Give President-elect Barack Obama credit a few minute ago for knowing how to address the elephant in the room.

At the start of a press conference on the national economy this morning, and mindful that reporters would be quizzing him on the issue, Obama shared some words about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s scandalous efforts to help his own personal economy.

As U.S. District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his staff revealed on Tuesday and as I touched on in yesterday’s Inside Edge PR blog post, Clothes-less Emperor Blagojevich had placed Obama’s recently vacated U.S. Senate seat on the auction block.
“I was as appalled and as disappointed as anybody by the revelations” about Emperor Blagojevich, Obama stated. He stressed that he is “confident no representatives of mine would have any part” of any deals brokered by Emperor Blagojevich, Obama added.

“This Senate seat does not belong to any politician to trade,” Obama intoned. “It belongs to the people of Illinois. They deserve the best possible representation.”

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