Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, better known these days as inmate No. 40892-424, wished his wife a happy 22nd wedding anniversary Saturday.
In an email Patti Blagojevich posted on her Facebook, the ex-governor quoted poet Robert Browning and waxed reflective about his marriage.
"I never really knew what it was to be happy and content until I began to walk through life with you," wrote Blagojevich, who is a little more than five months into a 14-year federal prison sentence for corruption charges that included trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat.
"We do have two precious daughters who I wouldn't trade for all the freedom and all the money in the world," the ex-governor wrote.
And despite his tumble from grace, Blagojevich said his situation isn't so bad.
"You know, if you think about things as a whole and not just as a part, we really have been blessed in so many ways," he wrote. "I have been blessed to be married to, and in love with, the best person I have ever known."
The ex-governor could be released in 2024 after serving 85 percent of his sentence, allowing him to celebrate his 34th anniversary with his wife. But Blagojevich, 55, apparently hasn't lost hope that an appeal will make him a free man sooner rather than later.
"Hey by the way," he added in a postscript, "what are you doing next year on this day? Can I take you out?"
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