Your Lyin’ Eyes

Finally, the McCain camp is calling Obama out on his ties to the homegrown terrorist Bill Ayers. FINALLY. From McCain’s speech:

This is the agenda I have set before my fellow citizens. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent. Even at this late hour in the campaign, there are essential things we don’t know about Senator Obama or the record that he brings to this campaign.

We have all heard what he has said, but it is less clear what he has done or what he will do. What Senator Obama says today and what he has done in the past are often two different things. He has often changed his positions in this campaign, and the best way to determine where he would really take this country is to examine where he has tried to take it in the past.

My opponent has invited serious questioning by announcing a few weeks ago that he would quote — “take off the gloves.” Since then, whenever I have questioned his policies or his record, he has called me a liar.

Rather than answer his critics, Senator Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers the serious and legitimate questions he has been asked. But let me reply in the plainest terms I know. I don’t need lessons about telling the truth to American people. And were I ever to need any improvement in that regard, I probably wouldn’t seek advice from a Chicago politician.

My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned. For a guy who’s already authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that. Whatever the question, whatever the issue, there’s always a back story with Senator Obama. All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama? But ask such questions and all you get in response is another barrage of angry insults.

Our current economic crisis is a good case in point. What was his actual record in the years before the great economic crisis of our lifetimes?

This crisis started in our housing market in the form of subprime loans that were pushed on people who could not afford them. Bad mortgages were being backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and it was only a matter of time before a contagion of unsustainable debt began to spread. This corruption was encouraged by Democrats in Congress, and abetted by Senator Obama.

Senator Obama has accused me of opposing regulation to avert this crisis. I guess he believes if a lie is big enough and repeated often enough it will be believed. But the truth is I was the one who called at the time for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could have helped prevent this crisis from happening in the first place.

Senator Obama was silent on the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his Democratic allies in Congress opposed every effort to rein them in. As recently as September of last year he said that subprime loans had been, quote, “a good idea.” Well, Senator Obama, that “good idea” has now plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Ka-zing! Funny, if McCain had read this blog MONTHS ago, he’d see that along with a bushel of other bloggers, I was asking the same darn questions! Remember the hissy fit Obama pitched when the American Issues Project brought up his relationship with Bill Ayers? I can’t WAIT to see what will happen this time.

Fausta has more – even David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategy guy, is flipping by the hour on the Ayers issue. He knew him, he didn’t know, he shared the stage, he didn’t share the stage, he loves me, he loves me not….

Cap’n Ed at Hotair notes

Of course, voters have to make up their own mind as to whether associating with domestic terrorists is just a “distraction” or an indictment on the judgment of the candidate. However, both Axelrod and Gibbs make it clear that judgment is applicable here. The Obamas had a long association lasting several years with Ayers and Dohrn, serving on two boards together and working for Ayers for several years at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Does Axelrod now want to argue that Obama never learned about Ayers’ radical politics and track record as a Weather Underground terrorist? How clueless would Obama have to be to miss that?

[…] Ayers was hardly quiet about his life and his aspirations. He wrote a book about it in 2001. Chicago Magazine did a lengthy profile of him at the time, complete with pictures of Ayers standing on an American flag thrown on the ground in an alley. Nevertheless, Obama continued to work with Ayers at the Woods Fund and work together on public events. Either Obama liked what Ayers did, or he’s the most clueless politician to have ever reached the US Senate, and neither commends itself as a recommendation for a presidential candidate.

The nose on your face, sport. Distraction? Or outright lie? Obama would have to be living under some rock with no tv/radio reception, no newspapers back then to not have heard about Bill Ayers. Erick also points out

At the height of this exposure, major media outlets were quoting Bill Ayers and pointing out his radical past.

What else happened in 1996 when the media was reminiscing about the Democratic Convention of 1968, and interviewing key players like Bill Ayers?

Bill Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama.

And we’re really supposed to believe Obama did not know, by 1996, given all the major media coverage of the 1996 Democratic Convention going back to Chicago despite the 1968 riots — including local and national media interviews with Bill Ayers on the subject — that Obama did not know?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Heh. Over the weekend, Sarah Palin called Obama out as well. His minions hissed at her, calling her a racist for even bringing it up. Telling the truth, at least the truth they don’t want America to hear, starts the name-calling. It takes a Washington-outsider, a regular American to call it like it is. As commenter Cindy said about Super Sarah –

…she is romping and stomping through America now and reminding us that there is someone out there that has a backbone and is willing to USE IT!

Right about now, Obama is probably crying to his whiny wife, about how unfair America is. He can’t just skip to the front of the line, without working his way up like the rest of us. Why put in the effort, when cheating works so well?

UPDATE: Pigs fly!

You’ll want to double-check the logo at the bottom left corner during this report. It really is CNN and Anderson Cooper fact-checking Barack Obama’s claims to have barely known William Ayers — and calling it dishonest.

Woooohoooo! Now all we need is a Rezko tell-all!

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