A day of Revelations!
First came the news that, despite what he told us while running for President, Barack Obama really did sit in his “spiritual advisor’s” church every Sunday imbibing Black Liberation Theology. For 20 years. Where he picked up absolutely nothing that will affect his worldview, we’re to believe. Unless he writes another autobiography — in which case all bets are off, and I expect to find that Barack found that experience transformative.
Now, as a follow-up, comes the news most of us already knew: Bill Ayers was more to Obama than “just some guy from the neighborhood”:
In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“family friendÃ¢â‚¬Â and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.
Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, adds few new details about his relationship with Obama in the afterword to Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist. The book is being reissued this month.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,Ã¢â‚¬Â he writes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political rivals and enemies apparently saw an opportunity to deepen a dishonest narrative about him, that he is somehow un-American, alien, linked to radical ideas, a closet terrorist, a sympathizer with extremism,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ayers wrote.
Ayers was the purported Ã¢â‚¬Å“terroristÃ¢â‚¬Â Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was referring to when she claimed that Obama was Ã¢â‚¬Å“palling around with terrorists.Ã¢â‚¬Â
At a presidential debate, Obama described Ayers as engaging in Ã¢â‚¬Å“despicable acts with a radical domestic group,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ adding that he Ã¢â‚¬Å“roundly condemned those acts.”
He has also said that Ayers is Ã¢â‚¬Å“not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Right. Just recipes and vacation slide shows over slices of Michele’s famous Bundt cake. Then, coffee and Pictionary!
Honestly, I don’t know what’s most galling about this: Ayers’ weaselly attempt to walk back his well-publicized and constant “regret” that he hadn’t “done more” as a member of the Weather Underground; or Obama’s having once again lied to the American public about the extent of his relationship with a radical domestic terrorist (why the Sun Times goes with “purported” or places terrorist in square quotes is anybody’s editorial guess) — while the press effectively gave him cover until after the election was won. After which, meh — so we fibbed. Sue us.
Personally, I’m beginning to doubt Obama’s integrity. And his goodness.
But then, I’m part of the problem conservatives face winning over the “moderate middle”, so take whatever I say with a grain of salt.
(h/t Hot Air)
update: Jules Crittenden has more.