Shortly after Sarah Palin mentioned that Barack Obama had been “palling around with terrorists,” the mainstream media finally began to take note of Obama’s association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Of course, many outlets have attempted to use Palin’s words against her, with one news service making leaps of logic to say her comment amounted to racism.
No sooner did the MSM finally take note of this unsavory Obama association than the Obama campaign decided to dredge up John McCain’s involvement the Keating Five.
Having recently finished McCain’s book, Worth the Fighting For, I recall that he wrote at great length about that difficult time of his life. So, I wondered in either of his two books, did Obama mention his relationships to Ayers?
Having read both this year, I could not recall any such reference. So, I picked them up again. In the index to his second book, The Audacity of Hope, I could find no listings for Ayers, Dohrn (Bernadine, Ayers’ wife, also of the Weather Underground, Annenberg Challenge, Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Woods Fund.
His first book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, lacked an index. As I opened the book, I recalled it that ended when he set off for Harvard Law School and was originally published in 1995, about the time Ayers helped him launch his bid for the Illinois legislature.
So, there you have it. McCain has written about this episode in his life (where the Senate Ethics Committee while reprimanding him for “poor judgment,” acknowledged his innocence). Even Obama has said, “John McCain’s public record about issues that he has apologized for or written about are not germane to the presidency.”
Yet, his campaign brings them up.
Obama, on the other hand, has not offered a full public accounting of his relationship to Ayers. It’s about time the media take notice. Now they need answer some serious questions, including why he misrepresented and downplayed this relationship in the Pennsylvania debate in April and on Bill O’Reilly’s show last month.
UPDATE:Â Click on “more” to read a statement from the McCain campaign which gets at the very point of my post:
The difference here is clear: John McCain has been open and honest about the Keating matter, and even the Democratic special counsel in charge recommended that Senator McCain be completely exonerated. By contrast, Barack Obama has been fundamentally dishonest about his friendship and work with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, whose radical group bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Nor has Barack Obama come clean on his close friendship with Tony Rezko, a felon convicted on bribery charges who subsidized the purchase of Barack Obama’s home. It’s obvious that Barack Obama is frantically attacking because he knows that most voters find these kinds of friendships, and the failed judgment they expose, to be unacceptable for our next president.