It must be seen as an insurmountable advantage for a candidate or his campaign to be exempt from any consequences for openly lying to voters.
In an Oct. 2008 interview, Robert Gibbs, then-spokesman for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and eventual White House press secretary, categorically denied Weather Underground founder and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers held a fundraiser for Obama in his living room.
WND reports that host Chris Matthews asked Gibbs: “Did [Ayers] have a fundraiser for [Obama], or not?”
Gibbs replied: “No, he did not have a fundraiser for our candidate like I said ten seconds ago.”
(Watching the video of this jovial exchange brings to mind the word “collusion.”)
Ayers also said in a recent Daily Beast article:
“The truth is exactly what he said and what the campaign said in 2008. David Axelrod said we were friendly, that was true; we served on a couple of boards together, that was true; he held a fundraiser in our living room, that was true; Michelle [Obama] and Bernardine were at the law firm together, that was true. Hyde Park in Chicago is a tiny neighborhood, so when he said I was “a guy around the neighborhood,” that was true.”
Ayers downplayed the relationship in a New York Times op/ed just after the 2008 election. In dismissing the matter as part of a “sad history of guilt by association in our political culture,” he wrote:
“President-elect Obama and I sat on a board together; we lived in the same diverse and yet close-knit community; we sometimes passed in the bookstore. We didn’t pal around, and I had nothing to do with his positions.”
President Obama also downplayed the connection in responding to charges leveled by then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that he “palled around with terrorists.” He said to ABC News’ Charlie Gibson on Oct. 8:
“And the notion that somehow he [Ayers] has been involved in my campaign, that he is an adviser of mine, that … I’ve ‘palled around with a terrorist’, all these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points.”
The fundraiser in question, held in 1995, is said to have launched Obama’s political career, WND reports. A career that has seen few, if any, road-bumps.
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