First Obama said Ayers was “just some guy in the neighborhood.” Then, after that didn’t fly, it was something like “Yeah, but we didn’t really work together much.” Then it was something like, “Yeah, but I didn’t know he was a domestic terrorist who bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and other buildings, and that he despises America.”
That one didn’t fly very far either, so now it’s “I assumed that he had been rehabilitated.”
Well, which is it? You didn’t know him? You did, but not well? You did know him well, but didn’t know about his terrorist anti-American past? You did know him and know about his anti-American terrorist past, but “assumed that he had been rehabilitated?”
Here’s what The Politico has to say about Obama’s latest dodge:
“The gentleman in question, Bill Ayers, is a college professor, teaches education at the University of Illinois,” he said. “That’s how i met him — working on a school reform project that was funded by an ambassador and very close friend of Ronald Reagan’s” along with “a bunch of conservative businessmen and civic leaders.”
“Ultimately, I ended up learning about the fact that he had engaged in this reprehensible act 40 years ago, but I was eight years old at the time and I assumed that he had been rehabilitated,” Obama said.
That may not have been an unreasonable assumption for Obama in the 1990s. Though Ayers never repented his part in the Weather Underground bombings, he had not yet become notorious for advertising them. That notoriety returned in 2001, when he published his memoir, “Fugitive Days,” and reminisced about the bombings in a New York Times interview that happened to appear September 11 of that year.
Unless Obama is far more obtuse than he appears to be, that just doesn’t fly.
Though Ayers put a little spit and polish on his anti-Americanism, it has changed little since the 1970s. He still bashes America and capitalism on his blog, along with the American flag, patriotism and Christianity.
Can you imagine someone of the extreme views and deep-seated and burning hatred of America that Ayers has keeping his mouth shut around Obama on those views? Can you imagine that in all the time Obama spent with him and around him…going to Ayers’ home for the meet-and-greet that launched Obama’s career…serving on the board together of the Annenberg Challenge that Ayers helped start…serving together on the board of the Woods Foundation…that in all that time around one another, Obama never got a glimpse of the terrorist America-hating Bill Ayers?
If you believe that, I have some ocean-front property in Arizona you’re going to love.