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Rod Blagojevich on Rod Blagojevich

Updated: July 7, 2011 1:48PM

“I used to be your governor, and I’m here today to tell you the truth.”

“When I hear myself saying that on tape, I’m an effin’ jerk, and I apologize.”

“You are what you are, but I started wearing less polyester.”

“I had a man-crush on Alexander Hamilton.”

“I was the only governor in America who could spin a basketball on all five fingers of his right hand.”

“There are friends that you love in a real friend way, not in a — you know what I’m talking about. I love Lon.”

“I can’t say I came out of law school knowing much about law.”

“I saw him [Jesse Jackson Jr.], frankly, as Barack Obama.”

“I thought politics was a safe profession.”

“Those were the days when your hairbrush was an extension of your hand.”

On the Chicago Academy building: “I took the ACT exam there. Twice.”

To a prosecutor’s objection: “I knew that was going to happen.”

On asking Ald. Richard Mell if he could marry Patti: “I would have done it anyway.”

On his obsession with working out: “There’s a certain narcissism.”

Names Blagojevich dropped on the stand, some he bumped into while working in Malibu, some he met through politics: Michael Landon, Dyan Cannon, Olivia Newton-John, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal, Cicily Tyson, Seinfeld writer Larry David, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sarah Palin

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