Harris seemed rather apoplectic at Blago's outlandishness based on the transcript. Via the Chicago Sun-Tmes:
"That's crazy," his top aide John Harris is heard responding.Blago's fixation on skin color didn't stop there. In fact, he placed a unique order at the feet of Harris a little later in the conversation:
"That's where you're wrong," the then-governor says. "She's a king-maker. She made Obama. ... She's up there so high that no one can assail this pick. This would be huge."
Blagojevich at one point suggests Harris find various African American candidates.All of this focus on black candidates had the jurors shaking their heads and smiling in embarrassment but Blago wasn't done.
"Maybe a black Albert Einstein," Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich at another point begins discussing Jesse Jackson Jr., referring to the U.S. Congressman as an "uber-African American."Not being familiar with the word, "uber", I had to go to the Urban dictionary for a proper definition. It is as follows:
At that, an African American juror laughs quietly and has to put a hand over her mouth to suppress laughter. A juror beside her flashes a knowing smile.
(1) german word for "above" or "over" (correct spelling "über")However, Rod wasn't done. In fact, he got even more colorful in the taped recording when Harris suggested he appoint his former secretary, who happened to be black as well:
(2) Became popular in the american language through its occurence in a phrase of the old nazi-time german anthem, re-used by punk bands ("california über alles")
(3) Is now used as a substitute for "really" or "very" etc.
When Harris suggests former staffer and former U.S. Sen. candidate Cheryle Jackson should be in the mix, Blagojevich goes berserk.Be sure to check back here for updates. I will post a link to the actual audio recording once it is made available.
"She's so f------ incompetent and a f------ liar," he says. "There's no f------ way. ... She bounced a check, forget about it. Don't put her in there."
h/t to Free Republic