'America's Most Wanted': President Barack Obama sits down with John Walsh

barack-obama-john-walsh-320.jpgOn Saturday, March 6, FOX celebrates 1,000 episodes of the venerable crime-fighting series "America's Most Wanted," and host and noted victims-rights advocate John Walsh takes the opportunity to make an in-person pitch to President Barack Obama.

In July 2006, then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 4472), which had among its sponsors Vice President Joe Biden, who was then the senator from Delaware.

The bill is named after Walsh's son, who was abducted and murdered at the age of 6, more than a quarter-century ago. That event propelled Walsh, a Florida land developer, into the public eye and eventually led to him being named as host of "America's Most Wanted."

According to Walsh, Congress has yet to fund the bill, intended to create a national sex-offender registry and pursue serious sex offenders who are not complying with legal requirements. The act does have its critics, who have concerns about its implementation and constitutionality.

At the beginning of February, between trips to Haiti and Central America, Walsh spoke to Zap2it about his struggle to get the bill fully funded.

"There are 100,000 convicted, Level Three [offenders out there]," Walsh says. "It's not the guy that peed at Mardis Gras; not the 18-year-old kid that had sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend, consensual sex, and now the father hates him, so he has to register. It's not those guys, but the really bad guys, and it still isn't funded.

"They bailed out AIG; they bailed out Citigroup; they bailed out GM. And there's 100,000 convicted sex offenders and rapists of women, Level Three, in violation of their parole and probation, floating around this country, and they haven't allocated the money to the U.S. Marshals and FBI to look for them.

"So, that's on my mission, going to the White House in, I think, about two weeks, to try to say, 'How could this bill be passed by the House and Senate and not be funded in three years?'"

According to Walsh, he had a Biden staffer with him in Haiti.

"I love Joe Biden," Walsh says. "He was a co-sponsor of this act. This congress is so busy bailing out everybody, and I said to his [aide], 'How could anybody be in this Rose Garden, sign this bill and not fund it? How could this congress, with all this bulls*** and all the money that they're bailing out everybody with, not fund the Adam Walsh Act?'"

Well, Walsh got his chance to buttonhole the man at the top, on-camera, and on Saturday, "America's Most Wanted" viewers will get to see what Obama said.

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