Glenn Beck Gives Gerald Walpin a Senility Test
Has Gerald Walpin jumped the shark?
The White House alleged earlier this week that the former inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service was "confused, disoriented" and "unable to answer questions" at a late May board meeting of the agency that operates AmeriCorps. The veteran New York prosecutor and private attorney was appointed the agency's watchdog by President George W. Bush in 2007.
Walpin has conducted several interviews with reporters since last week's dismissal. He made a second appearance last night on Fox News' "Glenn Beck Program."
He suggested that the White House's justifications for his dismissal suggested he was too old for the job.
"It's really unfortunate when the government suggests that someone's too old for public service," Walpin, 77, told Beck.
Sympathetic to his situation ("How's your wife?" a concerned Beck asked him at one point), the host cited the age of several senior Democratic lawmakers (Sens. Byrd and Kennedy and House Speaker Pelosi were three mentioned) to prove that plenty of seniors still serve their nation without apparent White House objection.
In an effort to prove his fitness for duty, Beck administered a senility test on Walpin.
"This is the test that if Grandpa just is taking the tractor out and going through the wall of Denny's -- which my grandfather did -- you take him to the hospital and give him this test," Beck said.
After a commercial break, Beck asked Walpin a series of questions (watch above):
"What is the year?" Beck asked.
"2009," Walpin replied.
"What is the season?"
"Spring. Late Spring."
"What is the date?"
"Today is June 17th, I think."
"Where are we?" Beck inquired.
"We're in New York City, the great city of the world," Walpin answered.
"Do you know what floor you're on?" Beck asked.
"I didn't push the elevator button," Walpin replied.
You get the idea.
Reached at his Manhattan home this afternoon, Walpin laughed when asked about the test. He wasn't crazy about the gimmick, but thinks it helped his cause.
"It was clearly an attempt to rebut the appearance that I think I’ve created in all of my media appearances of someone who is logical, calm, knows what he’s doing and is standing on principle, because he doesn’t want the inspector general system to be torpedoed.”
| June 18, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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