"I figure there's nowhere to go from here but down," he said. "So tonight, I'm announcing my retirement from the United States Senate."Sen. Barack Obama cracked wise at the Gridiron Club Saturday night:
The senator-elect teased about his big victory over GOP candidate Alan Keyes, saying that he received 70% of the vote statewide "and 102% in Chicago. Our voting system is so advanced that the folks in Florida are coming up to study it."The Tribune has more:
He said Illinois and Chicago were ahead of the times. Referring to the fact that House Republicans had passed a rule allowing leaders to stay in their jobs even if indicted, he said, "we had that years ago" in Illinois.
The senator-elect said a year ago, the pundits "said you can't win in a year like this with a name like Obama. There was quite a bit of confusion at first, but it did get me free airtime on Al Jazeera."