President Barack Obama’s children, Malia and Sasha, seem so well-adjusted to their family’s fame. The two girls always seem to be smiling, as if they are always happy and don’t have a care in the world.
Of course, that’s the way it should be for the preteen daughters of a well-to-do family. But I suspect that’s not the case for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s two daughters, Amy, 12, and Annie, 5. On Tuesday, their mother, Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich, was fired from her $100,000-a-year job as a fundraiser for a Chicago homeless agency. And their father’s impeachment trial, set to begin Monday, surely will result in the governor’s removal from office.
I can’t imagine it is fun to be the Blagojevich girls right now. The older girl, Amy, probably gets teased by her classmates thanks to her parents, who likely taught her, intentionally or inadvertently, a way to verbally fight back that would land her in detention. And soon neither parent will have a job to help pay off the legal bills they continue to accumulate. Of course, Rod may be headed to prison without a pension after the feds have their way with him, so good luck to Patti in finding a new good-paying job while there is a serious economic recession and the Blagojevich name is mud.
Let us not forget that Patti Blagojevich is also under investigation by a federal probe looking into her real estate business dealings. So she may end up in prison, too.
I feel sorry for the Blagojevich girls. It’s not their fault their family is more “Arrested Development” than “The Cosby Show.” They deserve to be as happy as the Obama girls.
Fortunately, there is a silver lining in the clouds that hang over the heads of the Blagojevich family. Someday Amy and Annie Blagojevich can get married and change their last name.