How “confused and disoriented” was Walpin at that meeting?

posted at 12:25 pm on June 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration has tried to justify its firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin by strongly implying that the 77-year-old attorney suffers from senility.  Norman Eisen, the White House lawyer who drafted a required notification to Congress, accused Walpin of being “confused and disoriented” at a May 20th meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Byron York has done some digging, and discovers that the administration’s problem was that he was anything but confused and disoriented:

Walpin’s objections were the subject of a now-controversial May 20 meeting in which Walpin, to use his term, “lectured” the board on what he believed was its mistake in approving the Johnson settlement.  On the morning of the meeting, the Sacramento Bee reported that a man named Rick Maya, who worked with Kevin Johnson in the St. HOPE project, claimed that Johnson’s emails had been deleted during the time of Walpin’s investigation.  The Maya news suggested that there might have been obstruction of justice in the St. HOPE affair, and Walpin used it to drive home his point that the board should have let his investigation stand.

It appears the discussion of the St. HOPE matter was a turning point not only in the May 20 meeting but in Walpin’s tenure at the Corporation.  In a recent interview, a Republican member of the Corporation board told me that Walpin told board members at the meeting that he wanted to issue some sort of public statement to the effect that there should be more investigation of the St. HOPE matter.  “He said, ‘I feel so strongly about this that today I am going to issue a statement to the press calling for further investigation,’” the member said, recalling Walpin’s words.  “The board members all caught that.  Several of us wrote down that he was going to be issuing a statement to the press that afternoon.”

It was a distressing scenario for the board.  As a favorite program of Barack and Michelle Obama, AmeriCorps was enjoying a higher profile than ever before.  The Corporation also stood to receive vast amounts of new funding from the $5.7 billion Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which would triple the size of AmeriCorps. And in the midst of that, here was the agency’s inspector general saying he might re-open an investigation into an embarrassing episode involving hundreds of thousands of mis-spent dollars and a politically prominent supporter of the president. …

Later in the meeting, members questioned Walpin about his intentions.  It was at that point that they say Walpin became confused and disoriented.  But whatever Walpin’s demeanor, it appears that board members, of both parties, were worried about the possibility of embarrassing new revelations involving a sensational case they thought had been closed.  After the meeting, the board began an accelerated effort to remove Walpin, compiling an informal list of grievances against him — he could be difficult, he telecommuted, he was somehow disabled — that the White House would ultimately cite as cause for his firing.  But there is no doubt that, whatever the other reasons, the board feared that a revival of a scandal they thought was in the past would be embarrassing to the newly-prominent AmeriCorps.

An Inspector General could be “difficult,” and the CNCS thought that a reason for termination.  Aren’t they supposed to be?  IGs operate outside the chain of command in order to ensure transparency and to expose corruption.  In fact, they exist to keep political patronage questions out of corruption and incompetence investigations, and it looks from this account that Walpin did his job too well for the CNCS and the Obama administration.

Walpin has more supporting evidence of his ability to function.  His colleagues in southern New York, including Democrats and Obama supporters, wrote an open letter to the White House and Congress vouching for his integrity and his abilities.  The letter has 147 signatures in support of Walpin, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Bernard Nussbaum, Bill Clinton’s White House counsel.

This looks more and more like a political hack job on Walpin, the equivalent of Clinton’s Travelgate scandal, only in service to keeping corruption hidden in Americorps on behalf of Obama’s political cronies.  It’s positively Nixonian, and it’s doubly sad that only Byron York and the Washington Examiner among the national media seem interested in pursuing it.


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This may not be the “smoking gun” everyone seems to hope it is, but it IS one more chink in the armor, one more obvious sign of corruption, one more reason to jump off the hopenchange train.

JamesLee on June 24, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Change we can believe in!

Where’s my free gas?

trs on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Walpin was confused. He forgot that things now work the Chicago way.

mchristian on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I’m ready for the hearings. Let’s get on with it so that President Biden can take over.

EEK!

therightscoop on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

See what happens when you find proof of corruption in govt? Mr. Walpin is Joe the Plummer. I am afraid to ask can our govt become any more corrupt because I think I know the answer.

milwife88 on June 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Thank you Byron York.

And this is worse than Travelgate because there are Republicans on the board giving cover to the corruption.

myrenovations on June 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM

but what about those Bush Attorneys……changing the subject is making me CONFUSED AND DISORIENTED!!!

SDarchitect on June 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Plummer = Plumber.

milwife88 on June 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Ed/Michelle/AP…and Byron York…thank you so much for continuing to report on this. This one is big…and with the tumult in Iran and healthcare/cap-trade/amnesty, etc., etc., one forgets that there IS and has been gross illegality. This SHOULD impeach him and/or whoever was in charge. This should fall right at his feet. Let’s keep this up…I continue to call on this issue.

Thanks again!!!

Mommypundit on June 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Somebody in the filthy liar’s inner circle needs to be going to jail for this. Firing people in charge with oversight because of political cronyism is far more serious a threat to the government than “outing” a CIA agent who never really was covert. I want to see Rahm Emanuel frog marched out of the White House.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM

If one were to define corruption, wouldn’t this be a prime example? They should teach this in government classes.

stranglin on June 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Most open and ethical cabinet ever…….

Sponge on June 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Mr. Walpin is being mowed down by HIS government just like the protesters are being mowed down by their government in in Tehran.
You’ve gotta love the Change!

SayNo2-O on June 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Obviously senile. I fully trust Obama’s administration. They know best.

Thunderstorm129 on June 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM

with this congress, we won’t hear a peep out of pelosi or reid for any investigation…..scary….

cmsinaz on June 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Obama: Hay! We’re having a barbecue why don’t you come over!

Caper29 on June 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I’m ready for the hearings. Let’s get on with it so that President Biden can take over.

EEK!

therightscoop on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Ok, lets play that game. Who do you suppose Biden would tap to be his VP. My guess is Hillary’s supporters would be all onboard throwing Obama under the impeachment train if they thought it would open up the possibility of a run for Clinton in 2012.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM

There’s no way Obama’s admin would fire Walpin due to political considerations. C’mon…this is the era of hope and change, cute little puppies and rainbows…dude was obviously senile, b/c the admin just wouldn’t lie. All this hating on Obama is due to one thing, and I think we know what that is…

/typical libtard response

changer1701 on June 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM

How “confused and disoriented” was Walpin at that meeting?

Walpin actually thinks there are only 50 states!/

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Mr. Walpin is being mowed down by HIS government just like the protesters are being mowed down by their government in in Tehran.
You’ve gotta love the Change!

SayNo2-O on June 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

GWB fired several US attorneys, which was fully in his authority, and the left screamed about it to the extent that people resigned from the administration. Obama sought to illegally fire an IG and not a peep out of the same people.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

‘ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

Guess what Obamiites? You been played!

catlady on June 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Senator Charles Grassley has been pursuing this, and has always been a strong defender of IG’s. Let’s tell Sen. Grassley that we support his effforts and encourage him to keep at it. The thugocracy cannot stand.

4Freedom on June 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

oboobi broke the same law he co wrote… somehow this translates in to hopey/changey right….

SHARPTOOTH on June 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I’m ready for the hearings. Let’s get on with it so that President Biden can take over.

EEK!

Ok, lets play that game. Who do you suppose Biden would tap to be his VP. My guess is Hillary’s supporters would be all onboard throwing Obama under the impeachment train if they thought it would open up the possibility of a run for Clinton in 2012.

Why think in such small terms, if we’re talking conspiracy here, maybe Pelosi will have one of her thugs stake out a DC burger joint and step into the Presidency clean and simple?

SayNo2-O on June 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

This is way worse than anything Nixon ever did.

MarkTheGreat on June 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

This is way worse than anything Nixon ever did.

MarkTheGreat on June 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

And Obama would never have the good grace to resign.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Change we can believe in!

Where’s my free gas?

trs on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I want my puppy now!

WordsMatter on June 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

“Confused and disoriented” is a better description of B. Husien Obama without his teleprompter.

TrickyDick on June 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Somebody in the filthy liar’s inner circle needs to be going to jail for this.

Malkin was saying (on Ingraham’s radio show yesterday) that Mrs. Ogabe had a hand in this firing.

I can only imagine how that icy she-bear directs Baracky to do this and do that; her mean streak is evident.

Bishop on June 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Of course Walpin was “confused and disoriented”. He was standing in the way of The One’s friends stealing public funds, which is the point of the Obama administration. If that isn’t a clear cut example of confusion I don’t know what is.

18-1 on June 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Change we can believe in!

Where’s my free gas?

trs on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

You’ll have to wait for your NEW CAR!

Caper29 on June 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I can only imagine how that icy she-bear directs Baracky to do this and do that; her mean streak is evident.

Bishop on June 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM

As racist and hate-filled as Obama is, I really think that Michelle is the real hater in the family. They’ve softened her image up but she still comes off as cold with a giant “hate whitey” chip on her shoulder.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

It’s positively Nixonian, and it’s doubly sad that only Byron York and the Washington Examiner among the national media seem interested in pursuing it.

Did Nixon claim his opponents were senile or mentally ill? I associate those kinds of diversions with commies myself. The Central Committee is well known to label its opponents in such a fashion. Run-of-the-mill despots, like Khomeini or Hugo Chavez or Kim Jong-il, prefer the more direct approach and just accuse them of being traitors.

Outlander on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

oboobi broke the same law he co wrote… somehow this translates in to hopey/changey right….

SHARPTOOTH on June 24, 2009

If his promises come with an expiration date why shouldn’t his co-sponsored bills? He’s just being consistent.

SKYFOX on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

This looks more and more like a political hack job on Walpin.

It is a political hack job on Walpin. – What can he do?
What should he do? He needs to protect himself so
he does not become shark food. Obama may be arranging
a payoff now?

We might see Walpin retire to Bermuda along with more GITMO detainees??

izoneguy on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

a required notification to Congress, accused Walpin of being “confused and disoriented”

Isn’t this an act of lying to Congress? Roger Clemens should ask for an exception. Sammy Sosa too.

JonPrichard on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

You’ll have to wait for your NEW CAR!

Caper29 on June 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I can handle that but when is Mr. Obama going to be taking over my mortgage payments for me? I want my house but I shouldn’t have to pay for it, should I? The whole purpose of electing Obama is so that somebody else would end up paying for my stuff.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Ed, care to include the tidbit, revealed a couple of days ago, that the Board claims it requested his removal, not the WH?

okonkolo on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

“Thank you Byron York.

And this is worse than Travelgate because there are Republicans on the board giving cover to the corruption.

myrenovations on June 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM”

Names please. Matter of fact, name them all. We need to communicate with these organizers.

DanMan on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Confused and disoriented?

Didn’t Ogabe pick his VP for just those attributes?

Also, Obama was counting on Walpin being confused and disoriented. That’s why he got the job to investigate his bruh in CA. When he didn’t turn out to be senile, then he was fired.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Someone call Jason Mattera. Have him intercut asking Walpin questions and then a man on the street with DNCers.

- The Cat

MirCat on June 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

just saw on the main page where the one is reconsidering his invite to the BBQ

cmsinaz on June 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

As a favorite program of Barack and Michelle Obama, AmeriCorps was enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The Corporation also stood to receive vast amounts of new funding from the $5.7 billion Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which would triple the size of AmeriCorps.

Michelle’s people.

Shy Guy on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Did Nixon claim his opponents were senile or mentally ill?
Outlander on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

While Nixon is probably the better example when it comes to political maneuvering, let us not forget the “nuts and sluts” strategy of the Clinton years. Everytime another woman came forward to talk about the way she was abused by Clinton the response was that she wanted it (Paula Jones for example) or was deeply disturbed (Monica Lewinski).

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

After his performance during the press conference, can we start making insinuations about Obama’s mental capacity?

jacrews on June 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Michelle’s people.

Shy Guy on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

For those of you that didn’t understand what I’m referring to, watch and read here.

Shy Guy on June 24, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I hope the RNC targets seniors with this info on Walpin, and with Ogabe’s medicare cuts.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Thugocracy in action….

DL13 on June 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I’m sure race had nothing to do with it. It’s not like the POTUS and his open minded wife ever belonged to a Black racist church for twenty years or anything. I mean he does have white domestic terrorist friends too!!

Maybe Walpin is just too darn patriotic? Out with the old, in with the insane.

Hening on June 24, 2009 at 1:08 PM

I’ll be interested to see what comes out of the FBI’s obstruction of justice investigation. Or will that get quietly (and illegally) quashed, too?

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 1:08 PM

This clearly is an impeachable offense.

The republicans should file impeachment charges. While the democrat party will carry Obama’s water, it will drag attention away from the socialized medicine train wreck, and cut into his popularity numbers. It will also focus attention on his using the corrupt americorp and acorn organizations, and force them to cut funding.

It’d be a win-win for individualists.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:14 PM

As usual, it’s stupid to take the burden of proof upon ourselves. It’s not possible for anyone to prove that he’s NOT senile. If we don’t learn to put the burden where it belongs, we’ll always be spinning our wheels in trying to put out all the fires liberals are constantly starting.

Has anyone even personally and non-anonymously gone on record with this slander? Until that happens, trying to “defend” the claim is going to be counter-productive. Until and unless the Democrats put forth credible evidence, we have to do absolutely nothing but attack, attack and attack again.

The obvious fact is that if Walpin really had slept and drooled through that meeting, Obama’s team would be moving Heaven and earth to keep him on board.

logis on June 24, 2009 at 1:15 PM

All I have to say is that I’ll take a senile Walpin over a functioning Duh Won.

We cannot be any worse off that way, plus we will have a legitimate excuse if something goes sideways.

platypus on June 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM

I guess that Byron York watches/listens to The Glenn Beck Show.

Thank You Glenn Beck!

bill30097 on June 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Here we go…..Silver toung Turk cuts another throat. The Chigago way. Trained to lie and authorized to steal, just like Capone.

saiga on June 24, 2009 at 1:24 PM

The Examiner better be careful – they might become the only newspaper in America.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Agree with whomever above appreciated Hot Air following through on this issue. This ball needs to be kept in the air, and the MSM will not do it.

jeanie on June 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

“Difficult”
Sounds like a quality to look for in an independent investigator tasked with rooting out corruption.

Count to 10 on June 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM

As long as we are talking about the “Board”, here is a link to who they are.

But take a look at some of the connections of the Chairman, Alan D. Solomont.
and Here.

barnone on June 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM

This is disturbing.. Looks like Lieberman might be caving on this issue.

Barrack on June 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM

But whatever Walpin’s demeanor, it appears that board members, of both parties, were worried about the possibility of embarrassing new revelations involving a sensational case they thought had been closed. After the meeting, the board began an accelerated effort to remove Walpin, compiling an informal list of grievances against him….

If this is in fact true, I wanna know the names of the Repubs. They are every bit as complicit in trying to silence Walpin by removing him as IG.

No more tolerance of GOPer’s who aren’t taking a hard-line stance against corruption in government.

Shepherd Lover on June 24, 2009 at 1:33 PM

And I checked the website and strangely the May 2009 minutes are not there.

barnone on June 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Lou Dobbs has reported on this too. It isn’t just a “right-wing media” invention.

rockmom on June 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I just read the headlines on the Drudge Report and Warren Buffett stated, “U.S. economy in Shambles”. Warren’s birthday is August 30th and he will turn 80, so “maybe” the current administration will say that billionaire, Warren Buffett is confused just like 77 year old, Inspector General Gerald Walpin??? Nah, that’ll never happen!!!

Where is AARP standing on this age issue? I hope future adminstrations don’t treat me like Mr. Walpin when I get close to his age!!!!

yoda on June 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

It’s positively NixonianClintonian, and it’s doubly sad that only Byron York and the Washington Examiner among the national media seem interested in pursuing it.

Nixon was never that bad. If you want a precedent of firing people on trumped up charges, that would be Clinton in Travelgate, which is what Clinton should have been impeached for!

tom on June 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Byron York is probably going to be the Woodward and Bernstien of the Obama adminsistration. I am confident that he is the one that will be keeping track of most of the messes the Chicago Thug will be perpetrating on his country.
Check out the Washington Examiner for his articles. There are others over there that are doing actual journalism. He’s certainly not lazy like most of the press. The minute I saw him at our Tea Party in April I knew that the USA had a friend in him. He is an honest to goodness reporter. I’ve always said that if the mainstream media would just cover these stories they wouldn’t wouldn’t be having economic problems. They would be selling papers like mad. However, they haven’t taken my advice. Too bad for them because Byron York is actually doing the job of the MSM.

BetseyRoss on June 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Whatever. I’m going out for ice cream- anyone want a wafflecone?

Artifact67 on June 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM

BIG thanks to Hot Air for keeping this issue out there.
Walpin’s firing is corruption to the NTH degree. You would think heads would roll on this, but not in the Obama WH.

Email the MSM and demand answers.
Squeaky wheel gets the oil folks.

Jason58 on June 24, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The rarity of these sited incidents like these IG’s illegal firings should not be considered a single distinct event.
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I think if the right people dig further into any and all dealings associated with the Obama/Americorp/Acorn/Soros/Chicago machine works connections, we will see a consistent pattern of more acts of coruption. The culture of corruption is a pattern really. Bringing these aforementioned groups activities to the surface should bear many golden nuggets to take down this entire organized enterprise (conglomerate of shady business) operations.
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The question is: Will congress call for a special prosecuter? They should because there is nothing like the potentiality of a scandal during any Presidential term.
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If at a minimum, unsubstantiated taxation for future BS projects can be diminished if not eliminated.

Americannodash on June 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM

This may not be the “smoking gun” everyone seems to hope it is, but it IS one more chink in the armor, one more obvious sign of corruption, one more reason to jump off the hopenchange paintrain.

Bulldogger on June 24, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Have ANY of the House or Senate Beta Male democrats who howled about the AG firings said a peep about this?

olesparkie on June 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Ed, where is the credit to Glenn Beck…Beck has chased down this story as much as anyone.
This is just the first of Obama going after anyone who opposes him…on ANYTHING…and it will get MUCH worse.

nelsonknows on June 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Isn’t this an act of lying to Congress? Roger Clemens should ask for an exception. Sammy Sosa too.

JonPrichard on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Oh, its OK as long as its one politician lying to other politicians.

belad on June 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM

The OBAMA gang attacks an honest man working in our, the citizens, best interest by claiming senility. OBAMA is DESPICABLE.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 3:33 PM

An Inspector General could be “difficult,” and the CNCS thought that a reason for termination. Aren’t they supposed to be?

A charge not without its history: Ken Starr, the independent prosecutor, was frequently called “out of control.”

PersonFromPorlock on June 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

As I predicted the Walpin story is already old news. Oh what a blessing it is to be cuddled by the press.

MaiDee on June 24, 2009 at 4:22 PM

There is problems with 3 IG now… Not just Walpin.

reshas1 on June 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Ed, where is the credit to Glenn Beck…Beck has chased down this story as much as anyone.
This is just the first of Obama going after anyone who opposes him…on ANYTHING…and it will get MUCH worse.

nelsonknows on June 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Absolutely agree. Glenn has had him on, his wife on, I think his family on. He has given him a senility test just to show those stupid, ignorant, despicable/lying dems that the man could out think any of them on their best day.
So Ed, I love ya, but give the man some credit he has been all over it. That and the acorn debacle.
By the way, Chaffetz from Utah suggested using the post office people (and not the corrupt acorn) to do the census. Sounds like a great idea to me.

Bambi on June 24, 2009 at 7:03 PM

I’m honestly not seeing how his firing isn’t grounds for impeachment.

OneGyT on June 24, 2009 at 9:17 PM

In case my double negative made it confusing, I’m saying I think Obama’s firing of Walpin should be grounds for impeaching Obama. Corruption at its dirtiest.

OneGyT on June 24, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Finally! A new Walpin post. I really want this to stay in the news, this is big, big. Can anyone say “Abuse of Power”?

I’m in the middle of Ann Coulter’s “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” and couldn’t stop thinking of Walpingate while reading the chapter on Travelgate. I just hope that Walpingate goes further than that, since Travelgate really was an impeachable offense and it’s an outrage that it never went anywhere.. I pray that O is not another “teflon” potus.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Alas, the story is already gone.

AnninCA on June 24, 2009 at 11:14 PM