Whenever Barack Obama is pressed -- not by the "mainstream" press, of course -- about his questionable associations, they're never as intimate as they appear, to hear him tell it.
William Ayers, radical Weather Underground bomber and early Obama associate and supporter? Just a guy in the neighborhood. Jeremiah Wright? I never was there for the really bad stuff. ACORN?
That is Obama's rather disingenuous dance now that the "community organizing" agency has been exposed as a corrupt enterprise that encourages illegality.
In an interview Sept. 20, Obama claimed not to have paid much attention to the burgeoning ACORN scandal, word of which was unavoidable to anyone in U.S. airspace, and which caused both houses of Congress to vote to strip its federal funding.
He also claimed no knowledge of ACORN's pending stimulus funding of some $8 billion -- and dismissed it all as unworthy of his time.
Don't buy it. Obama saying he's not interested in ACORN is like saying you don't care about the fraternity or sorority you've been in since college.
"Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about ACORN," writes John Fund in The Wall Street Journal . "In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years.
"He became a top trainer at ACORN's Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became ACORN's attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law's loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by ACORN employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names."
So, when Obama says, "Frankly, it's not something I've followed closely," we find it exceedingly hard to believe.
Lastly, he was asked what he thought about Congress de-funding his old organization. He said it wasn't important enough to discuss.
Interesting, since he took the time to give his prediction for the World Series to NBC.
Maybe the expenditure of millions and even billions of taxpayer dollars isn't important to the president, but it sure is to taxpayers.
It will be fascinating to see what he does if and when Congress asks him to sign a bill on ACORN.
And whether he'll need to read up on the organization first.