ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis appeared on Fox News Sunday responding to the storm of allegations surrounding the community group.
It was an exclusive to Fox today and the only place you didn’t see President Obama pitching his health care plan this morning, as the president blanketed the airwaves giving interviews to five Sunday shows including Univision, but not to Fox.
Lewis responded to both the House and the Senate voting to cut off federal funding to ACORN and the hidden camera sting that showed ACORN employees apparently giving advice and help to two individuals who they thought were a pimp and prostitute.
Initially representatives from ACORN said the videos were doctored.
On the video sting, Lewis said, “…I was outraged by it. Everyone should be. And I can understand how the Congress was also.”
And for the behavior of employees she responded “… we continue to make sure that all of our employees -- if they're too stupid to understand that they are not reaching professional standards, we terminate them.”
Host Chris Wallace also bought up President Obama’s involvement with the group and asked Lewis if she hopes the president will veto any measure that comes to Congress about cutting off funding that hits his desk. She responded, “Here's what we want. President Obama is a very smart, very thoughtful person. What he does is his decision. I would never presume to tell the president whether he should veto a bill or not.”
Meanwhile across the dial on ABC’s This Week in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, President Obama said that he supports investigating the organization. He said, “You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.”
The president also went on to say it’s not an issue he’s keeping close tabs on, “You know, it's -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money…George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.”
Back on Fox News Sunday, Lewis gave feedback on the news of Mr. Obama support an investigation, “Well, that's his opinion also.”
Tomorrow ACORN plans to release who they have assigned as an independent auditor to look into the group.
ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and helps low-income individuals and families. The group has faced fraud allegations for years.