Obama and Ayers: The friendly relationship

This is the third in a series of posts which discuss the relationship between Barack Obama, Bill Ayers, and our national economy.To read the first entry, click here.

This entry will focus on the “friendly” relationship between Obama and Ayers. It will be short, as there is not much in the way of evidence. Even so, it will be interesting.

As far as I know, this excerpt from a CBS news story contains all the evidence we have regarding a personal friendship between Ayers and Obama.

At the debate [in April], Obama said of Ayers: “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from 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 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.”Axelrod told Politico’s Ben Smith in February: “Bill Ayers lives in his neighborhood. Their kids attend the same school. … They’re certainly friendly, they know each other, as anyone whose kids go to school together.”

Analysis:Taken at face value, these two statements are evidence against a personal friendship between Obama and Ayers. Indeed, in the absence of any other evidence, we would think that Obama and Ayers are merely casual acquaintances, with no professional relationship at all.

But we do have other evidence; we do know that there was an extensive professional relationship. And, we have very good reason to believe that the two men knew each other well, professionally.

Furthermore, Ayers’ children are grown adults; they do not go to school with Obama’s young children.

Obviously, Obama is hiding something. What?

I believe that what Obama and Axelrod told us was not an outright fabrication. Rather, I believe that they have told a small part of the truth, omitting the large part of the truth which would be detrimental to Obama.

For this reason, I suspect that Obama and Ayers were personal friends, not merely friendly neighbors. As friends, they exchanged ideas on a regular basis, until Obama found it politically necessary to stop. Finally, I believe that the ideas which they exchanged reflect badly on Obama and his values. We can be sure that these ideas did not pertain to Ayers’ violent past. My own opinion is that they discussed, among other things, social justice and how it can be achieved. In my view, it is Obama’s agreement with Ayers on this subject which would reflect badly on himself and his values.

If you are an Obama supporter, you are probably not inclined to accept the proposition that Obama and Ayers were personal friends. Even so, I believe it is undeniable that Obama deliberately mislead us in order to protect himself. Therefore, his statements cannot be taken at face value. This is a man who must be watched.

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