Is this serious?: Obama campaign takes a new tack on William Ayers

From John Fund at the WSJ's Political Diary:
For the first time, Barack Obama's campaign is contending that its candidate "didn't know the history" behind William Ayers, the unrepentant member of the terrorist Weather Underground, when Mr. Ayers' hosted a key event at his Chicago home that launched Mr. Obama's political career in 1995.

"When he went, he certainly didn't know the history" behind the bombs that Mr. Ayers helped set, chief Obama strategist David Axelrod told CNN yesterday. "There's no evidence that they're close," he concluded, even as reports of their contacts over the years continue to mount.

For his part, Mr. Obama told radio host Tom Joyner yesterday that Mr. Ayers "engaged in these despicable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old. I served on a board with him."

Despite the desire of Team Obama to put the Ayers issue behind it, the story of the bomber who never repented (he told the New York Times in 2001 that he didn't regret setting bombs and wished he "had done more") isn't going away

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

On that note, should we accuse the Annenberg foundation and it's founder, Walter Annenberg for supporting William Ayres' project in Chicago? Could we accuse the Annenberg foundation of financing domestic terrorism and/or ideologies?

Obama has already stated that Ayres' acts of domestic terrorism (acts done when Obama was an 8 year-old) were reprehensible. Making a link with terrorism and radical ideologies by trying to associate Ayres (one of three co-authors of the winning Chicago Annenberg Challenge $49.2 million grant proposal) with Obama is as nonsensical as linking the finance of terrorism to the honorable (yes, honorable) Walter Annenberg (founder of the Foundation supporting Ayer's winning grant), and to the U.S. president who appointed Annenberg ambassador to , Ronald Reagan (our best Republican president so far). The transitive powers of B.S. is a dangerous thing. We must rise above and stick to the real issues and distance ourselves from the exigencies and incompetencies of the Bush administration.

10/07/2008 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apologies on the previous post. It was Nixon who appointed Annenberg Ambassador not Reagan. Walter Annenberg however had a long-term personal relationship with the Reagans. The point is the same. We can't link Reagan, Nixon, and Annenberg to terrorism because Annenberg's foundation supported Ayer's grant proposal.

10/07/2008 7:59 PM  

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