Blagojevich apologises for 'blacker than Obama' remarks

Blagojevich apologises for 'blacker than Obama' remarks

Blagojevich apologises for 'blacker than Obama' remarks

Barack Obama. AFP

In an interview to Esquire magazine, Blagojevich, who was impeached last year on charges that included that he tried to sell Obama's vacant senate seat, has said, "I am blacker than Barack Obama. I shine shoes".

"I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in the black community not far from were we lived. I saw it all growing up," he had said.

He then apologised for his remarks in a press conference he held outside his house here.
"I want to apologise for the stupid comments that I made in an Esquire magazine article. What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid. I was speaking metaphorically," he told reporters.
He said he would be happy to reach out to the President and White House "and apologise to who ever. I will be happy to do that. If it is feasible. I do not know if the phone call will be accepted".

"Obviously I am not blacker than Barack Obama. If anyone is offended, I deeply apologise for the way that it was said and for having said it," he said.

Blagojevich said he was "expressing real frustration" since till today the Obama administration was bailing out the banks, the Wall Street but not the main street.
"The frustration I expressed is real. Democrats in Washington promised a public option on healthcare.

"They are breaking that promise. No one is bailing out the people," he said adding that the government is bailing out those who had created the economic mess.
In the interview, Blagojevich says he is "a real man" in a political arena dominated by phonies.

The Esquire magazine's February issue, in which the interview appears, hits newsstands on January 19.

Blagojevich further tells the magazine, "It is such a cynical business and most of the people in the business are full of (expletive) and phonies,  but I was real, man — and am real".

"This guy (the President) was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the (expletive)? Everything he (Obama) is saying is on the teleprompter".
The twice-elected Democrat was impeached and removed from office last year after federal prosecutors arrested him on corruption charges that included trying to sell Obama's old US Senate seat. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is also appearing on NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice' this spring and his trial is expected to start later this year.

Blagojevich's remarks come just days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologised for making racially insensitive remarks about Obama during presidential campaign.

Reid had privately said that Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one".

Reid apologised over the weekend saying he "deeply regretted using such a poor choice of words" and apologised for "offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments".

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