Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just appeared before reporters to announce his innocence of all charges of corruption and conspiracy. Time will tell, but he made it clear he is not going to step down from his post.
There were no surprises in his remarks so my attention wandered to his body language and demeanor. He appeared to be somewhat breathless, perhaps from nervousness or agitation. A network crawl cut off the bottom of the screen, but it seemed he was constantly shifting his weight from one foot to the other and rarely let go of the lectern, holding it with one or sometimes both hands. He licked his lips several times as he spoke.
If I remember correctly, all these things indicate possible lying. On the other hand, they could just mean he was running late and had to rush to the stage, was bouncing on the balls of his feet like an eager fighter in the ring, and had chapped lips from jogging in the Chicago cold.
No doubt some body language “expert” will analyze Blago’s presentation and explain to all of us what his movements and attitude revealed.
Aside from that, the news is what everyone expected: the governor has no intention of resigning and remains innocent until proven guilty in court. The Illinois legislature must now move forward with its impeachment proceedings against him.