Then, during the presidential campaign, Obama leaned on the group for support, but shamelessly lied to the press about the connection. In 2007, in a speech to ACORN's leaders prior to their political arm's endorsement of his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama was effusive: "I've been fighting alongside of ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work."
This president is starting to lie with disturbing regularity. Obama's campaign aides denied he had been an ACORN trainer until the New York Times found records to prove it. Team Obama quietly gave an ACORN subsidiary $832,000 for get-out-the-vote activities in key primary states. On their financial disclosure forms, they claimed the money was for "staging, sound, lighting." It must have been one helluva stage. They only stopped lying after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review revealed their true nature.
This wasn't the only unpleasant line of questioning that most of the networks avoided. Only NBC's David Gregory asked about the role of liability reform in cutting health care costs. "You're not saying to the left they've got to accept malpractice reform, or caps on jury awards. You don't even think that that contributes to the escalating cost of health care."
Obama just ignored Gregory's question. Despite his reputation in the Bush White House as a pushy nuisance in the briefing room, Gregory didn't even attempt a weak follow-up with Obama. He changed the subject to Jimmy Carter suggesting opposition to Obama was racist.
Only CBS asked the president about his abandonment of a missile defense shield in central Europe. In his final question, Bob Schieffer pressed, "Shouldn't you have tried to get something from the Russians in exchange for doing that?" As usual, Obama said he was doing everything smarter and more efficiently than Bush, and he also blurted that Russia "had always been paranoid" about missile defense.
NBC's Gregory skipped that question to Obama, but then insisted on putting the screws to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham minutes later: "I want you on the record on the missile defense change from the White House. The Defense Secretary wrote in The New York Times this morning, 'Those who say we're scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting what we are doing.'"
At this point, you just start laughing.