In a blistering Facebook post, Amy Blagojevich, the oldest daughter of former governor and current federal inmate Rod Blagojevich, blasted former President Barack Obama for not using his presidential powers to release her father from prison.
The 20-year-old Northwestern University student’s screed was posted Thursday night on the Facebook page of former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich, who wrote that she was “happy” to post her daughter’s letter “if it brings her any relief or comfort.”
“You’ve broken my heart once again, and you’ve betrayed the concept of justice like many other heartless individuals before you,” Amy Blagojevich wrote, later explaining she hadn’t expected Obama to use his power to pardon or commute her father’s sentence in his first term, or even in his second term.
“Turns out you are just like the rest — selfish and spineless.”
The 1,511 word open letter posted Thursday comes after other emotional pleas Blagojevich’s daughters made to the president along with their father’s formal request, letters that Amy Blagojevich said an unnamed “someone” had promised to give to Obama himself.
“You can’t deny that you saw the letters my sister and I wrote. I am almost certain that someone put them directly in your hands,” she wrote on Thursday. “That’s what they told us they would do, at least.
“So you read them. You knew of our heartache and desperation.”
Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2012 on corruption charges related, in part, to an attempt to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat Obama vacated when Obama was elected president in 2008, is four years into a 14-year sentence. The former governor, 60, is scheduled for release in 2024, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.
SOURCE: ANDY GRIMM AND SAM CHARLES