Friday, May 20, 2005

The Quick Wit of Senator Barack Obama

Jim Anderson [News Director, IRN]: Senator, what do you think Senator Fitzgerald [R-IL] would say about the United Airlines situation if he were still in the Senate:

Senator Barack Obama [D-IL]: I told you so.
Exchange between Obama and Anderson after the conclusion of a Press Conference on the “Transportation Bill,” in the Loop on Monday, May 16, 2005

Former U. S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald [R-IL] was the only U. S. Senator to vote against the 15 billion dollar airline bailout despite the fact that United Airlines is based in Illinois and American Airlines has a major hub at O’Hare.

Senator Fitzgerald's place in the United States Senate was filled by Senator Obama, with Senator Obama winning election in November, 2004 over Republican candidate Alan Keyes [70-27] after Senator Fitzgerald decided not to seek re-election in 2004, and Keyes was selected by the Republican State Central Committee to replace primary winner Jack Ryan, after Ryan withdraw following a controvery relating to the court ordered release of his divorce/child custody records relating to his attendance of sex clubs with his then wife, actress Jeri Lynn Ryan.
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