Diary

Obama's "good friend," Inmate 200834589, now officially a guest of the state

Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com.

Detroit’s top Democrat is in the pokey.  Yesterday, former Mayor and convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to serve 120 days in the Wayne County Jail.

Sort of puts a whole new spin on what his good friend Barack Obama had to say about him not too long ago.

Now, never let it be said that we’re not fair and balanced here at RightMichigan.com. In the spirit of accuracy, I figured I’d go ahead and provide a transcript of Senator Obama’s comments, updated to reflect today’s new circumstances and geography. Were he to deliver the same toast today, maybe during chow time, in with the general population, it’d actually read something like this.

I want to, uh, I want to first of all acknowledge your great resident of cell 14J-4, inmate number 200834589, who has been on the front lines (applause)… has been on the front lines, uh, doing an outstanding job of, uh, gathering together the leadership at every level in the Wayne County Jail to bring about the kind of renaissance that all of us anticipate for this great prison facility.

And, uh, he is a leader not just here in the Wayne County Jail, not just in the Michigan Department of Corrections but all across the country people look to him.  We know that he is going to be doing astounding things for 120 days to come.

I’m grateful to call him a friend and a colleague and I’m looking forward to, uh, a lengthy collaboration to make sure that the Wayne County Jail does well in the future.

Meanwhile, back at the courthouse, it looks like the Democrats in Detroit still don’t get it.  According to the Ivory Tower:

At the jail, officials took his new mug shot, showing him wearing standard-issue green inmate garb, not the sharp trademark attire he wore to court: dark blue suit, big-knot tie and crisp dress shirt still embroidered with the word “mayor” on the cuffs, even though he resigned in disgrace in September.

“We love you, mayor!” someone in his support group yelled as deputies escorted him out.
“Waitin’ for the comeback!” someone else shouted.

“Quiet please,” deputies retorted. “Quiet!”

Supporters filed 17 letters with (Judge David) Groner, asking the judge for leniency.

The pleas came from union leaders, pastors and businesspeople…

Interesting contrast with disgraced Republican Senator Ted Stevens up in Alaska. Stevens was convicted this week on a handful of felony counts himself.  The response from Republicans nationwide, including his colleague in the United States Senate, John McCain?  RESIGN NOW!  

No word on whether or not Alaskans “done set Stevens up for a comeback.”