A.P. June 16, 2009: Here is an official text of the prime time speech that Obama is going to give tonight at 8:00 p.m. E.S.T.: “I did not steal money from Americorp. My buddy and supporter Kevin Johnson did. All these events took place before I took office. Kevin Johnson did them. I did NOT pay kids with government money to wash my car, or to drive around doing personal errands for me. Kevin Johnson did. All I did was fire the guy who discovered what Kevin Johnson did. Gerald Walpin discovered what Kevin Johnson did. Gerald Walpin wouldn’t shut up about what KeViN JoHNsoN did. Gerald Walpin went to the press about what KEVIN JOHNSON did. All I did was fire Gerald Walpin.”
“Now, since my EX friend Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, is saying that I
broke the law by firing Gerald Walpin, I have invented released my reasons why I fired Mr. Walpin. Mr. Walpin was “confused” and “disoriented.” (Please, no jokes about my Vice President, this is serious.) Mr. Walpin lost my “full confidence.” Trust me. I am not a crook. OK, maybe I am covering up for a crook, my buddy Kevin Johnson. I am just covering up for one of my Homeys. Kevin Johnson did it. He’s the crook. I just tried to cover it up. What would you do, let him take the rap? If you could fire the guy who was investigating him instead? If you could fire the guy who was talking to the Press? Who was just some guy who was appointed by George Bush? Come on. That’s not the “Chicago Way!” I am not a crook. Thank you, and Allah Bless Amerika.”
UPDATE: From Hot Air, this shows what a crock of shit is the newest excuse for firing Mr. Walpin:
“…Let’s unwind the timeline a bit to test this new allegation. Walpin pressed hard to prosecute Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson for defrauding the government over more than $400,000 in community service grants. Johnson, an Obama supporter, got a deal from the White House that allowed him to manage federal funds again and avoid paying back at least half of the grant money he used illegally. The White House cut Walpin out of those negotiations, and Walpin went to Congress about it.”
“At that point, the White House called Walpin and told him he had an hour to resign or be fired. Now, if the White House thought that Walpin was somehow incapacitated or disoriented, why bother to make that call at all? In fact, wouldn’t an employer with an ounce of empathy send the employee to a physician for diagnosis first? Even without the empathy, the proper course would have been to address the issue with Congress first instead of making an intimidation attempt to someone the White House now paints as all but senile.”
“This is nothing more than a bare-knuckled smear job, a despicable attempt to use allegations of mental illness to discredit someone who ran afoul of Barack Obama for taking the independence of his job seriously. That may play in Chicago, and it used to play in Moscow, but it shouldn’t play in Washington DC and America.”
UPDATE II (6/19/09): Ah, here it is, Washington Times Editorial about the staffer who witnessed what went on in the May 20, 2009 “contentious meeting.” Here is my prediction: This will become much ado about nothing. The MSM will ignore it. Too many people are too heavily invested in not allowing Obama to fail. Too early in the honeymoon. Nothing to see here, move along. But I hope I’m wrong.