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Obama at Blago Trial Unlikely, But You Never Know

Opens negotiations



    Obama at Blago Trial Unlikely, But You Never Know
    President Obama is everywhere. Is a court appearance on the docket?

    The Rod Blagojevich Show is hoping to land President Obama as a guest star when it shifts into its much-anticipated trial phase next spring.

    Blago lawyer Sam Adam revealed Wednesday that he has opened negotiations for just such an appearance, adding that the opportunity to cross-examine Obama would be "awesome."

    Rock on, dude.

    Obama's day job as president might interfere with the plan. Then again he has made time during the country's worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and while the nation is fighting two wars, to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," David Letterman's "Late Show" and to cut a promo for George Lopez, so you never know.

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    "We might as well get started now" prepping for a possible Obama appearance, Adam said on Wednesday.

    That means reviewing FBI interviews with the president, Michelle Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and others regarding allegations that Blagojevich tried to "sell" an appointment to Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

    A federal judge says he'll rule in late January on Adam's request to see transcripts of those interviews.

    Then Adam will decide if he'll try to get Obama on the stand.

    While the odds appear long that that will ever happen, Adam has a huge advantage over Hollywood casting directors: The power of the subpoeana.

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor ofThe Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.