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IBD NEWS: Talk Turns To Jive About Ayers

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Oct 10, 2008

Barack Obama now says he knew who Bill Ayers was but thought he was "rehabilitated." And they say McCain is erratic! Where are the fact-checkers when you need them?Web Link

You'd think a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School would have known that the actions of America's premier terrorist bomber did not, due to tainted evidence, result in a single day of prison time. So just when and where did he think Bill Ayers was rehabilitated?

And just when and where did Obama learn about "this reprehensible act"? He does not say. But when you meet someone for the first time and end up in his house as he hosts your first fundraiser, isn't it customary to inquire about his background?

Michelle Obama was asked about the relationship on "Larry King Live" on Thursday. "I don't know anyone in Chicago who is heavily involved in education policy who doesn't know Bill Ayers," she said. Or his background?

When Obama did find out, and learned Ayers did not regret his deeds, the savvy and politically ambitious Obama should have dropped him like the plague. Instead, he lied (and that's the only word for it) about their relationship. ......

The claim that Barack Obama did not know who Ayers was when he launched his political career in Ayers' living room is bogus. Ayers was a player in Chicago's radical left politics. So was Obama, who has a problem with the truth.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:54 am

Ayers and Dohrn did, in fact, apologize to a lawyer injured in a bombing. Ayers' quote that he regrets not having done more is in reference to stopping the Vietnam War, not bombing. After all, the Weatherman managed to blow up themselves more than anyone else. Ayers girlfriend blew herself up.

Ayers was and is widely accepted in Chicago--sitting on boards founded by Reagan cronies. He's the son of the upper crust.

I realize, Sharon, that you're not really very knowledgeable about modern American history, but the Vietnam War was a very fraught time. Afterwards, there was sort of a cooling off period--young people on both sides--vets who committed war crimes as well as radicals who did illegal acts were given a chance to move on as part of a healing process. Naturally, there's still some bad blood and anger. It wasn't a pretty period and there was a lot of desperation.

The William Ayers Barack Obama met was no longer the angry young man making bombs in the basement, but somebody who'd become a productive part of American society and one who turned himself in years earlier for judgment.

Which is why the Ayers strategy has damaged McCain--younger people don't care about some old hippie guy and a lot of older people know how complicated the period was. (Henry Kissinger has also gotten a free pass.)

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