Obama, Chicago and Blagojevich:
The Media Asks Questions--After the Election
The AP is Curious About Obama
The AP thinks it's a story when Barack Obama refuses to answer any questions.
That the former junior senator from Illinois didn't have to answer many during the campaign might have something to do with his present stance.
President-elect Barack Obama is refusing to answer any questions about the internal review he has ordered into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell his former Senate seat, saying he will do so when the examination is finished.
Obama's staff has declined to respond to even basic questions, like who is conducting the probe, how long it will take, what issues are being explored and whether they are working with federal investigators. Obama has promised transparency throughout his service and to divulge contacts his staff has had with Blagojevich's office in the coming days. But his staff has locked down on inquiries in the meantime.
The Obama transition team's refusal to talk has contributed to a maelstrom around Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago congressman likely to have been in contact with the governor, who was arrested this week in a corruption scandal. But Emanuel is not a target of the probe, according to people who have been briefed on the investigation.
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Obama supporters may become confused about the Mainstream Media's new-found curiosity over the president-elect. What's all of the chatter about? Didn't Obama say that he didn't know anything?
That answer seemed to work just fine during the primaries and general election. Why won't that answer satisfy the press now?
As RidesAPaleHorse points out, the latest revelations from Chicago may become "Senategate"--or just the World's Largest Dog & Pony Show.
by Mondo Frazier