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Blagojevich: How you deal with adversity is an example for your kids

Updated: June 28, 2011 6:53PM

The day after being convicted of corruption, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich emerged from his Ravenswood Manor home Tuesday and talked briefly about dealing with adversity.

“A lot of what life is is how you live with your adversities,” Blagojevich told reporters outside his home. “It’s a true test of who you are and it’s an example to your children on how you deal with the tough times.

“One of the things that motivates me, and has motivated me and continues to motivate me — and [wife] Patti — is to try to show our kids that as tough as

things can get sometimes, as unfair as you think things might be, you just keep doing the best that you can....

“And through that adversity and hardship can come good things.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was summoned by the Blagojevich defense and testified for five minutes, was mostly tight-lipped about the conviction.

The jury was hung on the only count that directly involved Emanuel: an alleged shakedown that saw Blagojevich attempt to hold up a grant for a school in Emanuel’s then-congressional district until Emanuel’s Hollywood agent brother hold a campaign fundraiser for the former governor.

“The only thought I had, to tell you the truth, [is that] while obviously the jury has made its decision, I think we should all take one step back as it relates to the consequences to a wife and children,” Emanuel said.

“But, my time, my energy — after the decision was made, I heard about it — is staying focused on what I have to do and what the people elected me to stay focused on.”

Fran Spielman, Stefano Esposito

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