that Obama's people were not willing to play ball with him.


At one point, the governor says: "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. (Bleep) them."


This reflects well on Obama and his staff. But how did the governor know that Obama's people were not willing to give him anything? The Obama people say they were never solicited. The governor's comments seem to indicate that his solicitations failed.


The answer to that and other questions might not be known until Blagojevich goes on trial.


All we know now for sure is that Obama was smart to stay away from him.

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