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Glenn Beck Gives Gerald Walpin a Senility Test

By Ed O'Keefe

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.”

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 18, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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Comments

One of the Americorps honcho was the former DNC finance director. Exposing his lack of oversight of taxpayer money would hurt his nomination as Ambassador to Spain. The execs at Americorps got caught giving away taxpayer. $800,000 is still missing, and there is proof of shenanigans with another $75 million going to CUNY. The White House has been quiet on the criminal activities of the recipients of Americorps money. And Ezra Klein just hates the old guy.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 18, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck, TeeVee personality...say no more.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 18, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This trashing of an official just doing his job emits the same bad smell as the Clintonian steamroll over the character of Billy Dale and others in the travel office. Such thuggery is not worthy of a president, but it shows Obama has not strayed far from his Chicago roots. Mr. Walpin is sharp as can be and a patriot to boot. President Obama is untrustworthy and should not be allowed anywhere near government financial oversight rules or health care. Reverting to the bullying, low-class Clinton years is not change I can believe in.

Posted by: CTSKINSFAN2 | June 18, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I know all about the senility test. It's given to me annually. On my last test I scored a perfect score, but I still reside in Assisted Living due to a type of disability tied to the nervous system.

Posted by: maldelus | June 19, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

When is the WashPost gonna start doing their job and quit cosigning this administrations BS? My goodness..the spin and social engineering is getting OLD. Not all Americans are Sheeple to be herded and manipulated by the bologne you call journalism. Trust me..Barry's Admin. doesn't need another mouth piece from the MSM. Step up to bat, DO YOU JOB and differentiate yourself..

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2009/06/19/cnns-dobbs-interviews-fmr-inspector-general-fired-obama

Posted by: skillssss | June 19, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

This trashing of an official just doing his job emits the same bad smell as the Clintonian steamroll over the character of Billy Dale and others in the travel office. Such thuggery is not worthy of a president, but it shows Obama has not strayed far from his Chicago roots. Mr. Walpin is sharp as can be and a patriot to boot. President Obama is untrustworthy and should not be allowed anywhere near government financial oversight rules or health care. Reverting to the bullying, low-class Clinton years is not change I can believe in.

Posted by: CTSKINSFAN2
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Seems you forgot the prosecutor firings under Bush? Was that intentional or just an oversight?

Posted by: bnw173 | June 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Walpin was fired for several reasons. One was his apparent confusion at a meeting.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23921.html

Another was that he was accused of mishandling his investigation of Mayor Johnson (who, btw, I do agree is guilty of misappropriating funds and should be punished regardless of his political connections).

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/seeking-answers-on-ig-firing-sen-grassley-asks-about-possible-role-of-first-ladys-office.html

In either case, I do agree it looks bad. This is, in part, because the Right needs any ammunition it can get against Obama, so they seize onto ANYTHING, SOMETHING, to make them look less like the moral and corrupt party it was during the Bush administration. Let's just calm down. Politics dirties everyone and no one's hands are clean.

Posted by: schteph | June 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Walpin told Beck he had recently been quite useful to the Administration, with their pushing of Sotomayor, and so expected the call he was receiving while driving to be just one more along the same theme. But in this one he was told he had an hour to quit or be fired. A very odd way to fire someone whom you think is dazed and confused. On the other hand, if that's their take, an odd pick for help (e.g., a dozen phone calls) with Sotomayor.

Posted by: jostory | June 19, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Walpin is that he did not respect the privacy of Johnson, jumped chain of command and was found to be biased in his report by omitting informaion the shed a positive light on things for Johnson. Had he been professional about his investigaions he would have done the public a great service. He undermined his own credibility and showed that his reporting could not be trusted.Thus the loss of confidence.

Posted by: rpa777 | June 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If the prosecutors of former Sen. Ted Stevens can lose credibility because they omit information from their reports, why can't Walpin lose credibility for omitting information from his report. Also remember that it was a Republican appointed prosecutor who determined that Walpin had left out the information. I think this is nothing more than the GOP trying to find some story to help cover for Sen. Ensign and his embarrassment.

Posted by: jifler2004 | June 21, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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