The curious firing of Gerald Walpin gets … curiouser

posted at 3:15 pm on June 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Charles Grassley has demanded records from the Obama administration over the dismissal of the Inspector General for Americorps and raises the possibility that Barack Obama broke a law he co-sponsored in the Senate that protects the independence of the IGs.  The firing comes as the Obama administration cut a sweetheart deal with a major Obama backer that allows him to receive federal funding as mayor of Sacramento, and fails to repay taxpayers for the money Kevin Johnson admittedly took illegally:

In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide “any and all records, email, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information, whether in draft or final form” related to President Obama’s firing of CNCS Inspector General Gerald Walpin. …

“For reasons that I do not yet understand, the OIG was excluded from this proceeding and the settlement lifting the suspension, was done in complete disregard of the OIG’s findings, as well as the previous determination of wrong doing identified in the Notice of Suspension,” Grassley wrote. “Perhaps the settlement agreement was reached without any input from the OIG, because less than half of what was misused by the Corporation grantees is being returned to the taxpayer and the OIG would not have agreed to this arrangement.  In fact, an argument can be made that not even half of the misused funds is being returned, because the settlement does not require that payment in full be made.  Rather the settlement places the grantees on a type of payment plan that will occur over a decade; to date less than 10% of the misused money has been recovered.”

Byron York interviewed Walpin and got more information on how the Obama administration froze him out of negotiations with Johnson:

As this was happening, the matter was also under consideration by the local U.S. attorney’s office after Walpin referred the matter to the office for a criminal inquiry. Since January of this year, the office has been headed by an acting U.S. attorney, Lawrence Brown, a career prosecutor who took over after the departure of the previous, Bush-appointed U.S. attorney.  The office decided not to pursue criminal charges against Johnson, but also entered into settlement talks with Johnson and St. HOPE.  What resulted was, according to Walpin, highly unusual.

Settlement talks would normally cover the issue of whether Johnson would be required to give the misused federal funds back to the government.  But amid the frenzy surrounding the possible denial of federal stimulus funds, Brown wanted to negotiate not only some sort of repayment scheme but also an end to Johnson’s suspension.  Walpin learned about that during a March telephone conversation with Brown.  “He said he wanted to settle,” Walpin recalls, “and he said that lifting the suspension had to be part of it because that was the 800-pound gorilla in the way of a settlement.”

Walpin was adamantly opposed to a lifting of the suspension; after all, he had recommended that Johnson not only be suspended but be barred for receiving future federal funds.  Walpin says that after that, he was cut out of the settlement talks; Brown worked directly with top officials of the Corporation, who seemed eager to work out a deal in a case involving a high-profile Obama supporter and lots of stimulus money.  (The Corporation is now headed by Alan Solomont, a philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser appointed by President Obama.)

Together, Brown and the top Corporation brass negotiated a deal.  Johnson and St. HOPE would pay back about half of the $850,000 in AmeriCorps grant money it had received, and the suspension against Johnson would be lifted.

Walpin was very unhappy.  First of all, he said it was a terrible deal for the U.S. government, because St. HOPE was essentially insolvent and would never pay the money back.  Second, he felt lifting Johnson’s suspension would dilute the effectiveness of future investigations; why should grant recipients worry about their misconduct if any sanctions can be so easily lifted?  In the end, Johnson was not suspended, not debarred, and was probably not going to pay the vast majority of the money back.

Hope and change!  It looks very suspicious.  The administration has overtly interfered with the IG in his investigation, and now has tried to fire him, apparently for reporting to Congress.  If so, then the White House has abused its power on behalf of a campaign contributor and political ally — an act that would make Richard Nixon blush. I doubt this Congress will hold Obama accountable for it, but kudos to Senator Grassley for not letting it go.


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No no no

It’s the curious case of Gerald Walpin

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I find your lack of Faith…disturbing.

Mr. Bingley on June 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

It is the Chicago Way. There is a law to prevent his sudden firing. But laws are for Pres bush and no longer apply.

seven on June 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM

If it happens and the MSM fails to report it, did it *really* occur?

:_(

I fear for my country. . .

RedNewEnglander on June 15, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Make Nixon blush? Heck, Bibi Rebozo is wondering why Nixon never went this far for him.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Obama learned his Chicago mob lessons well. He’s a consumate thug and manipulator.

Hey, just curious. Think MSNBC will be picking up this story and doing a hard-hitting story on it any time soon?

DrW on June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM

It is how things work in the new Stalin Obama administration

ObamatheMessiah on June 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Cronyism rampant in a increasingly fascist government? No way!

Weebork on June 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

When is he going to start replacing US Attorneys?

califdreamnred on June 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM
By the time this schmuck is out of office, there will be a trail of deceit and corruption a mile wide.

But let’s be patient, 53% of American voters stupidly voted for a guy with no experience in doing anything except expousing socialist nonsense. They deserve to be tortured for a good long while.

TexasJew on June 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

DrW on June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Snort,giggle

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

At least Nixon’s worst instincts were kept in control by an opposition congress, to say nothing of a skeptical press. With Obama, no such luck. We’d better get used to it.

jwolf on June 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Obama White House abuse of power #957, and we’re only 5 months in to this Presidency.

infidel4life on June 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM

So.. let me ask this.

If b.o. broke the law he actually co-sponsered concerning items JUST LIKE THIS… will he be made to step down? Is this an impeachable offense?

Curious minds would love to know.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

?… the phoenix suns kevin johnson? …barack is trying to get his hands in as many high profile pockets as he can find.

g76monte on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Black Liberation Theology in action.

baldilocks on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

At least Nixon’s worst instincts were kept in control by an opposition congress, to say nothing of a skeptical press. With Obama, no such luck. We’d better get used to it.

jwolf on June 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Point well made. I actually don’t blame Obama so much for this power grab. It is the nature of the beast. What is absolutely objectionable is the conduct of the media and Congress and, after the SCOTUS ruling on the Chrysler bankruptcy, the Court in allowing this power grab to go unchallenged.

genso on June 15, 2009 at 3:34 PM

The only way for justice to be done to this “new crisis every minute” administration is for justice-seekers to latch on to scandals like this and beat on it like a dead horse.

Otherwise, none of these over-the-top injustices will get any traction.

In any case, THIS story is worthy of some dead horse beating.

Barrack on June 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

But let’s be patient, 53% of American voters stupidly voted for a guy with no experience in doing anything except expousing socialist nonsense. They deserve to be tortured for a good long while.

TexasJew on June 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

And we want to go down with this ship why?

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Since January of this year, the office has been headed by an acting U.S. attorney, Lawrence Brown, a career prosecutor who took over after the departure of the previous, Bush-appointed U.S. attorney.

Does anyone know how many US Attorneys leftover from the Bush administration have been “fired” so that Obama can legally get his guys in there? There was a big stink, supposedly, when President Bush legally dismissed eight Clinton holdovers.

perroviejo on June 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

And we want to go down with this ship why?

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

what TJ is saying is that they may wake up.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

“Think MSNBC will be picking up this story and doing a hard-hitting story on it any time soon?”

No, tonight it will be the Obama administration’s bold and sophisticated response to the Iranian election.

Vera71 on June 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

If b.o. broke the law he actually co-sponsered concerning items JUST LIKE THIS… will he be made to step down? Is this an impeachable offense?

Curious minds would love to know.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

The fact that he co-sponsored the law he may have broken merely underscores his… I was going to say hypocrisy, but I think it goes way beyond that. He’s ‘above’ it all, or so he thinks, and therefore beneath my contempt.

ProfessorMiao on June 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I doubt this Congress will hold Obama accountable for it,

And yet we aren’t in outright rebellion yet. I feel ashamed that I, a citizen if the United States, I have done nothing more than talk and tea party. The Founding Fathers would be out for blood by now.

chicagojedi on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Yeah, but it’s ok ’cause Obama cares and stuff.

brennan251 on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Its like White House has become some sort of offshoot of Chicago that’s popped up in the middle of Washington like some sort of festering toadstool. Then again you don’t raise nearly a billion dollars in campaign donation’s and not expect donors and political backers to start calling in favours once your in office.

Dreadnought223 on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Obama White House abuse of power #957, and we’re only 5 months in to this Presidency.

infidel4life on June 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Yeah. And to think what he could do with more czars, filibuster proof congress, media in the bag, legilating judges from the bench, etc.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Next thing you know Obammy will be replacing the White House Travel Office with the Thomases.

With all of Obammy’s travel junkets planned for his 4-year vacation some DNC cronies from Hollyweird may as well get in on the Clintonian graft again.

viking01 on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Obama White House abuse of power #957, and we’re only 5 months in to this Presidency.

infidel4life on June 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM

***I left out a key word***
Yeah. And to think what he could do LEGALLY with more czars, filibuster proof congress, media in the bag, legilating judges from the bench, etc.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Black Liberation Theology in action.

baldilocks on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Yup. Where’s Granny Nanny screaming, “Culture of Corruption!!”? All the shrieking has ceased. But of course, we all know that only conservatives can be corrupt.

BTW, have you looked at the TUCC website recently? Gosh, it sure does look ‘mainstream’ these days. lol

Cody1991 on June 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

If b.o. broke the law he actually co-sponsered concerning items JUST LIKE THIS… will he be made to step down? Is this an impeachable offense?

Curious minds would love to know.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Impeachable offense means whatever the political opposition wants it to mean.

Dennis Kucinich thought that just being elected president was an impeachable offense by George W. Bush.

Since there is currently no opposition to Obama, this tree shall fall without anyone hearing it.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I don’t see a racial aspect, baldi. I just see a liberal mentality: the rules do not apply to us, because we have to succeed in our mission by any means necessary to prevent the hated conservatives from regaining power.

Jaibones on June 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM

The part of this story that I find puzzling is the reported fact that BO co-sponsored a bill…

d1carter on June 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM

The site has been oddly troll-free thus far today. Did we have a mass banning or was it short attention span theatre?

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

nothing to see here…….move along

RUReadingthis on June 15, 2009 at 3:44 PM

“… will he be made to step down? Is this an impeachable offense?”
upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … wait, you were serious?
/sarc

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I’m not sure which bothers me more – the fact that Obama flaunts his disrespect for the law and the contistution, or the fact that nobody in Congress or the MSM calls him on it.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

There are some fair and balanced newspapers in midsized cities, usually in states that lean Red, that act as a conduit between the Conservative New Media and the MSM. The New Media needs to keep this story alive, and if it has legs, hopefully we’ll start seeing editorialists in some of these newspapers writing about it. This could lead to stories appearing in the main sections as straight news.

The power of the Conservative New Media does not compare to the MSM, but if a story is legit, then the New Media does have the power to create a ripple effect. So instead of complaining about the MSM, we should be sending links to these stories to any writers from any of these fair and balanced newspapers.

I’m sending a link to Michael Goodwin of the Daily News here in New York, which is as close to a fair and balanced paper as we have here.

ardenenoch on June 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Were the charges against Walpin…Trumpedup?

CMonster on June 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … wait, you were serious?
/sarc

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Maybe.. either way I can dream.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

?… the phoenix suns kevin johnson? …barack is trying to get his hands in as many high profile pockets as he can find.

g76monte on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Yes, THAT Kevin Johnson, who just got elected mayor of Sacramento.

Doesn’t really surprise me, as Obama probably loves hanging around NBA ballers (current or former) and playing pickup games with them. (Chris Duhon, currently with the Knicks, mentioned playing a lot of pickup games against Obama and that he was a big trash-talker. Big surprise, that.)

teke184 on June 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

The site has been oddly troll-free thus far today. Did we have a mass banning or was it short attention span theatre?

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

There was a mild attempt earlier to say that the Iranian people are actually happy with the election results, but they couldn’t write it with a straight face and gave up.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

So.. let me ask this.

If b.o. broke the law he actually co-sponsered concerning items JUST LIKE THIS… will he be made to step down? Is this an impeachable offense?

Curious minds would love to know.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Yeah… so how does a POTUS get impeached? Only by Congress? What if Congress is complicit? Could it possibly mean that a POTUS with a Congress of the same party NEVER be impeached unless it was a crime so egregious that there would be no getting out of it?

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

This is just part of the wealth redistribution process. Better get used to it.

Miwagi on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

“Mr.President, What did you know…..and when did you know it?”

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I’m not sure which bothers me more – the fact that Obama flaunts his disrespect for the law and the contistution, or the fact that nobody in Congress or the MSM calls him on it.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I lump it all together as a single fact. No point in separating the two.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Here’s what I hear from Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee has dealt with this story superficially and gingerly. The local worthies are apparently waiting to see if this story gets traction to the point it cannot be further ignored. Mayor Johnson is a hard fellow to pin down ideologically. The teachers union despises him because of his advocacy a local charter high school. Others in the community love him because his school gets good marks although its accused of “creaming”. He’s some sort of slum lord albeit with high minded rhetoric about civic improvement. Hard to judge. He is also alleged to the a bra snapper of teenage girls during his time in Phoenix while playing for the Phoenix Suns. Lastly he’s joined at the hip with Mr. Obama and he’s Black, don’t you know. This combination leaves the local narrative creators not knowing whether to defecate or go blind.

Mason on June 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

“You won’t will have Nixon Obama to kick around anymore suck up to because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference just the beginning of my reign.”

rockhead on June 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I only started paying closer attention to politics in circa early 2008, so my knowledge is limited with regard to what Bush did during his eight years that may compare to what Obama has done in his first half century year (sorry – feels like a lot longer).

I know Obama has adopted much of what Bush did to keep this country safe, albeit begrudgingly, but what about blatant power abuse like what we’re discussing here and the many, many, many … other power grabs that Obama has done?

It seems to me that Bush can’t hold a candle to what Obama has done and continues to do.

Please feel free to educate me.

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM

ditto Spiro Agnew

chemman on June 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Nah, I saw getalife earlier under her new alias. She’s probably out stocking up on her Depend® Underwear for Women (Extra Absorbency)diapers.

OmahaConservative on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Maybe.. either way I can dream.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I’m with ya, but my worst nightmare came true on Nov. 4th – full Dem control. BO will make huge mistakes as we’re already seeing, and he will take actions that might be impeachable offenses. Unfortunately, he will never be censured. The only thing we can do is work to make sure he isn’t reelected.

Cody1991 on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Oh, Grasshopper… You’ve missed out on a lot, but I’m glad you’re here now.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Oh, Grasshopper… You’ve missed out on a lot, but I’m glad you’re here now.
Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Thank you.

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I’ve always said that the only think Nixon did wrong was not have a Republican controlled congress.

MarkTheGreat on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Hey, a God gets to do what he wants.

jukin on June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

What’s the difference between God and Dear Leader?

God doesn’t break His own laws.

rbj on June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

New dog BO. Did you know they got a portuguese water dog named BO? New dog people!

Er, organic garden, SEE? Look at the garden; it has a scarecrow.

*Breaking*

Walpin? Walpin who?

Date night. They are so elegantly cool, and look shopping spree in Paris.

I’m so twitterpated

/s

alohapundit on June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I’ve always said that the only think Nixon did wrong was not have a Republican controlled congress.

MarkTheGreat on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

The only thing that distinguishes Nixon from anyone else is:

Nixon got caught.

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I say the following as a former CaliGirl:

How stupid were the people of Sacramento to elect a man they knew was under suspicion and possible suspension by the Inspector General for misuse of funds??

Man, sometimes I feel sorry for my former fellow citizens of California and then I read crap like this and think, they deserve it.

As for cronyism in the White House? When you bring the Chicago Way to the White House -surprise, surprise- you get……the Chicago Way !

mngirl on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Black Liberation Theology in action.

baldilocks on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I can see what you are saying, but wonder if the dominant motivating forces are psychological, rather than ideological or cultural. I really think a lot of what he does is due to Obama’s egomania and narcissism. It’s all about him, personally.

O/T ps: I left you a post on your site with more info on Quinton Ezeagwula. Hope you saw it.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

“And they said I was a crook!!” Richard Nixon

exceller on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Nice screen name. But why bacteria?

chemman on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Walpin should sue, except I don’t think you can sue the president while he’s in office.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

MarkTheGreat on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I was around during that fiasco. It was the squishy republicans that demanded he resign or that they would vote for impeachment. So a Republican Congress wouldn’t have helped.

chemman on June 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Begs the question,
How much of these monies made it into the pockets of politicians or political organizations?
How much of the bailout funds to democrat run institutions are going to be funneled likewise?

Beto Ochoa on June 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

The site has been oddly troll-free thus far today. Did we have a mass banning or was it short attention span theatre?

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

For some reason, they have shifted to headlines. I don’t understand this strategy. Any ideas?

They have deeply infected a number of headline threads today. Check All Headlines for the ones with high post numbers. As to the blog threads, consider this.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM

….I don’t think you can sue the president while he’s in office.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Yes you can. Just ask Bill Clinton.
You can’t sue this president in this situation because it happened as part of his affairs of office.

Beto Ochoa on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Why is anyone surprised by the liberals and their sheer criminal hypocirisy..

Remember the 11 federal LIBERAL judges bush fired?
Remember how the Leftist traitors in our own congress
Howeled and CRIED in agony screaming how Bush violated some law (one they could never find) by the way..
Oh The clintons did the same thing and its ok
But if a conservative does it well they want to throw his ass in jail..

So congress (those disgusting creeps in power) pass a law
making it illegal hoping to make it retroactive so they could catch former president bush in a legal TRAP..

Never mind the fact that their doing this VIOLATES the US constitution..

I will bet you that they never expected their GAG Messiah to end up AS THE VICTIM of their new law..

http://www.veteranoutrage.com\public_blog

veteranoutrage on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

mngirl on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

If mn is for Minnesota, then it seems you’ve jumped from one frying pan into another frying pan.

chemman on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Nice screen name. But why bacteria?
chemman on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Rather than use Tom34567 or Mary22334, I
pulled something out of the cobwebs of
my mind from when I was in school.

Only a ‘chemman’ would know that tidbit
without looking it up (assuming you didn’t
look it up). =)

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

It looks very suspicious.

It looks very corrupt. When are some of these Republicans from safe districts and safe states going to begin taking it to Obama? Let the others tee up his policies and swing away. The safe ones should be echoing the corruption theme from not until the day we get this POS out of office.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

VibrioCocci on June 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Didn’t look it up. Degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry.:)
Do like the screen name. Welcome to HA

chemman on June 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

I hope someone will stay on top of this. It seems like a very simple situation – not very exciting, but when things like this pop up I’m always reminded of the movie, “The Firm” with Tom Cruise. He was in the middle of a very corrupt enterprise dealing with very corrupt people. It was something as “simple” as mail fraud that brought them all down.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

As usual, Byron York gets to the bottom of this. Great reporting!

budorob on June 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Yeah… so how does a POTUS get impeached? Only by Congress? What if Congress is complicit? Could it possibly mean that a POTUS with a Congress of the same party NEVER be impeached unless it was a crime so egregious that there would be no getting out of it?

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

We’re in the middle of a “perfect storm” of left-wing fascism and corruption. No telling how long it will take for enough of that blinded 53% to wake up and say no mas.

infidel4life on June 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

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hillbillyjim on June 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I find your lack of Faith…disturbing.

Mr. Bingley on June 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

You were already disturbed, weren’t you?

NoFanofLibs on June 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

We’re living under an Ojunta.

Cicero43 on June 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Hope and Change corruption we can believe in?

DL13 on June 15, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Is it just me or does this seem like a kind of tipping point? This is just blatant corruption. I sure hope this story gets some legs. This happened last Wednesday night, IIRC, and it’s not getting a lot of attention.

califcon on June 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

hillbillyjim on June 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

These are the posts that make me so thankful you’re shy.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

It seems bho, mo, acorn, and the black panters are knee deep in this gosh horrible mess. Thanks to all for keeping on top of this. There are millions upon millions of dollars us taxpayers are funding these groups. All we are getting, MORE bho total take over of our nation.
L

letget on June 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

When is he going to start replacing US Attorneys?

califdreamnred on June 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Oh, haha, you mean he might actually do something that is precisely within the powers of the presidency to do, in other words, lawful and what the left slandered Bush for? hmmm. It might just be too legal for Obama to consider doing.

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM

These are the posts that make me so thankful you’re shy.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Indeed. People that do this should be warned.

Abby Adams on June 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM

how many more posts until we get a new page of comments?

Abby Adams on June 15, 2009 at 4:59 PM

That dude is separated at birth from Bill Press.

Abby Adams on June 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

He’s gonna be on Beck this afternoon, f.y.i.

Branch Rickey on June 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Glenn Beck leading with this story and will interview Walpin…

Buy Danish on June 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM

By the time this schmuck is out of office…

Perhaps you aren’t old enough to recall how Der Fuehrer left office. I fear that the ObamaFascist will have a similar end, and inflict similar damage on our nation.

oldleprechaun on June 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I left you a post on your site with more info on Quinton Ezeagwula. Hope you saw it.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I saw it when you posted it here and I really appreciate it. Private E. seems like a nice kid and I’m glad he’s okay. Private Long’s dad said that Private E’s mom really reached out to them.

As for this Americorps situation not be an example of Black Liberation Theology in action: don’t kid yourself. I took Reverend GD Amerika’s advice and read James Cone’s books.

baldilocks on June 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Walpin should sue, except I don’t think you can sue the president while he’s in office.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Sure you can. Paula Jones did it to Bill Clinton. That’s how we got the priceless testimony about “it depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”

AZCoyote on June 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

As for this Americorps situation not be an example of Black Liberation Theology in action: don’t kid yourself. I took Reverend GD Amerika’s advice and read James Cone’s books.

baldilocks on June 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

I would discount that assertion coming from a lot of other people, baldilocks. The fact that you think it’s so makes it pretty frightening. How can this possibly be???

califcon on June 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

What’s a few taxpayer dollars among compassionate lefty friends. Just keep repeating: the real crook is Halliburton, the real crook is Halliburton, the real crook is Halliburton. Blogs like HotAir need to stick to the narrative or their FCC license will get yanked . . . er . . . I mean their application for the soon to be required license will get yanked.

Mark30339 on June 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

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