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Obama: Fired IG ‘Confused, Disoriented’

From Fox News:

Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being ‘Confused, Disoriented’

Major Garrett

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve."

In a letter to the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee that oversees AmeriCorps, Obama listed these alleged defects in Walpin’s leadership as an Inspector General.

    * Removed after unanimous request from the AmeriCorps board of directors
    * At May, 20, 2009, board meeting Walpin "was confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions and exhibited behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve."
    * The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California complained about Walpin’s conduct to the IG oversight board and alleged he withheld exculpatory evidence.
    * Walpin had "been absent from the Corporation’s headquarters, insisting upon working from his home in New York over the objection" of the board.
    * He "exhibited a lack of candor in providing material information to decision makers."
    * He "engaged in other troubling and inappropriate conduct."
    * He "had become unduly disruptive to agency operations, impairing his effectiveness."

The letter, authored by Norman Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for ethics, concluded: "It was for these reasons that Mr. Walpin was removed." …

On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, sought all White House information Walpin’s firing. That followed a request from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that AmeriCorps provide "any and all records, e-mail, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information" related to Walpin’s firing. Issa and Grassley are minority members of congressional oversight panels.

Republicans also have asked what role, if any, First Lady Michelle Obama played in Walpin’s firing. The White House denies she had any voice in Walpin’s future with the agency.

Republicans began to question Michelle Obama’s role after press reports indicated she was taking a strong interest in AmeriCorps activities and when her former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, became a "senior adviser" to the Corporation for National and Community Service, also known as AmeriCorps.

What a bizarre litany of grievances.

Of course if Mr. Walpin were just a regular government employee he would definitely have a case for a whopping wrongful termination lawsuit.

He would probably be eligible for some disability pay, as well.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “Obama: Fired IG ‘Confused, Disoriented’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    OH …..WHATEVER!!
    Just another line of bullshiite to cover the monkeys ass in yet another way to razzle dazzle the anus smooching media!!

    I would think the media is tired of licking last nights cheese burgers or pizza off the “I Won” buttocks!!

  2. tranquil.night says:

    It’s so hard when Bam does something like this to tell if he’s trying to hide something or if he’s just being an arrogant S.o.B, because by the time we might get any truth on this we’ll be living in a completely new country (again) where any legal action will be thrown out since it is by that point ‘irrelevant.’

    And I’d say everyone on Nerobama’s cabinet right now looks confused or disoriented. Some just plain look doped up.

  3. curvyred says:

    Sounds like ageism to me – but anyone who has witnessed Walpin’s interviews he is anythng BUT disoriented and confused – he is in full control of his faculties.

    Mr. Walpin uncovered fraud at Johnson’s St Edmund’s Hope Academy – Johnson is a big O supporter and the mayor of Sacramento. In fact there has been a settlement of $423K in the Johnson case.

    Mr. Walpin also uncovered misappropriations at NYU

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/key-obama-ally-says-president-obama-did-not-follow-the-law-in-ig-firing.html

    And since when does an “anonymous source” get to detemine someone’s firing?

  4. proreason says:

    Cross them and they will destroy you.

    Just like the USSR.

    • jobeth says:

      That was my first thought, Pro…if not the “re-education camp, its off to the asylum for you. After all it’s for your own good…being confused and disoriented and all. The Dear Leader only has your best interests at heart.

  5. Right of the People says:

    At least Walpin didn’t have an “accident” or commit “suicide” like Vince Foster.

    And to think I thought a year ago it was a good thing that The One took out the Hildabeast. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he had a chance in Hades of winning, of course I wasn’t counting on Soros and his buds tanking the economy either.

  6. Douglas says:

    Something failed here in Obama’s vetting process. How did someone who’s actually competent get through?

  7. electionhangovervictim says:

    Ok, so let’s say all those things Oblahblah said about Walpin are true…that he did engage in troubling and inappropriate conduct (what, EXACTLY?)…that he was confused and disoriented, etc… unless that piece of legislation that he himself co-sponsored makes exceptions for such behavior, then isn’t he still required to run it by Congress? I understand that the legislation says Congress should be informed of the firing REGARDLESS of the reason.

  8. jobeth says:

    MY interpretation of what MIGHT have been meant (read that probably meant) by their complaints of Mr Walpin

    * Removed after unanimous request from the AmeriCorps board of directors (After an iron fisted dictum was received from the Great “I Won” and/or the Mrs Great ‘I Won”)

    * At May, 20, 2009, board meeting Walpin “was confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions and exhibited behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve.” (Mr Walpin was totally flabbergasted at their ridiculous hidden agenda questions and expressed total shock)

    * The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California complained about Walpin’s conduct to the IG oversight board and alleged he withheld exculpatory evidence. (Yep…he refused to be bullied into giving them info they were not intitled to.)

    * Walpin had “been absent from the Corporation’s headquarters, insisting upon working from his home in New York over the objection” of the board. ( He found home was the only place he could actually get work done without being bullied and bothered)

    * He “exhibited a lack of candor in providing material information to decision makers.” (Didn’t give into their agenda and refused to co-operate in altering material information…mainly because HE was the dicision maker)

    * He “engaged in other troubling and inappropriate conduct.” ( Let’s throw in the vague “kitchen sink” and let people’s imagination run wild, besides they couldn’t come up with anything else)

    * He “had become unduly disruptive to agency operations, impairing his effectiveness.” ( Began to insist on doing his job in an appropriate manner thus disrupting their agenda)

    Just saying….

    • electionhangovervictim says:

      That’s a spot on interpretation, I’d say!

    • proreason says:

      Spot on, Jobeth, spot on.

    • U NO HOO says:

      “* Walpin had “been absent from the Corporation’s headquarters, insisting upon working from his home in New York over the objection” of the board. ( He found home was the only place he could actually get work done without being bullied and bothered)…

      * He “had become unduly disruptive to agency operations, impairing his effectiveness.” ( Began to insist on doing his job in an appropriate manner thus disrupting their agenda)”

      OK, so he wasn’t even on site but his absence disrupted operations?

      As someone used to say, Puuulllleeeezzzzze, give me a gold plated break, or at least some slack.

  9. bronzeprofessor says:

    Wait, wait, wait — maybe my Hispanic bias is showing through, but wasn’t the flap over Alberto Gonzales based on his firing people inappropriately?

    I’m sure pro-Obama proxies (POPs) will have some explanation for this, based on the legal “nuances” (the Left’s favorite buzzword) distinguishing between attorneys and inspectors. Just like they distinguished between Clinton and Mark Foley by saying Monica was 22 and Mark Foley’s Internet crushes were 17. Just like they distinguished between a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old as the targets of attacks.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Let’s just through a whole litany of crap at this guy and see what sticks.

    This is how a gang-rape occurs when someone doesn’t play ball with the group.

    Having been subjected to a similat attack, I can tell you that everyone jumps on the bandwagon to condemn a person based on hearsay and flim-flamery with an ensuing drumhead trial.

    Blammo said, “I want him out, I don’t care how you do it, just do it”.

  11. proreason says:

    Walprin fires back:

    “Gerald Walpin, who until last week was the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, told FOXNews.com that part of Obama’s explanation was a “total lie” and that he feels he’s got a target on his back for political reasons. “……

    “That’s a total lie,” Walpin said of the latter charge. And he said the accusation that he was dazed and confused at one meeting out of many was not only false, but poor rationale for his ouster.

    “It appears to suggest that I was removed because I was disabled — based on one occasion out of hundreds,” he said.

    “I would never say President Obama doesn’t have the capacity to continue to serve because of his (statement) that there are 56 states,” …

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/17/fired-ig-calls-white-house-explanation-baseless-says-hes-targeted/

    Oh if our Repubican “leaders” had a pair like this guy has.

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    The “Crazy Ol’ White Dude” defense…again.

  13. Grassy Knoll says:

    I’m sure a congressional investigation will get to the bot…….. I’m sorry. I couldn’t even finish that statement.

  14. canary says:

    The Sob O’ llaho just goes out of his way for terrorists and yemen to get 1st class trials, but Obama acts like his BBF’s leaders of middle-east muslims and Chavez dictators when it comes to surpassing a law he made in the American kingdom, to not give a trial or 30 day notice to a little OIG inspector. Looks like the OIG had better form a Federal Labor Union, to protect themselves from the great SOB o’ llaho.

    Also, in his obomination book he lists Saudi-Arabia #1 as an extremist terrorist country, before Iran, complaining again about our dependence on them for oil. Yet, his bows and kneels to his VBBF most favorite King of Saudi-Arabia.

    In all the contradictions and confusions with Michello, his sister and editor, and the long lists many friends who read the manuscript and gave suggestions. and thanking a long list of his Senate staff ” for providing editorial suggestions, policy recommendations, reminders, and corrections”. and on and

    “A former staffer, Madhuri Kommareddi, devoted the summer before she entered Yale Law School to fact-check the entire manuscript. Her talent and energy leaves me breathless. Thanks as well to Hillary Schrenell, who volunteered to help Maduri with a number of research items, in the foreign policy chapter.” excerpt from acknowledgments barrack obama the aduacity of hope.

    (He forgot to thank his mother for her Indonesia stories and b.s.)

    No wonder nothing makes since, back and forth, all gobbled up, and contradicting. Saudi Arabia is dangerous because I guess Madhuri sees that, but Obama sleeps there. Who is this SoB’ollah Omambo bamboozling bozo.

  15. bobbys says:

    The real truth was he was caught stealing watermelons outta Obamas truck patch.

    You know the melons that go from seed to melons in 2 weeks…..


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