Rejected, and then accepted, in Washington

Roland Burris makes his way through a crowd as he arrives on Capitol Hill to claim Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He was turned away by Senate officials. A few days later a top Senate Democratic source said Obama's concerns about the Burris situation were among several factors that resulted in an about-face by Senate leaders, who had vowed to reject Burris or anyone else named by disgraced Gov. Blagojevich. Obama told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others when he visited Capitol Hill "that if Burris had legal standing -- and it appears he has -- he should be seated as quickly as possible," a top Obama source said. Obama earlier had sided with Reid's opposition to the appointment. See more photos on Roland Burris' political career.
Tribune photo by Nancy Stone
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