Who believes Obama hasn’t been following this story very closely? Who believes Obama didn’t realize that ACORN was getting a “whole lot of federal money”. For that matter, who believes that Obama wasn’t following the House Judiciary Committee’s plans to investigate ACORN wrongdoing earlier this year, which incidentally, Committee Chairman, John Conyers tells us, “powers that be” put the kibosh on?
As Michelle Malkin said in her great column, today:
It strains credulity — no, it snaps credulity in half — to believe Obama “didn’t even know” that ACORN was “getting a whole lot of federal money”
With Obama’s extensive background with ACORN, he’s not been following the group’s spectacular public meltdown, brought to you by Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government.com this past couple of weeks? Please.
Sure, Obama’s got big things on his mind, like slashing America’s his nuclear arsenal, but, we all know Obama’s a multi-tasker.
It’s no secret that Obama got his start as a community organizer at ACORN’s side.
In 1992 he led voter registration efforts as the director of Project Vote, which included Acorn. This past November, he lauded Acorn’s leaders for being “smack dab in the middle” of that effort. Mr. Obama also served as a lawyer for Acorn in 1995, in a case against Illinois to increase access to the polls.
During his tenure on the board of Chicago’s Woods Fund, that body funneled more than $200,000 to Acorn. More recently, the Obama campaign paid $832,000 to an Acorn affiliate. The campaign initially told the Federal Election Commission this money was for “staging, sound, lighting.” It later admitted the cash was to get out the vote.
During the 2008 campaign, Obama often cited his work as a community organizer as experience that made him qualified to be President.
It’s not the biggest issue facing the country, Obama assures us, wishing inconvenient news stories would all go away. Well, they’re not going away.
Andrew Breitbart promises in his latest Big Hollywood post, Planting the Seeds: The Politicized Art Behind the ACORN Plan, “yes, there is more to come”.
The next bombshell to drop at 12:00 eastern, Monday, this time featuring Obama’s brewing NEA controversy.
But, there is even a larger issue that hasn’t yet received much attention in the press. Among the Obama Administration officials on the call were Buffy Wicks, Office of Public Engagement and the lead White House official on the President’s Serve.Gov initiative to promote national service. Also on the call was Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for Serve.Gov. One of their main goals on the call, it seems, was to encourage artists to produce works that would reinforce the President’s call for service; specifically through the Serve.Gov web-portal.
As Dana Loesch recently reported at Big Government, the Serve.Gov portal funnels citizens to volunteer or service projects connected with ACORN and other leftist groups. The taxpayer-funded website is evolving into a cyber-recruitment tool for the progressive movement.
So what did happen on that call? Was the NEA coordinating with the White House to push their agenda on a group of artists eager for and reliant upon the NEA for grants, or is the NEA telling the truth that this call “was not a means to promote any legislative agenda”?