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Obama, Palin, and the Ayers Story — Palling With Terrorists?

While the Boss played a set on the streets of Philadelphia in support of Obama over the weekend, Sarah Palin played to a packed house at the Home Depot Center.

Palin had some strong words for Obama in regard to his connection with controversial Weathermen founder, William Ayers. Palin said of Obama's connection with the man whose group launched a campaign of bombings targeting the Pentagon and United States Capitol that Obama was someone who viewed the US "as being so imperfect . . . he is palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Just what is the relationship between Obama and Ayers? The New York Times ran a piece this weekend in an effort to explain just that — but that explanation is drawing criticisms for leaving out crucial facts and downplaying the relationship. To see the two sides,


The Times piece paints a picture of sporadically crossed paths and circumstance, a relationship devoid of deep meaning. They quote Obama's explanation of Ayers as, “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.” The investigation draws a conclusion that the "two men do not appear to have been close." It also acknowledges that since 2002, there has been an apparent effort on Obama's part to not consort with Ayers, who once said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough,” publicly.

The criticism starts with a changed title and continues to note instances where information and documentation was provided to the Times, including key supposed proof that showed Ayers was directly involved in the formation of the board of an education organization on which Obama served as chairman, but it was ignored. Questions also arise regarding grant money from the organization Obama and Ayers had in common — to fund projects by Ayers' former radical associates. Capping off the critique of the Times piece is the efforts made toward emphasizing the fact that Ayers is now rehabilitated.


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