President Obama’s fanciful efforts to distance himself from Bill Ayers took another blow Monday when Breitbart Big Government found a blog post by a Chicago law professor who wrote he had seen Obama chowing on barbecue at Ayers’ home.
Ayers, you’ll remember, is the former Weather Underground terrorist who in recent years said his only regret was that he didn’t blow up enough stuff.
According to Brietbart Editor Joel Pollack, the post was erased soon after he contacted the author, Dr. Tom Perrin, but he saved a screen shot:
If true – I wouldn’t go so far to say that a 7-year old blog post is definitive evidence of anything – it would put Obama in Ayers’ backyard even after being elected Senator.
Some of the best evidence that Obama and Ayers had an enduring relationship beyond Ayers just being someone who lived neighborhood and oh-I-couldn’t-help-but-bump-into-the-dude, as Obama has suggested, is Obama and his campaign’s response to suggestions that it was something more.
As Pollack notes, Obama 2008 campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt – now the chief spokesman for the 2012 campaign – was cagey four years ago in his characterization of the relationship in comments to the New York Times:
Mr. LaBolt said the men first met in 1995 through the education project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and have encountered each other occasionally in public life or in the neighborhood. He said they have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Mr. Obama began serving in the United States Senate in January 2005 and last met more than a year ago when they bumped into each other on the street in Hyde Park.
Let’s dissect that. What is occasionally? Once a year? Once every two months? I have good friends I see only every couple of months, or even less.
. . . they have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Mr. Obama began serving in the United States Senate . . .
Wow, alarm bells. LaBolt very pointedly leaves out direct contact, like, say, at a barbecue at Ayers’ house. Not to mention omitting the decade before Obama became Senator and presumably started to watch his step more closely.
Take a look at how defensive Obama is when questioned about Ayers during a 2008 debate with Hillary.
Let’s get passed the reprehensible comparison of Ayers to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Neb., and take a look at how defensive and misleading Obama is.
Notice how Obama physically freezes the moment Ayers’ name is mentioned.
Let’s see what he said:
He’s not someone I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. On what basis then? A semi-regular basis? An intermittent basis. Occasionally?
I have not received some official endorsement from. Well who asked about that? And does this mean he gave you an unofficial endorsement?
Obama – remember, a trained lawyer who knows how to carefully choose his words – throws in all kinds of irrelevant information, like that Ayers is a professor of English, and so forth, all of it designed to distract from the point, which is their relationship.
I review this ancient history because the effort to distance Obama from Ayers is important even today. It raises questions about Obama’s honesty and his political views.
I don’t think Obama sympathizes with the thinking, objectives or the morality of the Weather Underground. But it’s important to remember Obama’s biography as he bids for a second term during which he will no longer be accountable to voters.
Obama is someone who in his past has extensive exposure to radical leftist thinking, be it that of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Communist poet Frank Marshall Davis – a friend of Obama’s grandfather – or the Marxist professors Obama himself says he hung out with in college.
His relationship with Bill Ayers indicates that he never completely severed those ties. And it suggests that Obama would move even further to the left during a second term as president.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t associate with people who used to blow up other Americans. Even if they said they’re sorry, which Ayers has not.