Blagojevich defiant, quotes Tennyson

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’s not surprised by the state House voting to impeach him, saying that lawmakers have been out to get him for more years, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

During a press conference, he said they impeached him because he tried to provide affordable prescription drugs to residents.

He ended by quoting from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses”: “We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Boy, one thing you can say about that Blagojevich — he got class, don’t he?

I think he’s a little confused about why the Illinois House impeached him, the first governor to be impeached in the state’s history.  It was about trying to sell his appointment for a vacated U.S. Senate seat, not prescription drugs.  Maybe there’s something wrong with his prescription.  That would explain a lot.

I was surprised he closed with Tennyson.  I would have imagined him ending with something more contemporary, such as:

“That’s all, folks” — Porkie Pig

“I am what I am” — Popeye the Sailor

or even  “Adios, amigos!” — Speedy Gonzales

 

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Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant is the assistant managing editor for strategic planning and development/special projects for The Washington Times. He previously served as The Times' Metropolitan desk editor, Features desk editor and an assistant National desk editor, as well as a National and Metropolitan reporter. He currently writes a humor blog and weekly humor column — both titled "Out of Context" — ...

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