I met Rod Blagojevich yesterday.
He was coming out of Medici, a Hyde Park restaurant, and me and my CTS buddies Shaun and Adam were heading into Edwardo’s, a pizzeria a couple doors down. The first thing I noticed was his hair.
As we were telling one another that yes, it really was Rod Blagojevich in the flesh, he caught us staring and came over with a grin, hand outstretched: “Hey guys, wanna meet an innocent ex-governor?” We shook hands, as he gave a mini-version of the same spiel he gives everywhere these days: it’s been difficult, but I can’t wait until everything gets cleared up, and yes, it’s definitely going to be all cleared up.
He asked if we attend the University (of Chicago). No, says Adam, we go to Chicago Theological Seminary. Now this seemed to strike a chord. Eyes widening, he prattled on for a moment about how this experience has really brought him closer to God, you know? He wants us to know that he’s not just saying that because we’re seminarians, but he really believes it’s true: this is all part of God’s plan. Maybe so, I think to myself.
Then one of his companions whisked him away to snap a picture with some coeds. We three seminarians walked into Edwardo’s, and I said, “I don’t think we did a very good job speaking truth to power just then. Then again, he’s doesn’t exactly have much power these days…”
As a post-script, it has since occurred to me that I need to have some quick theology ready for the next time I run into a famous, influential person, fallen or otherwise. No more getting caught speechless. What would you say? (Photo credit: Adam Yates)