Jennifer Rubin notes the language change in Obama’s explanations about his involvement in the Blagojevich scandal. He has gone from “I” to “We”, or at least he is trying to shift it, unless it is a royal “we”.
Here’s the transition team’s statement:
the President-elect’s staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff
Here is Obama’s December 9th statement:
we were not — I was not aware of what was happening.
Here is Obama’s December 11th statement:
I have never spoken with the Governor on this subject. And I am quite confident that no representatives of mine would have had any part in any deals related to this seat.
How exactly was he “not aware of what was happening” when his Chief of Staff was talking to Blago about acceptable picks? And he did know about the federal investigation, didn’t he?
Likewise, that Obama has decided to dump the contents of his dealings with Blago on the press during the week of Christmas, instead of this week, suggests he hopes the story will get buried. What exactly is in there that he wants to bury? We’ll see.