Blagojevich: Love Of Poetry Comes From NFL

It wasn't in the library but rather while watching football as a teenager that embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich first heard the Rudyard Kipling poem he has publicly quoted ever since he was arrested last month and accused of attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. ...

"That poem to me really exemplifies the ups and downs and struggles of life, and the need to have perseverance and stick to things and come back, that really make you a person of character," Blagojevich told ABCNews.com.

"You guys can mock the poetry, but they're words I've known for a long time and believe in," he said.

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