December 11, 2008— -- CHICAGO – With lawmakers nationwide calling for his immediate resignation, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cruised in to work Thursday morning like it was just any other normal day.
"He is at the office today working on state business - state budget issues, foreclosure issues," his spokesman Lucio Guerrero told ABC News.
Yesterday Blagojevich spent his 52nd birthday at work. Today it was more of the same.
In front of the dozens of reporters that have been staked out in front of his Chicago house for the past 48 hours, Blagojevich emerged from his residence this morning, kissed his wife, and got into his car to make the short trip to his downtown office…where, of course, more media members awaited him outside.
Following Blagojevich's arrest Tuesday on charges that he had attempted to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, calls for the governor to step down have come from far and wide.
Obama himself Thursday said the governor should relinquish his post.
"I hope that the governor himself comes to the conclusion that he can no longer effectively serve and that he does resign," Obama said at a morning news conference in Chicago.
The President-elect's former Democratic colleagues in the Senate all came together Wednesday night to send the governor a letter asking him to resign.
"We write to insist that you step down as Governor of Illinois and under no circumstance make an appointment to fill the vacant Illinois Senate Seat," wrote the senators.
Also Wednesday, the state's lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn, reiterated his demand for Blagojevich to resign and questioned the governor's mental health.
"Gov. Blagojevich, I think in his heart, knows that he has to resign. It's better to have that than to go through the ordeal of impeachment," Quinn told reporters outside the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.
Quinn also called into question Blagojevich's mental state.
"Something happened as he became governor and as the governorship went on that he became more and more isolated," he recalled. "And I think that that wasn't healthy."
But through it all, the governor seems unfazed, simply heading to work at his downtown office for the second straight day since his arrest.