Captain Ed is sneak-previewing a new Barack-basher, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists. A hint of things to come:
In just one of the revelations in this politically radioactive release, the book uncovers for the first time where and how Obama first met Weatherman founder Bill Ayers – and it is much earlier than previously believed.
Previously believed by whom - our credulous mainstream media, who were lied to throughout the campaign by Team Obama? (David Remnick of the New Yorker preferred the word "disingenuous" to describe Obama's behavior, and contradicted another aspect of the official Obama/Ayers story.)
Still, for those scoring at home the current implausible Team Obama story is that Obama met Bill Ayers in 1995. In their latest telling Bill Ayers toiled for a year pulling together the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, maintaining harmonious relationships with other backers and founders before, during and after the process. However, for no discernible reason Bill Ayers played no role at all in selecting the Chicago Annenberg Challenge chairman, the post that went to Barack Obama in 1995, after which Obama and Ayers met. Only the NY Times could believe that, or pretend to; Steve Diamond's pushback is here.
And my guess as to when they met? 1988 seems like easy money - per "Dreams From My Father", Obama was working on a city-wide push for education reform as part of a coalition coordinated by Bill Ayers. Per this hypothesis, Ayers then resumes his collaboration with Obama in 1995 on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
But Steve Diamond wants to go even further back:
Barack Obama visited the house of Tom and Mary Ayers, parents of former Weather Underground activist turned education professor Bill Ayers, in the mid-1980s to thank the Ayers’ for their support of his education, according to Allen Hulton, the letter carrier who delivered mail to the Ayers’ Glen Ellyn home at that time. Glen Ellyn is a suburb of Chicago, southwest of the city.
Hulton spoke to King Harvest at length about his experience. The statement by Hulton is the first eyewitness account of a possible relationship between Obama and Tom Ayers and the first that dates his relationship with the Ayers family to the mid-1980s.
The postman always rings twice, and apparently was chatty with the missus:
“Mrs. Ayers told me that her family had been helping out a brilliant young black man,” Hulton said and whom he believes she said was from Kenya. Hulton said that over the period of six to ten years that he delivered mail to the Ayers home he had numerous conversations with Mrs. Ayers, one conversation with Thomas Ayers and several brief encounters with Bernardine Dohrn who he said lived at the home for several months at one point in time. He never met or saw Bill Ayers at the home.
As to the encounter:
As Hulton was on the sidewalk walking away from the Ayers house a tall and thin young black man was coming up the same sidewalk towards the Ayers house.
Hulton recalls that Obama said hello and introduced himself and stopped to chat with him in front of the Ayers house. “I recall that his ears stuck out a little bit. He was more gaunt then than he appears now. His name was an unusual one and when I saw his photo during the campaign it brought back my memory of the event,” Hulton said.
Mr. Obama explained that he had taken the train out from Chicago to visit the Ayers’ in order to thank them for their help with his “education.” At this time, Mr. Obama had recently graduated from Columbia and would soon enter Harvard Law School. Hulton and Obama “spoke for a few minutes, first chatting about the Ayers family,” Hulton said. Hulton said he did not learn whether the help Obama received from the Ayers’ was financial or in some other form.
Puzzling. I will say this - I will be shocked if the new revelations in the latest book shock me.
DO WE HEAR "COLUMBIA"?: Well, Obama was there when Bill Ayers was studying a few blocks away and everyone was protesting for South African divestment. Of course, the Weathermen robbed a Brinks truck and became radioactive, so Obama will never admit to this; now, he pretends that he never heard of the Weathermen and thought they did their criminal stuff in the late 60's when he was a mere lad. If one is looking for a motive for Obama to continue the cover-up, this would work.