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We've been telling you about the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who the White House claims is, "confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions."
Well, I've spoken to him twice before and Wednesday night I even put him through the official state mini mental exam to check him out. Believe me, the only thing wrong with Gerald Walpin is that his heart hurts from being thrown under the bus by the system he served for so long.
The one thing that nobody in Washington or the media seems to understand is that Gerald Walpin is superman.
Let me tell you a personal story about my grandfather. He was my hero; he was Santa Claus; the strongest man in the world. He was a sheriff, a vet. He even punched a horse out when it needed to be put down; he was a strong man; he was my superman.
When I was 14 years old, my family took away the keys to his truck after he drove it through the window of Sambo's restaurant. Three weeks later he started driving his tractor instead. When they took the tractor keys away he started riding the lawnmower.
Then, all of a sudden, grandpa just went away; I never saw him again. My family thought it was best that I didn't see him in that state, so that I'd remember the man he was: the superhero.
Well, Gerald Walpin is somebody's superman, too, and he is living proof of the American dream.
Walpin grew up in the Bronx — so poor that his parents didn't eat dinner so that he could. They'd avoid answering the doorbell because it could be the gasman. And even though he worked hard enough to get into Harvard, he was unable to pay for it.
But Walpin wouldn't let his dream die. He wanted to be a litigator, so he went to Yale law, took on massive loans, eventually got a scholarship and graduated in 1955.
He's also been Superman to Sheila, his wife of 52 years. She still remembers their first date, it was a double-blind date and Gerald took her to a cheap restaurant because it was all he could afford. They were married less than a year later.
Gerald Walpin is Superman to his three great children: Amanda, Edward and Jennifer. They know their dad as a 1st lieutenant in JAG; a special U.S. prosecutor who took on the longest criminal jury case at the time; a pitbull who went after conservative Roy Cohn, the infamous council to an aide of Senator Joseph McCarthy. They know him as an attorney who helped to indict Nixon's top two Cabinet members and who represented Mia Farrow against Woody Allen.
And they know him as a great dad: Taking them on trips all over the world, from Russia to Afghanistan to Turkey and everywhere in between.
Gerald Walpin made such an impression on his children that when the youngest one graduated from college and could've asked for anything she wanted, she asked that the family take another one of those cherished vacations together.
Gerald Walpin has done amazing things for his children, his six grandchildren and his country. But none of that matters to our government, which is trying to tear down this distinguished man by claiming that he's like my grandpa: Driving along on the side of that road to Sambo's on his lawnmower.
When the government's thirst for money and power would drive them to destroy a man like my grandpa, your dad or Gerald Walpin, who is next?
Wednesday night I asked him, "Do you think you're going to win?"
"No," he said.
"So why are you doing it?"
"Because I couldn't live with myself if I didn't."
To his wife, to his children, to his family, Gerald Walpin is more of a hero now than he's ever been because he's doing the one thing that so many others are afraid to: He's standing against those who can make the planet spin in the other direction.
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