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Obama's Sudden ACORN Amnesia

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Posted on September 22 2009 1:15 am

In a weekend interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, President Obama suddenly came down with a case of selective amnesia regarding his former employer, the radical left-wing activist group ACORN — which just happens to be pure public-relations poison right now.

Incredibly, the president, himself a former Alinskyite community organizer who worked for, trained for, and represented ACORN in court as its lawyer, told Stephanopoulos he hadn’t been following the ACORN story recently.

Frankly it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money…What I know is that what I saw on that [undercover sting] video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated…George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal politely suggested that’s nonsense on the “Glenn Beck Program” Monday. Fund said Obama’s reaction is

curious because ACORN has gotten federal funding throughout its existence and Barack Obama has a long history of working with ACORN. He was a trainer for them in their Chicago seminars.  He was their lawyer. I suspect at some point ACORN paid him. I suspect some of that was probably federal funds.

Meanwhile, useful idiots on the left are tripping over each other in the rush to defend ACORN, their embattled ally.

Journalist Joe Conason, a longtime Bill Clinton apologist, predictably whines that poor, poor ACORN is being picked on and misrepresented. In a column at Salon.com, Conason blames ACORN’s recent troubles on the political right:

Like so many conservative attacks, the crusade against ACORN has been highly exaggerated and even falsified to create a demonic image that bears little resemblance to the real organization.

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