Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blago's Kipling Surprise

Earlier today, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich celebrated Rudyard Kipling's birthday with a surprise political appointment. The appointment of former Illinois AG Roland Burris as President-elect Obama's replacement in the Senate was met with immediate criticism from just about everyone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that Burris won't even be seated in the 111th Congress.

This is the second time in as many weeks that Blagojevich can, in some way, be linked to Rudyard Kipling, the English writer and Nobel Laureate who was born on December 30, 1865.

On December 19, Governor Blago recited most of the first stanza of Kipling's poem If when asserting his innocence over federal corruption charges. Below is a video of that famous press conference.

(photo of Rudyard Kipling from www.poemofquotes.com)