Blagojevich on rehearsing how to pitch his problems with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan as a reason for seeking an Obama administration post:
"Everybody has a chance now to play a role in history, I've done all these things in Illinois and I'm, now I'm left behind ... with this (expletive), with this dynamic. And unless I do something with him, and the only thing I can think of is, responding to these feelers on his daughter. I'm looking at two years of just ... crap and (expletive) ineffectiveness."
Blagojevich on his wish to have members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board dismissed as the state negotiated with Tribune Co. on a plan to invest in a sale of Wrigley Field.
"And we got all these op-eds and, and then, so therefore we got to figure this out. And our recommendation is fire all those (expletive) people. Get 'em the (expletive) out of there. And get us some editorial support."
Blagojevich on what he might be able to get from Barack Obama in exchange for nominating Obama's friend, Valerie Jarrett, to the U.S. Senate:
"I mean, what other Cabinet position would be not stupid? How about U.N. ambassador? Ridiculous?"
Blagojevich on how negotiating something for the U.S. Senate appointment was akin to bargaining like a sports agent:
"So the, you know, the trick's gonna be how do ya conduct, indirectly, and with a certain reserve, you know, a negotiation like a sports agent, where you're pitting one team against another, you know what I mean? ... My free agent wants to play for the Cowboys, he wants to play for the Eagles. OK. How much you offering, Obama? What are you offering, Madigan?"
Blagojevich talking to his wife about the possibility of being named ambassador to India in exchange for nominating Jarrett, with Patti Blagojevich telling him she had researched the post and spoken with a friend about it:
Patti: "We think that ambassador to India is the best choice."
Rod: "Yeah. That, I mean that's a substantive one.
"Look, it'd be a big change in our lives. You know, poor Amy and Annie (their children), but I think it'd be tremendously enriching."
Patti: "I don't think it pays very much, but then I think you've got a house there, right?"
Rod: "Yeah. You know, ambassador to Canada is another one."
Patti: "Yeah, Canada's important."
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