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Did Obama "Lie" About Ayers?

The Washington Post Fact Checker says no:

The Pinocchio Test

The McCain campaign is distorting the Obama-Ayers relationship, and exaggerating their closeness. There is no evidence that Obama has "lied" about his dealings with Ayers. It would be more accurate to say that he "told the truth slowly," a regrettable but commonplace practice among politicians seeking to avoid embarrasing questions.

Which means the McCain campaign is lying when they say he did lie. Rest assured that John McCain will not correct the record, "tell the truth slowly," or at any time level with the American people on this issue.

They obviously believe that this "Hail Mary" of guilt by association and character assassination is their last change to get elected, and everyone know when John McCain and Sarah Palin say "Country First" they really mean "Get elected first."

Update: Factcheck.org also finds that McCain/Palin were not being truthful in their attacks on Obama regarding Ayers:

McCain says in an Internet ad that the two "ran a radical 'education' foundation" in Chicago. But the supposedly "radical" group was supported by a Republican governor and included on its board prominent local civic leaders, including one former Nixon administration official who has given $1,500 to McCain's campaign this year. Education Week says the group's work "reflected mainstream thinking" among school reformers. The group was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, started by a $49 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which was established by the publisher Walter Annenberg, a prominent Republican whose widow, Leonore, is a contributor to the McCain campaign.

Yesterday John McCain seemed to step back from the attacks a bit, correcting two McCain supporters who stood up in McCain campaign rallies and falsely accused Obama of being an Arab, and expressing concern that Obama was someone to fear.

That's encouraging, but he's now trying to put out a fire that he's created. It's another example of the erratic, impulsive behavior of John McCain. One moment he's headed in one direction, and then a short while later it's an about-face and McCain heads in a different direction.


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Comments (4)

ExSubNuke:

I'm sorry, but that is so intellectually dishonest, it's sickening.

He said he knew him as a guy down the road. Then just recently, he said he thought he had been re-habilitated.

So, when he said that, he reveals a few things. Yes, he DID know him. Yes, he did know him well enough to know his background, as well as who he was (a domestic terrorist).

So right there are 2 lies.

This, of course, is presupposing that all the rest he said, is true. So that stretches the imagination, that he launched his career in his house... and then worked with him for a few years. I had minimal involvement on the planning of my wedding... but I still met with the planner, and was made aware of everything going on. You expect me to believe he was launching his political career at his house and knew NOTHING of him?!?!

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Lie #1 - Told by McCain, swallowed by gullible right wingers:

"He said he knew him as a guy down the road."

Bullshit. In one of the Democratic debates he referenced the guy as "a neighbor" but that was long after it was public knowledge that Ayers and Obama had worked together on projects. McCain is using that line as if that's all that Obama said on the subject -- it as public knowledge well before the debate.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, ExSubNuke, assuming you weren't paying as close attention as Democrats were at the time -- but Obama didn't lie and pretend there hadn't been a working relationship - that's just the lie Sarah Palin and John McCain are telling you to make you an good little angry Repulican.

"He launched his career in his house." - Another McCain/Palin stretch of the truth. Yes, there was a campaign meeting of some sort that took place in Ayers house - so what?

He never said the knew nothing of the guy. He knew he was a Professor of Education at the same university - and he may well have known the guy was acquitted of terrorism in the past. he said he thought the guy was rehabilitated, to that says he knew something about the guy's past.

So what? It's amazing how much "in a lather" Republicans are over this - when Democrats have known about this for months and months.

It's old news, which is why it is not helping McCain in the polls at all...

And let's not forget that the Washington Post fact-checked McCain's claim and found them false. It's McCain who is lying here....

Steve:

Obama is a racist. He sat in a racist church with a racist pastor with a racist theology for 20 years.

Can you imagine if a white candidate for president had been a 20 year member of the Klan?

irongrampa:


Did Obama lie about Ayers?


Rhetorical question, right?


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