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146 Lawyers Sign a Letter Challenging Obama’s Claim That Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin Was “Confused”

June 24, 2009

  Today 146 lawyers signed a letter that claims that fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin was neither “confused” nor “disoriented”, a claim that President Obama made for his reason for firing Waspin as an inspector general.

  It is beyond obvious to anyone who is following this story to come to any other conclusion than Obama fired Walpin for political reasons. Walpin uncovered fraud that was being committed by an Obama friend who worked for a favorite Obama organization– AmeriCorps, so he fired him.

  Going beyond the illegality of the firing that broke the law that he co-sponsored as a senator, which I have covered extensively, there is the discriminatory reasons for firing a man that Obama considered to old to serve his country. The terms “confused” and “disoriented” were meant to imply that just because of Walpin’s age he must be senile. This is a reprehensible stereotype.

  These lawyers are now coming to Walpin’s defense, claiming that he has never shown the symptoms that the president claimed he displayed.

We have known Mr. Walpin as a leading member of the New York Bar for many years,” said the letter. “Many of us have seen and heard him speak, including at this month’s meeting of the Second Circuit Judicial Conference and last week’s meeting of the Board of the Federal Bar Council

We have never seen Mr. Walpin to be ‘confused, disoriented [or] unable to answer questions,’” said the letter. “While none of us was present at the meeting referred to in Mr. Eisen’s letter, we can report only that such an allegation is totally inconsistent with our personal knowledge of Mr. Walpin who has always, through the present day, exhibited a quick mind and a command of the facts (whether we agree with him or not) and eloquence — essentially the opposite of someone who is ‘confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions.

  The letter also includes a reminder that both sides of the aisle are represented in the letter, this wasn’t just a Republican effort.

We note that the singers of this letter include both Republicans and Democrats, voters for both President Obama and Senator McCain, and many who do not agree with Mr. Walpin’s personal political views. But all of us are unanimous in affirming Mr. Walpin’s integrity and competence

  President Obama fired Gerald Walpin for political reasons and he did so without giving the required 30 notice and without providing the  reasoning to congress behind the firing. When asked about his reasons for firing Walpin Obama proceeded to run a smear campaign against Walpin.

  This issue appears to have staying power. I thought that it would just go away but that doesn’t seem to be the case. There is quite a bit of evidence that suggests that Obama acted improperly and as the evidence seems to mount every day we need to get to the bottom of this issue.

  If the president is going to make it his policy to fire any inspector general that uncovers fraud in what Obama considers a politically correct organization we need to know. If Obama believes the “politics of personal destruction” is okay if the victim is getting too close to abuses of taxpayer money in the administration or with the administration’s friends we need to know.

  Gerald Walpin uncovered abuse of taxpayer money and for that Obama fired him, this is unacceptable. We need an investigation RIGHT NOW!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deb permalink
    June 27, 2009 7:49 am

    Good. I only hope they keep this issue in the forefront. THe more missteps Obama makes that are proved, the better.


  2. Bob Cipperly permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:11 am

    I would like to know why charges have not been filed in this violation of the law. I have contacted two congressmen and two senators ragarding this and have requested that they take action against the violators. Also, Obama and crew have slandered and defamed Mr. Walpin for their own political reasons. This issue goes to the very heart of fraud that has and will be occurring if this is not brought to the forefront. Mr. Walpin should be reinstated and his report(s) made public. I am a retired Certified Internal Auditor.


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