whats your take on the relationship between Mr. Obama and William Ayers?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
If it was just one man, William Ayers that Obama was being associated with, it may make it more forgiveable. But, Obama has several questionable associations, including Rezko, Farrakhan and Rev Wright. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and acts like a duck, it is a duck.
Obama's Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny
By RUSSELL BERMAN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 19, 2008
Rick Bowmer / AP
"Senator Obama, a Democrat of Illinois, shakes hands with workers during a tour of the RMI Titanium Company yesterday, in Youngstown, Ohio.
Senator Obama's ties to a former leader of the violent left-wing activist group the Weather Underground are drawing new scrutiny as he battles Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As an Illinois state senator in 2001, Mr. Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the 1970s.
Mr. Ayers wrote a memoir, "Fugitive Days," published in 2001, and on the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was quoted by the New York Times as saying: "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
He and Mr. Obama served together on the nine-member board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit, for three years beginning in 1999, and they have also appeared jointly on two academic panels, one in 1997 and another in 2001. Mr. Ayers, who was never convicted in the Weather Underground bombings, is now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Ayers link, reported on Friday by Bloomberg News, has surfaced in recent days as Mr. Obama tries to add to his lead in the Democratic primary fight. He faces Mrs. Clinton today in a primary in Wisconsin and caucuses in Hawaii, after which they will prepare for critical elections in delegate-rich Ohio and Texas on March 4.
Reached at his office in Chicago yesterday, Mr. Ayers declined to comment on his relationship with Mr. Oboma.
In a statement last night, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, William Burton, acknowledged the $200 contribution from Mr. Ayers, who he noted lived in Mr. Obama's state Senate district and was once an aide to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. "Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence," Mr. Burton said. "But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost 40 years ago is ridiculous."
The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the Ayers tie, but the former first lady has argued that she is a stronger general election candidate because she has been "vetted" during her many years in the public eye and has successfully defeated sustained attacks from Republicans.
"Those are pretty slender ties to a controversial figure," the dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said of Mr. Obama's links to Mr. Ayers. But it he said that may not matter if Mr. Obama is the nominee in a general election. "Will the GOP pick that up in the campaign? Sure," he said.
The campaign of the likely Republican nominee, Senator McCain, declined to comment.
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee, Alex Conant, said that Mr. Obama would "have to answer questions about his Illinois record" if he wants to be commander-in-chief.
Republicans may not go after Mr. Obama directly on the Ayers issue, one party strategist said, but they are likely to portray the link as one in a series of Chicago ties that raise questions about his past. The Illinois senator has been dogged by his friendship with a Chicago developer, Antoin Rezko."
I still don't know what my take is on the relationship between Mr. Obama and William Ayers, but all these little pieces are beginning to make, what was a puzzle, form a clearer picture of this candidate. Frankly, I am beginning to question exactly what Obama's agenda is for America.Source(s): The New York Sun April 7, 2008
- cookieLv 41 decade ago
Nobody else could possibly get away with being taken seriously as a presidential candidate while having an association with an admitted bomb making terrorist individual.
Mr. Ayers should be sitting in a prison cell for treason and not cozying up to a presidential candidate. Mr. Obama's chosen association of people should tell us about his character or lack thereof.
- fdm215Lv 71 decade ago
According to this account there's not much to see:
"Dr. Young described Obama and Ayers as “friends,” but there’s no evidence their relationship is more than the casual friendship of two men who occupy overlapping Chicago political circles and who served together on the board of a Chicago foundation."
- T-BoneLv 71 decade ago
To answer your question;
The Sith Lord (Ayers) and his apprentice (Obama).
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- xiphosLv 51 decade ago
Birds of a feather...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It exists only in the mind of Sean Hannity.