Fallen Gov. Rod Blagojevich has compared himself to poets, American presidents and yes, Elvis.
Now, he's calling himself “Mr. Mom” while his wife, Patti, is away earning an income in a Costa Rica.
Blago appeared on CNN’s Larry King Wednesday night and talked (and talked and talked) about the charges he is facing, including allegations he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. Nothing new there.
But let's be honest. What we really wanted to hear him talk about was Patti's tarantula-eating performance on the NBC reality show “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”
“It’s with mixed feelings that I watch that,” Blagojevich said. “It’s difficult to see her have to do something like this, but it’s a way for us to make a living while we rebuild our lives. She’s making a sacrifice because she loves her kids and eating that tarantula like she had to is an act of love; it’s a sign that this is a mother who loves her children.”
As we all know by know, Blagojvich was supposed to be on the show but a judge banned him from leaving the country. Patti jumped in because they're both unemployed.
"These are the sorts of things that happen sometimes when you've been knocked down and you're trying to rebuild and pick yourself up," Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich became the primary caretaker of his two girls while Patti is in the jungle, and has since seemed almost surprised at how challenging parenting can be. He said he is discovering how hard her life has been on an everyday basis.
“Sometimes it’s amazing how we take for granted what moms do and parents who care for their kids on a day-to-day basis,” Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich called himself an author as well, telling King that he is working on a book he hopes will come out before his trial in the spring of 2010.
“It’s hard because I’m writing a lot about this stuff and some of it’s painful to think about, much less write about,” Blagojevich said. It's not exactly clear what the book will bare, because he is restricted from speaking about his trial, but he hopes people will buy it when it's published.
“The book will write about things that will be done in such a way that respects that court proceeding,” Blagojevich said. “And you'll have to wait and see ultimately what's in it, and how it comes out. It's still a work in progress.”
As has become his mantra, Blago repeatedly claimed (again and again), “The truth will come out,” and said he looks forward to being vindicated.