Chicago, Jan 12: Justifying his 'blacker than Obama' statement, impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said that he was speaking 'metaphorically' and that he was sorry for his 'stupid, stupid, stupid' remarks.
"I want to apologise for the stupid comments that I made in an Esquire magazine article. What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid. I was speaking metaphorically," he told reporters outside his house here.
The governor was ousted in 2009 on charges that included trying to sell Obama"s vacant senate seat.
While speaking to Esquire magazine, Blagojevich had said, “I am blacker than Barack Obama. I shine shoes."
“I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in the black community not far from were we lived. I saw it all growing up," he had stated.
While rendering his apology, the governor said that he would be happy to reach out to the President and White House “and apologise to who ever. I will be happy to do that. If it is feasible. I do not know if the phone call will be accepted."
“Obviously I am not blacker than Barack Obama. If anyone is offended, I deeply apologise for the way that it was said and for having said it," he said, adding that his statement was the result of 'real frustration' over the way the administration is dealing with the country"s financial and healthcare crisis.