Channeling clueless Charlie Gibson and Nancy Pelosi, President Obama is playing dumb about ACORN. Here’s what he said on ABC’s This Week this morning:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But have your — have some of your allies made it easier for — handed your opponents some ammunition, like ACORN, for example…OBAMA: Well, look, the — you know, I think that — are there folks in the Democratic camp or on the left who haven’t — haven’t always operated in ways that I’d appreciate? Absolutely.STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress said they should cut off all funding for ACORN.OBAMA: Is — is — is…STEPHANOPOULOS: … all funding for ACORN. Are you for that?OBAMA: Is that true on the other side, as well? Of course that’s true.STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?OBAMA: You know, it’s — 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.STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re not committing to — to cut off the federal funding?OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.
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” given his extensive legal services on behalf of the group and training for its voter education arm, Project Vote. (Go re-read my column from June 2008, “The ACORN Obama knows,” and all the links for a refresher course.)
Now that the White House supports an investigation, Congress should make sure to investigate:
2) How Team Obama shared donor lists with the president’s old employer, ACORN affiliate Project Vote, a 501(c)(3) organization, which is prohibited from engaging in political activity (Mr. President, meet Anita MonCrief);
3) And how Project Vote and hundreds of myriad entities intermingled non-profit, tax-exempt funding with the national ACORN flagship’s political operations — a buried story Obama would know about if he read NYTimes reporter Stephanie Strom’s report last October before she was muzzled as Election Day drew near.
Bring it on.