Rod Blagojevich: 7 Greatest, Weirdest, Zaniest Quotes From Illinois’ Disgraced Governor

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Rod Blagojevich Final Statement Before Prison: I Was On "The Right Side of the Law"
In his final public statement before his 14-year prison sentence, disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he took responsibility for his crime but said he still believed he was on “the right side of the law.”

Rod Blagojevich's potty mouth has been causing him trouble for quite some time now.

Blagojevich  was caught trying to trade then President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for money and political favors in 2008. In a wiretapped conversation, Blagojevich referenced Obama's Senate seat as being f---ing golden.

I'm just not giving it up for f--- nothing, he said in the phone call.

Those sentences were enough to have him arrested. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on 17 corruption charges, with some relating to trying to sell Obama's Senate seat.

Before Blagojevich starts his new life as federal prisoner 40892-424, we thought we would compile some of his best quotes from his ridiculous, weird, and, let's face it, highly entertaining career.

On President Obama:

I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up. -- February, 2010, issue of Esquire magazine

On corruption allegations before and after his arrest:

It's absurd, ludicrous, ridiculous, outlandish, OK? Accusations by scoundrels, OK? -- September, 2006, on accusations of corruption

I don't believe there's any cloud that hangs over me. I think there's nothing but sunshine hanging over me. -- December 8, 2008, before his arrest on corruption charges

Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States. -- Jan. 22, 2009, about the day of his arrest

On meddling in-laws:

Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what's coming your way and then stick to it, which is what I did, and knowing all of this that we're dealing with now is what we have to deal with? I say I do. -- May 2005, accusing his father-in-law of taking advantage of his position

On children and deadbeat dads:

For the same reason we don't allow kids to buy pornography, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy cigarettes, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy alcohol, we shouldn't allow them to go to stores and buy video games.

One of the greatest challenges in collecting child support is that deadbeat dads move from job to job and state to state. it's hard to keep track of them.

On the importance of honesty in government:

And just as important, it proves that government is supposed to exist for the good of the people, not the other way around, and certainly not for the personal enrichment of those who hold public office.

Bit ironic, no?

Information compiled from Politico, the Chicago Tribune, and Think Exist

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