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Bush to Obama -- No Movin' on Up

12/13/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lame duck just got lamer: George Bush isn't letting Barack Obama move into DC ten days early, because his peeps have got to party.

The Obamas had asked the President if they could check in early at Blair House, the official guest residence across from the White House, starting on January 5, because the Obama girls are starting school. But Bush's people rejected the request on the grounds that "receptions and gatherings" are being held there and the house won't be available for them until ten days later.

The official Obama camp have said they're cool with it. Right. Laura Bush's spokeswoman says it's a "non-story."


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Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi can stop clucking now. For the last three years, Democratic leaders cheered GOP ethics woes. Dean accused Republicans of making "their culture of corruption the norm." Pelosi touted cleanliness as a liberal virtue. But with the eye-popping pay-for-play and bribery case against Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich topping a year of nationwide Democratic scandals, the corruption chickens are coming home to roost.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called the breadth and depth of charges against Blagojevich and his Democratic Chief of Staff John Harris "staggering." That's an understatement. Anything that breathed was a potential shakedown target. It's the Chicago way. Democrat Blago's so dirty he'd hit up a children's hospital for money. Oh, wait. He's accused of doing that, too.

Democrat Blago allegedly conspired to use his power to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat as a bargaining chip for financial payment. He explored trading on that authority for an appointment as Health and Human Services secretary or as an ambassador or for installment in a cushy union position. (He discussed his trading scheme with an unnamed "SEIU (Service Employees International Union) official" and unnamed "various consultants" in Washington.)

According to the criminal complaint released yesterday, he also tried to leverage his influence over the sale of Wrigley Field (owned by Tribune media company) in an attempt to get Chicago Tribune editorial writers who called for his impeachment fired -- which illustrates the very perils of media/government entanglements I warned about in my newspaper bailout column last week. His wife, Patricia Blagojevich, was apparently in on the thuggery, too. Taking a break from her first lady duties advocating "on behalf of women and children," she is heard in taped discussions about the Chicago Tribune/Wrigley Field deal telling a governor's aide "to hold up that f**king Cubs sh*t. … F**k them."

Pelosi, champion of women as political cleaner-uppers, was unavailable for comment. Fitzgerald says President-elect Obama was not implicated in the plethora of charges against Democrats Blago and Harris. The national media went out of their way to absolve him, too. But declaring Team Obama's hands clean -- especially with Blago crony and indicted Obama donor Tony Rezko in the middle of it all -- is premature. (And if you're wondering why I keep putting "Democrat" in front of the accused corruptocrats, it's because the mainstream newspapers can't seem to remember to identify their party prominently the way they do when Republicans are nabbed.)

Chicago's Fox affiliate reports that Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago hometown heavy Rahm Emanuel was the catalyst for the Blago takedown and suggests Rahm-bo tipped off the feds. If so, this raises more questions than it answers about who on the transition team may have talked to Blago and his shakedown artists about what and when. Needless to say, if it were the Republican Bush administration tied to the Blago bust, the White House press corps would be frothing like a pack of Michael Vick's pit bulls.

Democrats and the media can no longer rest on the old rationalization that Blago is an exception to the "we're cleaner than thou" rule. 2008 was the year of Democratic Reps. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, Charlie "Sweetheart Deals" Rangel, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame "Text Me" Kilpatrick. It was the year Democratic Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson got caught stuffing bribes from an FBI informant down her shirt. It was the year 12 Democratic leaders and staffers in Pennsylvania's state Capitol were stung in a massive corruption scandal involving cash, sex and abuse of public office. And it was the year of multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandals at Democratic satellite offices of ACORN and the SEIU.

The Democrats have met the culture of corruption, and it looks like it ain't just elephants among the jackasses soiling public office. Michelle Malkin, TownHall

2035 days ago


Funny how Obama is surrounded by all these corrupt people: Rev Wright, the Guv, Rezko, Khalidi, Ayers and wife, etc. yet he has remained untouched and pure as the driven snow. It's cute. Makes for good television at least. I really do hope he can pull us out of our funk, but I think this is only the beginning of more corruption in the White House than ever before. It's probably a good thing Bush is gone, and the dems control most of the government. At least Republicans won't get blamed for everything anymore. Someone else's turn now. Good luck....

2035 days ago


At least the pictures of both guys were equal opportunity goofy!

2035 days ago


#49, tell it to Fox news, maybe they care. Most Americans are sick of your constant complaining. You know as well as I do Republicans can match the Dems scandal for scandal. Don't you remember Bush's long honeymoon after 911, you know the one in which he could do no wrong, like defile the Constitution, lie about wars.. out CIA agents who's husband disagreed with his policies. Come on, give it up already. You sound like a broken record. The American people have spoken and it's time you gave some respect for that.

2035 days ago


When it's a Republican scandal, the press become prosecutors. When there's a Democrat scandal, the press become defense lawyers.

2035 days ago


Obviously you miss the point. Democrats are always acting like Republicans are the only party with bad seeds in them. I am simply highlighting the error in their thinking. Welcome aboard!

2035 days ago


The Left diss the right, The Right diss the Left and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on........................

2035 days ago


I find it funny how people are saying how obama will screw up once he's in office considering that these same people voted for a man like bush. Not once-but twice,lol.

And for those who are harsh to tmz: please keep in mind that they would publicize things in the manner that they do if they didnt have these idiots who always feed into the foolishness right?

2035 days ago


I totally agree with Raine.....Well said.

Chicago politics once again.

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2035 days ago


As I read the idiotic comments of the ignorant I must ask, because most people apparently forgot. What holidays come before January 15? Think hard. I know it's confusing. Oh that's right...Christmas and New Years Day! And what happens at the end of every December and the beginning of January? (Only those of you who attended school will remember this.

The end of the first sememester is in December right before Christmas. The beginning of the second semester is in January right after New Year's Day.

Now let's think as a parent. My election as one of the world's most powerful people will undoubtedly cause my children issues in school. How can I lessen the impact? Oh, I've got it! I will have them start at the beginning of the the semester rather that a week and a half late. Okay. Maybe it would also help if they were semi settled in. Hmmm....I wonder. It never hurts to ask.

So because Michelle and Barack Obama asked to relocate earlier to help get their children settled in they are the bad guys? They are high and mighty. They are every name in the book except good parents who are trying to make this transition easier on their children? Let's be honest here people. Barack and Michele may be the President and the First Lady, but in my opinion this story just made them look better as parents in my eyes.

This is going to be a huge transition for their children and no matter what they do the chances of other children being cruel to them just because of who they are is very likely. The fact that they would ask a simple question to try to lessen that impact is impressive.

Furthermore, there is no story here. This is not any person acting holier than thou or anything like that. It was a simple question blown way out of proportion.

2034 days ago


Oh, please, Obama has the money to just stay at a nice hotel until after Jan. 20th. I thiink they did this to cause a ruckus when there is none to be had. How presumptious of him, yet how typical of the "Messiah".

2034 days ago


So what! He asked for the sake his girls,. I am sure he and the girls can bunk with a buddy or stay in a hotel suite for a few days. Its really not another reason to bash Bush. Its not his house yet anyway and if its booked, its booked.

I can't wait to hear how everyone will feel about Obama in 4 years.

2034 days ago


this election was supposed to be the beginning of the healing of race relations. For those of us that are idealists, if this forum is a microcosm of the country, I am truly scared. It is okay to disagree politically, but everything said seems to be peppered with latent or blatant racism. I am truly scared for my son. In the age of political correctness, it would take the anonymity of the internet to reveal the true hatred of our citizens. It seems we will never get to a point of real tolerance and appreciation.

2034 days ago


Let's see how quick Obama vacates the White House so Joe Biden can move in when he gets impeached by his own Democratic Party due to him being thoroughly ensconced in the Chicago political corruption. Just watch, Pelosi and Reid will throw Obama under the bus SOOOO fast to try to save their power. If they don't, they will be afraid that the fallout will cost other Democrats their positions and thus strip Pelosi and Reid of their power.

Obama is toast.

2034 days ago
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