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Obama On ACORN Scandal: "Not Something I’ve Followed Closely"

Yeah, right.

Obama and ACORN go way, way back.

Here’s an ACORN-Obama sign from 2008, via Michelle Malkin.

ACORN is the largest radical Leftist group in America today.
This radical group worked closely with the Obama campaign during the election. But, the community organizing group was not open about this. The photo below was scrubbed from the ACORN website before the election:

One of Barack Obama’s first big “community organizer” jobs involved ACORN in 1992. He has been working along side ACORN since before he became an elected official. Obama also trained ACORN employees. He represented ACORN in court. Obama worked with and protested with ACORN. His campaign donated $800,000 to ACORN in 2008 for voter registration efforts.
And, ACORN even canvassed for Obama last year.

Today George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” asked Barack Obama about the ACORN child prositution scandal, an organization that is closely tied to the president.
ABC reported:

It was one of the most popular topics among the questions you submitted to me for my interview with President Obama – the controversy involving ACORN.

While the President said that ACORN “deserves to be investigated” in light of the “inappropriate” video that’s gone viral, he did not endorse recent votes in Congress to cut off federal funding for the community group.

Here’s our FULL exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA: You know, if — 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.

More… Michelle Malkin added:

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.

Related… ACORN prez Bertha Lewis is outraged; disses Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
More here.

UPDATE: Obama also hinted at bringing back the Fairness Doctrine during the Sunday show circuit today.

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