Thursday, October 9, 2008

Why Obama's Ayers Connection Matters

I get frustrated with how dismissive some people are being about Obama's Ayers connection. It matters because Obama chose the relationship with Ayers, and Ayers actually made Obama's political career.

Here's CNN's (not FOX) report on the Ayers connection:

Here's the account of John Murtagh whose home was bombed when he was a child, by Ayers' group:

Now, if you want to ignore all this and vote for Obama, fine. But know what we're getting into.

And here is the New York Times article about Ayers (that appeared on 9/11/2001 of all days):
''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970's as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago.
Note how Ayers was photographed for the story:

(Pictures found here.)


Big Jay said...

The thing that bothers me about Ayers is that the repubs are so ineffective at linking Obama with this stuff. If there were a vast right wing conspiracy going on you'd think the average non political junkie would have heard about it long long ago.

For the record- I don't think Obama is a terrorist or anything like it. But Obama's links to guys like this (and plenty of others) make me a lot less 'hopeful' that he will really work to bring people together.

Andrew said...

I agree. I also don't think Obama's a terrorist. I think he's not terribly particular about where he gets support, and that he is very interested in altering the social and governmental order of the United States. To those ends, he'll work with anyone he feels might help him further his cause, whether their cause and methodology match his entirely or not.

MarkP said...

Indeed, Obama's problem is that at his heart he's a radical socialist, he's just calm on the outside. That he keeps associating with other radical socialists (Ayers, Wright, ACORN, etc.) suggests the kind of people who will be around him as president.