I was watching the news on TV for a few minutes yesterday, and I saw part of a press conference with Senator Roland Burris of Illinois (D), where he was answering questions about his controversial appointment to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat. He was appointed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is in some deep trouble right now. Burris has repeatedly said he’s innocent and he’s been transparent, but it’s not looking too good for him, either. We’ll find out when the taped phone calls are released.
Anyway, I found this video online so you can laugh at it, too. I wouldn’t ask you to watch it all, so here’s what to skip forward to. At certain times, Burris has a friend / lawyer / bodyguard / somebody answering questions for him. Around 10:42 in the video, his friend is explaining how they’ve been “transparent”, and Burris keeps repeating that word after him. To me, it was funny, because it looks like he’s trying way too hard. Reminds me of a Shakespeare line, “Me thinkest thou protests too much.”
Also in the video, at around 11:20, his friend says, “We cannot speak to that.” A reporter asks, “Why not?” And the guy responds with, “Because I said we can’t!” I was surprised by that. When you’re a parent telling your children what they can’t do, you might be able to get away with that line. But facing a group of professional reporters, that line just doesn’t work the same way.
Here’s the link to the video: Burris defends remarks to committee.
While searching for this, I also found when Roland Burris had said this a while back: “We are hoping and praying that they will not be able to deny what the Lord has ordained.” Someone should tell him if the Lord ordains something to happen, it will happen. But he should be careful that he’s not just saying that. God doesn’t like it when folks falsely speak on His behalf…