…when Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill me.
The mainstream media have bought Barack Obama’s spin on his relationship with Bill Ayers–I was only eight years old when he was trying to commit mass murder!–hook, line and sinker. So it’s revealing to hear from one of Ayers’ intended victims, John Murtagh:
During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up â€œa gentleman named William Ayers,â€ who â€œwas part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. Heâ€™s never apologized for that.â€ Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obamaâ€™s answer: â€œThe 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 on me and my values, doesnâ€™t make much sense, George.â€ Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayersâ€™s Weathermen tried to murder me.
In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called â€œPanther 21,â€ members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, weâ€™d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blasts and, with the remains of a snowman I had built a few days earlier, managed to douse the flames beneath the car. That was an act whose courage I fully appreciated only as an adult, an act that doubtless saved multiple lives that night.
Read it all. During the years when Obama was “palling around” with Ayers, as Sarah Palin accurately termed it, Ayers was proud of his attempt to kill nine-year-old John Murtagh and his family. He said, for publication, that his only regret was that he and his murderous colleagues hadn’t tried to kill more people. This unrepentant would-be mass murderer was the one person (along with his bloodthirsty wife, the only public figure, to my knowledge, who expressed enthusiastic approval of the Charles Manson murders) whom Barack Obama chose, over all other friends and acquaintances, to host his inaugural Democratic Party political fundraiser. And Ayers was Obama’s close collaborator in trying to “reform” Chicago’s public education system by drenching it in radical politics and anti-Americanism.
Exactly as Obama dropped out of Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright’s church only when the association became politically inconvenient, he insincerely “denounced” Ayers only after his association with the terrorist had become a liability. That was after years of working with Ayers as a radical political ally, without showing the slightest concern about his friend’s career as an attempted mass murderer.
One wonders, sometimes, what it would take to convince an American reporter that a Democratic Presidential candidate has poor judgment.
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