When Hillary Clinton accused Barack Obama of associating with former domestic terrorists, still radical leftists, such as William Ayers, Obama answered that Ayers was “just a guy in my neighborhood.” Nothing more to the story, that should have been the end of it, or so Obama implied.
“Just a guy in my neighborhood” was, however, far from the truth. Ayers and Obama were allies, served on the board of an organization dedicated to radicalizing Chicago suburb students, shared an office for three years Â and Obama reviewed Ayers’ book favorably.Â Which would have made sense for friends and political allies to do.
The entire Ayers episode shows two things to me: Obama’s inherent dishonesty and secrecy, and his true, early allies. These allies were not moderates, or even reasonably moderate liberals. They were not even liberalsÂ as such, they were radical progressives. These were the men and women Obama worked with for years, whose views he at least publicly endorsed, and who helped kick start his political career.Â
Whether he still subscribes to their views remains to be seen.
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