At 5:00pm CST former Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois gave his last public speech at a press conference, as a free man before facing a 14-year prison sentence in Colorado for corruption.
Referring to this prison sentence as “something I have to do and it’s the law, and I follow the law,” he did not appear repentant. He stood in front of his home among many supporters with his long-suffering and most ardent supporter his wife Patti Blagojevich. Some supporters even draped the U.S. flag around the couple as he bantered on – many believe he is innocent, others simply feel bad for him.
At times ranting from subject ranging from Greek mythology to his appeal to his immigrant parents, he did not disappoint and many moments were vintage Blagojevich. Nor did he appear very humble or frazzled over the long-term sentence that awaits him.
He spoke about all the things he did for the people of Illinois and that the truth of those successes will come out eventually.
Continuously Blagojevich blamed things he said for his legal troubles not the things he did.
The only time he broke down was when he spoke of Patti and his two girls, Amy and Annie. Patti did break down occasionally, especially when he referred to her as the ‘best mother’ any one could have.
Keeping his humor, when many reporters were screaming out questions he said “I’ll have time to write all of you,” referring to the solitary time he will have in prison.
“I’ll see you around,” were the last words of this former Illinois Governor after two trials, one involving his brother Robert.
The former Governor either leaves tonight or early tomorrow for prison.