I read somewhere that a couple of the State level election boards are now requiring presentation of actual birth certificates along with other supporting documentation proving that you are who you say you are and were born where you say you were born, Grinch. True, anything can be forged, but this way at least you make it much harder for the crooks than simply having them sign an affidavit. So that is at least a move in the right direction.
I don't think he necessarily lied, Mike, but I only caught a glimpse of his clip on the news as I was passing through the living room and all I heard him say was that he did not have any contact with the governor's office, and had no idea what Blagojevich was up to.
But if he did say that neither he nor anyone on his staff had any contact with the governor's office, well then I guess you could say that he either lied, or he just didn't know what his staff was doing. Not good news in either event.
But it seems clear from Blagojevich's anger at Obama for not being willing to give anything but his appreciation for selecting someone from Obama's acceptable list, seems to put Obama in the clear of any wrongdoing in this 'pay to play' issue at least.
Well, now come to think of it, after I typed all that out, he had to be lying if he presented a list initially and then said later that all he would give was his appreciation for a selection from that list. He had to know that Blagojevich was up to no good.
So why would he lie about something that could be so easily uncovered? I don't know, but isn't it a crime not to report a felony? If he admits that he knew what Blagojevich was up to, then he would have to have contacted the authorities with that information or he would also be in trouble, or Rham would be, if he was the contact person and he had kept Obama in the dark about any illegal requests being made, and Rham was actually the one who said that only appreciation would be offered, unbeknownst to Obama. In which case it would be Rham who should get credit for not 'paying to play', but also the one obligated to notify the authorities.
Or maybe Obama just didn't have enough time to think before he was asked the question, and his response didn't come out the way that it actually would have if he'd had a minute or two to think about it. Maybe he simply misspoke. Or maybe he's been a part of the Chicago political machine for so long he can't tell the truth from a lie anymore.