Sunday, September 20, 2009

You Lie! ... President Obama: 'I Didn't Know ACORN Was Getting a Whole Lot of Funding'

Is President Obama lying again? His statement to George Stephanopoulos today: "I didn't know ACORN was getting a whole lot of government funding." (Via Memeorandum.)

If this isn't an outright lie, I don't know what is. As one of the commenters at Lucianne notes:
Just when you thought that this mans credibility could sink no further, he makes this incredibly stupid statement:

"I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money."

The Apollo Alliance wrote the darned Stimulus Bill that has $4.19 Billion earmarked for the ACORN umbrella. You know, Van Jones’ organization Apollo Alliance, he’s a good friend of Valerie Jarrett like the BFF kind. Come on man, that statement is an insult to every American's intelligence [spelling corrections appended].


The New York Times reports that Senate Democrats met with President-elect Obama in January to discuss "the proposed $800 billion economic recovery plan ... on track for passage by mid-February." The measure included funding for neighborhood stabilization and community development block grants. As House Minority Leader John Boehner noted in January, "ACORN Could Get Billions from Democrats' Trillion Dollar Spending Plan: 'Job Creation' Bill Offers Taxpayer-Funded Bonanza for Organization Reportedly Under Federal Investigation."

Plus, at the Washington Examiner, "Stimulus Bill Funds ACORN Despite its History of Corruption." And, Puma-Eyes, "ACORN Positioned for Billions of Obama Stimulus Scratch."

And this statement comes from the
House conference committee bill itself:
The conference agreement provides $3,000,000,000, of which $1,000,000,000 is appropriated for the Community Development Block Grant program and $2,000,000,000 is available for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This funding is provided instead of the $5,190,000,000 proposed by the House. Funding was not provided in the Senate. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding will assist states, local governments, and nonprofits in the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed, vacant properties in order to create more affordable housing and reduce neighborhood blight.
ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis denied that her group was receiving neighborhood stabilization grants, but according to Eric Brown:
ACORN has basically denied that it has received or plans to seek the $2 billion in “neigborhood stabilization” funds provided for in the stimulus bill. The bill, however, also contains $1 billion for “community development block grants” and $2 billion for the “provision of emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes” (page 103 of the PDF). ACORN seems to be involved in this program. ACORN is hardly the stranger to public funds some have suggested; a search for ACORN-related information on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website alone yields over 500 hits, including clear indications that ACORN Housing Corp. receives public funds.
Check the full text of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 here.

In February, the White House trumpeted the initial distribution of block grant funding from the bill, "Fighting Foreclosure and Homelessness":

Just a week after President Obama signed the Act into law, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today allocated 75% of its recovery funds -- $10 billion -- to create green jobs, to revive housing markets with high rates of foreclosure, and curb homelessness ....

The money opened up today includes:

$3 billion to develop, finance, and modernize public housing; $255 million for Native American and Native Hawaiian Housing; nearly $100 million for lead hazard reduction; $2.25 billion to kick-start the production of stalled affordable rental housing projects under the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP); $2 billion to undertake much-needed project improvements to maintain the quality of critical affordable housing; $1 billion to rehabilitate affordable housing and improve key public facilities under the Community Development Block Grant Program; $1.5 billion to reduce homelessness, and prevent it among those facing a sudden economic crisis; and a temporary increase to the loan limits of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
Here's a screecap of the White House page, just in case:

All we're missing is a direct statement from the president showing that his comments today are blatantly dishonest. But for good measure, Fire Andrea Mitchell adds this:
ACORN of course received over $800,000 from Obama during his presidential campaign, has received over $54 from the government over the last 10 years or so, and was set to receive about $8.5 BILLION from the stimulus package this year. Obama also was an attorney for ACORN during the ’90s. 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. There's also a famous soundbite of him now telling Acorn how they “will have a seat at the table” once he got elected [spelling corrections appended].

The ABC report is here, "Obama on ACORN: 'Not Something I've Followed Closely' Won't Commit to Cut Federal Funds."

Are You Freaking Stupid? has more, "
ACORN Latest Group Thrown Under Bus. But Obama is Not Really Aware of Them." Also, Gateway Pundit, "Obama On ACORN Scandal: 'Not Something I've Followed Closely'," and Hot Air Pundit, "Obama On ABC This Week Reacts To The ACORN Videos."


UPDATE: Linked at Patriot Room!


Mark Harvey said...

Obama IS ACORN and IS SEIU and is Obamacare. He can no more differentiate himself from ACORN than he can differentiate himself from himself.

Obama. ASSHAT!

Jo-Anne said...

I wish Obama would stop insulting the intelligence of the American People with his lies. Wilson may not be able to call him a liar I will. It seems to me I saw him telling ACORN they would be with him on his campaign trail as well as in the "TRANSFORMATION" of our country 5 days before he was elected. It really angers us that he thinks we aren't listening to him. It would be nice if he'd show us the same consideration. Just like he TRIES to distance himself from his pastor of 20 years, whom he claims his teachings haven't affected him, another lie. Nobody spends 52 days a year listening to Wright's rantings & then claims he doesn't agree with him. If he didn't agree with him, Obama would never have continued for 20 YEARS as a member of that church.

Oprah said she went to Wright's church for a short time. We know why she found another church home, at least we can assume why after hearing 5 min. of Wright's rantings.

Obama always tries to distance himself from those that get found out for what they are really doing, Van Jones. He misleads us, or tries to mislead us, but we are a lot smarter than he thinks we are. I believe these people with so-called high intellect are so far out of touch with typical, mainstream Americans they don't even know what time of day it is. Example: Is Obama ever on time when he is scheduled to grace us once again with his daily pack of lies he tries to hand us? It would be nice if he respected us enough just to be on time.

As far as healthcare goes, Obama has NOT written a plan, nor has he ever read any of the plans that have been shoved in our face. It is obvious by the way he states his case & is commented to by Wilson, "you lie". Read the bills & you won't so-call mis-speak. If that wasn't so; then why did Congress put the language about illegal immigrants in the bill the very next day. We could go on & on about his lies to the people. It's not necessary, we, the people, have seen & heard him too, too, too, many times. We've heard him say the same stuff over & over with no change, except, there are 30M people not covered; instead of, the original 46M. WE WANT THE NITTY-GRITTY DETAILS OF THE BILL BEFORE IT'S VOTED ON, NOT AFTER, SO THAT IT CAN BE LEFT IN THERE, WHEN WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE AGAINST.

Anonymous said...

What a liar.

Average American said...

Nothing new really. He hardly knew Bill Ayers, just some guy that lived in the same neighborhood. He didn't hear Rev. Wright say all those nasty, vile, un-American things. He didn't know Van Jones was a communist.

Anonymous said...

ah, the name calling. endless..If he is lying, then prove it in print rather than assuming or innuendo.

If indeed he is lying, ACORN has not killed the Americans that the Bush/Cheney lies have killed about Iraq WMD.

Dave said...

I am starting to think that Obama's "blackness" comes from something he is full of rather than his skin color.


Jo-Anne said...

Fred I'm not for any of the breaking of our constitution this pres. has done. Prove what you are saying yourself. He has been in bed with Acorn for many years. He is always conviently distancing himself when his thug nation bed-buddies get found out. Facts Are Facts. The proof comes out of his own mouth. It's obvious you are a liberal person, cause you apparently don't watch the fair & balanced news. You must be watching the FRINGE NEWS that only tells a piece of the story. Come out of your denial & face the fact that Obama will use you & the rest of the radicals that follow him & want to control what time we can say or do anything. He'll throw all of you to the dogs when he's done with you. WAKE UP FRED BEFORE YOU DROWN. Something else that indicates your position, you are still hung up on the blame game. All liberal radicals seem to do this. Only people who are not liberal are held accountable. Liberal radicals think they can say or do what they please & everyone is just supposed to say oh yes you are always right even when you are wrong or inappropriate in words or behavior. If the shoe fits fred.
WEAR IT. There will come a day when the mess Obama is making will have to be cleaned up by others. Funny, He's Spent more money than all the pres. put together including Bush. None of this matters to you otherwise you wouldn't be agreeing with this out of control craziness coming from the WH & Washington Period. Glenn Beck's on, gotta go. bye

Bob Belvedere said...

President O said: I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

Prof, I was so saddened to hear that President Barack Hussein Obama has Alzheimer's.

I offer my heartfelt thoughts at:

Dave said...


Right, Fred, Iraq had no WMDs:

If Bush lied, then so did Clinton, but I doubt your seriously impaired memory goes back that far.

In fact, most of you lfties apparently are of the belief that history began in January of 2001.

BTW-What about doing what no one else has been able to, and that is find where GWB said we were going into Iraq because of WMDs.

As I recall, it was to remove Saddam from power, and they used what was essentially a plan developed under Clinton to do it.

I also recall it was done with the full blessing of the Underfunded Nations.