Was Obama purposefully trying to be unclear? It's hard to say.**********
It's a little hard to believe that he didn't know anything that was happening relating to his old seat. Maybe he's just really, really focused—though he did say on Meet the Press, when ducking a question about Caroline Kennedy being appointed senator from New York, "The last thing I want to do is get involved in New York politics.
"I've got enough trouble in terms of Illinois politics."
There's evidence that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett to take his seat—the governor sure seemed to think the president-elect wanted that.
Suddenly, in the middle of the process, Obama stopped wanting that. Why?
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