Posted by Meg | Posted in Campaign 2008, Friends & Allies, Misleading, Must See, Obama, Terrorism | Posted on 14-11-2008
Well, confirmation about one thing at least.
Surprise, surprise, Obama’s relationship with William Ayers really did extend beyond the way Obama characterized it during the debates, as Ayers simply being “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” None other than Ayers himself has come forward and stated that their relationship was in fact much more. In a new afterword to his 2001 book, which he’s currently hawking all over television, Ayers had this to say about Obama:
“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 I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.”
“Family friends” is really quite a stretch from “just a guy who lives in my neighborhood”, don’t you think? Let’s add this to the ever growing list of lies from the campaign, shall we? Of course, not like this is a huge surprise to anyone here, but there you go. It’s at least nice to have confirmation, right?
In the same article where I first saw this lovely quote, I also read that Ayers is now claiming that the infamous quote attributed to him – wherein he claims he wished he had done more as part of the Weather Underground – is inaccurate. He claims he never said any such thing… even though he’s said it multiple times. Whoops! Well, I suppose if you clear up one lie, you gotta add another one to the pile, just to make sure your tally stays the same, right?
The bit that bugs me most of all, though, is this statement: “I killed no one, and I harmed no one, and I didn’t regret for a minute resisting the murderous assault on [Vietnam] with every ounce of my being.”
Sorry, Bill, even though you never specifically pulled the trigger yourself, there were still several people who died because of your orders, several people who were seriously injured because of your influence. Just because you order someone else to plant a bomb doesn’t mean you aren’t implicit in it being set off. Just because you incited your cronies into beating up cops doesn’t mean you aren’t just as culpable. The entirety of the Weather Underground and your involvement in it has been very thoroughly documented. No matter how many lies you tell now, no matter how much you try to disfigure history, there are those of us who still know who you are and know exactly what you did. And we sure as hell won’t forget it.