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April 20, 2008



Yes, Frank. Obama's acquaintance with Bill Ayers increases my respect for his candidacy too. Thanks so much for your comment. Sometimes this "fight" feels lonely and hearing from like-minded people helps me keep on keeping on.

Hi Danny,
Wow! I wonder if the publisher would still be happy to receive Ayers' endorsement after all those despicable distortions recently ...


Don't let any of this get you down, Tamar. jonfromcali has a good take on it. Obama's acquaintance with Bill Ayers increases my respect for his candidacy, and his unwillingness to engage Stephanopoulos on a Fox news planted question, any Fox news planted question, shows that he has the wit and the clarity of vision to avoid the distractions from the Rovian right.


How disappointing that the Clinton campaign joined the preposterous "unrepentant terrorist" bandwagon. I thought we were beyond that crap. I remember how thrilled I was when we got Ayers' endorsement for your first book.


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Thanks for this. I agree wholeheartedly with you that if Bill Ayers is going to become an issue in this campaign--and it's clear he is--then it is essential that the whole truth about Ayers' contributions to the field of education and his philanthropic works must become common knowledge, just as his Weather Underground background will.

However, I think you need to give Sen. Obama a break for failing to leap to Mr. Ayers' defense in the context of a debate in which most of the viewers had never heard his name. It is not Mr. Obama's job to offer a biography of Bill Ayers; it's his job to run for president.

The task of explaining who and what Mr. Ayers is must be left to those who know him best and those who have been touched by his work--and, importantly, it must be accomplished by Mr. Ayers himself. He no doubt will receive plenty of opportunities to discuss his life and work in the near future; it is now his responsibility to do so, not to hide from reporters' questions but to make himself a public figure.

Your post here, like Mayor Daley's statement the other day, is an admirable beginning to refuting the caricature of Mr. Ayers as an "unrepentant terrorist." Much more work needs to be done, for Sen. Obama's sake and for Mr. Ayers' own sake.

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