Daren Jonescu Revisits The Guy in Obama's Neighborhood. In a 2008 Democratic Primary Debate, George Stephanopoulos asked Barack Obama a question on his relationship with the Weather Underground unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Daren outlines how Obama's answer to that question is quite revealing when looked at with further scrutiny.
Here is Obama's answer:
This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English in Chicago, who [sic] I know and who [sic] I have not received some official endorsement from. He's not somebody who [sic] I exchange ideas from [sic] on a regular basis. And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects [sic] on me and my values doesn't make much sense, George.
From American Thinker:
The "guy who lives in my neighborhood" locution has, suitably, received a lot of attention. Taken as a whole, however, what is most striking about this answer is its garbled incoherence, its historical manipulation, and its appeal to amoral abstraction.
Notice how the answer hedges its bets, in the manner of the best post-Clinton political obfuscation. The "guy in my neighborhood" line, taken together with the "not somebody [whom] I exchange ideas [with]" plea, is clearly meant to imply that Obama does not know Ayers well enough to be sullied by Ayers' "detestable acts." And yet, Obama takes the trouble to insert that Ayers is "a professor of English from Chicago" whose unsavory activities took place "40 years ago" -- in other words, that he's not some extremist, but a "guy" with a highly respectable, essentially apolitical career, who, a very long time ago, did some bad things. If the point were merely to dismiss charges of a close relationship while simultaneously expressing distaste for the man's past activities, why add remarks designed to undermine the view of Ayers as a disreputable character? Isn't Obama supposed to be defending himself? If so, why is he simultaneously defending Ayers? The likely answer is that he is misrepresenting his relationship with Ayers, and must therefore prepare his escape route, should his lie be found out. He is arguing, in effect, "I barely know him -- but even if I do, he's been a good and respectable citizen for most of my life, so you can't pin anything on me." CONTINUED
Of course Obama didn't join Bill Ayers in his bomb throwing days. That's not in question and not what's important. What is important is do Barack Obama and Bill Ayers hold the same ideology? Do they hold the same agenda? Are they both Marxists? The answer is Yes. Is Ayers still a Marxist who wants to overthrow the government? Do Barack Obama and Bill Ayers want to destroy and dismantle our constitutional republic and replace it with some type of socialist state? With almost complete certainty I can answer that question with a resounding Yes.