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Blago trial: 'WTF'


It's a problem many families face every Thanksgiving: What to do with that crazy relative.

But what if the host is the President-elect and the embarrassing relation is the governor of his home state?

In testimony at the federal corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich today, a former top aide described the delicate dance between the two sides over the Blagojevich's presence at Barack Obama's historic election night victory party in Chicago's Grant Park.

Former Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee testified that he "suggested" to the Obama camp that if Blagojevich was invited, he wouldn't attend. That way, Blagojevich would be spared the embarrassment of being snubbed and Mr. Obama would be spared the embarrassment of having the tarnished governor as an honored guest.

But on Election Day, Blagojevich gummed up with works by deciding that he really did want to attend.

When the governor's office asked the Obama camp for credentials, Greenlee testified, "the Obama campaign raised red flags." Top Obama staffer and former White House communications director Anita Dunn shot Blagojevich consultant Bill Knapp an e-mail with the subject line: "WTF."

Greenlee said the best he could do was to tell the Obama campaign that he "couldn't be sure he would show up."

In the end, Blagojevich did show up.