And yet, Mr. Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official
state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late
to almost everything, and can treat employees with disdain, cursing and
erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand
at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the
brush “the football,” an allusion to the “nuclear football,” or the
bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.