Blagojevich's Daughter Is Really Angry Obama Didn't Pardon Dad

Amy Blagojevich pens long open letter to former POTUS
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2017 4:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich's oldest daughter thinks former President Obama should have used his powers to get her father released from prison, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Blagojevich's wife Patti had been posting on Facebook in the days leading up to the end of Obama's term about her hope that her husband would be pardoned or see his sentence commuted; when that didn't happen, Patti posted—at daughter Amy's request—an open letter the 20-year-old wrote to Obama. The letter was posted Thursday night, though it appears to have since been taken down. In it, Amy wrote that Obama had "lost my respect. You’ve broken my heart once again, and you’ve betrayed the concept of justice like many other heartless individuals have done before you. I thought you were different. I thought you had a moral compass. Turns out you’re just like the rest—selfish and spineless."

Rod Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges in 2012 (partially related to his attempt to sell an appointment to Obama's vacant Senate seat in Illinois in 2008) and sentenced to 14 years in prison; he's scheduled to be released in 2024. Amy Blagojevich said in her letter that she and her sister wrote letters to Obama, which unnamed people promised to put directly into his hands, in which they spoke of the "heartache and desperation" they've felt over the past eight years. She insisted her father didn't do anything illegal and condemned Obama for allowing the release of others who have committed "reprehensible crimes," including Chelsea Manning, but not her father. There's much more where that came from; the Sun Times has the entire 1,511-word letter. It's not going over well—Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano, for example, calls it "pathetic." And over at the Chicago Tribune, columnist Eric Zorn says the person Amy should be mad at is actually her dad. (Read more Rod Blagojevich stories.)

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