“I was only 9″

posted at 10:50 am on April 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

William Ayers managed to avoid prosecution, thanks to illegal activities by the FBI during the investigation of the Weathermen, but that doesn’t mean his crimes have been forgotten. John Murtaugh won’t forget them, and for good reason; the Weathermen targeted him and his family for death. However, Murtaugh has something in common with Obama on this topic, as Murtaugh was only nine years old at the time — the same age as Obama:

During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up “a gentleman named William Ayers,” who “was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.” Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.

In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, we’d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blasts and, with the remains of a snowman I had built a few days earlier, managed to douse the flames beneath the car. That was an act whose courage I fully appreciated only as an adult, an act that doubtless saved multiple lives that night.

I still recall, as though it were a dream, thinking that someone was lifting and dropping my bed as the explosions jolted me awake, and I remember my mother’s pulling me from the tangle of sheets and running to the kitchen where my father stood. Through the large windows overlooking the yard, all we could see was the bright glow of flames below. We didn’t leave our burning house for fear of who might be waiting outside. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. Sunlight, the next morning, revealed three sentences of blood-red graffiti on our sidewalk: FREE THE PANTHER 21; THE VIET CONG HAVE WON; KILL THE PIGS.

Obama argued that he has no reason to question Ayers about his history of radical terrorism since he was only 8 when Ayers decided to become a domestic terrorist. Murtaugh, not surprisingly, feels differently. He doesn’t hold Obama responsible for the bomb-throwing and the murders that the Weather Underground committed, but he does question Obama’s judgment in choosing his political associates:

Nobody should hold the junior senator from Illinois responsible for his friends’ and supporters’ violent terrorist acts. But it is fair to hold him responsible for a startling lack of judgment in his choice of mentors, associates, and friends, and for showing a callous disregard for the lives they damaged and the hatred they have demonstrated for this country. It is fair, too, to ask what those choices say about Obama’s own beliefs, his philosophy, and the direction he would take our nation.

How many other presidential candidates have friends who threw bombs at nine-year-old boys, and who acted as an accessory to murder before the fact? Not even Bill Clinton could make that claim, even if he wanted to do so. Only Barack Obama has the distinction of surrounding himself with racial demagogues (Wright) and domestic terrorists like Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn.

As Murtaugh notes, the fact that they remain unrepentant about their terrorism makes it exponentially worse. Ayers refuses to acknowledge that bombing people like the Murtaughs to subvert the judicial system and to force political change he couldn’t achieve through the ballot is, in fact, terrorism. As late as last November, Dohrn continued to call for the “overthrow of capitalism”, while Ayers approvingly quoted Mao henchman Chou En-Lai while hysterically warning of an “unimaginable authoritarianism” in the US.

For a politician with no track record, Obama wants us to rely on his judgment. Working with domestic terrorists who targeted not just public buildings but children like John Murtaugh makes that judgment highly suspect. Obama claims it ancient history because it happened when he was eight. Murtaugh feels fortunate that his assassins failed in ending his life at nine. It’s not ancient history to him, nor should it be for the rest of us.


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Buh-bye Barry!

omnipotent on April 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Gee, Obama, you had 38 years to judge Ayers’ character…it only took you 20 years to come to a conclusion about Wright.

What gives?

James on April 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

BO: “With friends like these…”

jgapinoy on April 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

But Ayers doesn’t do that NOW. Can’t you neo-cons just give it a rest?

Limerick on April 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Once a domestic terrorist, always a domestic terrorist. The only for this to clear for Barry is to have Ayers come out publicly and repent. He would have to say that he has seen the error of his ways and now is a changed man. But….given the track recored, Ayers will not do this. Get another life jacket. There will be another man overboard soon.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

I read this earlier and it shows me that Barry will do and say anything to reach the WH, truth,life and integrity be damned. He actually is worse than the Clintons IMHO.

bbz123 on April 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Does Barry have any friends that actually like America, besides Sen. Tom Coburn?

RBMN on April 30, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Car bombs are a distraction from things like healthcare.

benrand on April 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

As late as last November, Dohrn continued to call for the “overthrow of capitalism”, while Ayers approvingly quoted Mao henchman Chou En-Lai while hysterically warning of an “unimaginable authoritarianism” in the US.

Why is it the leftists always are calling the US authoritarian/fascist when we are holding congressional elections every two years and presidential ones every four, with a term limited and power limited president. Yet look at their choices for “good” countries: Soviet Union, PRC, Castro’s Cuba. The mere fact that these dunderheads are around and spewing their stupidity without consequences (even to the point of getting away with terrorism due to our judicial process of holding the government accountable for its misdeeds) gives lie to their statements.

Why some fall for this claptrap is beyond me.

rbj on April 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

as much stuff like this on obama that there is, there almost mathematically has to be some ‘smoking gun’ type thing waiting for October? Just by the law of averages alone.

jp on April 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Why is it the leftists always are calling the US authoritarian

the thing is the Left are basically authoritarian on everything minus sexual behavior….projection

jp on April 30, 2008 at 11:04 AM

If I was a candidate for president and I had a good friend who thought that bombing abortion clinics was an OK thing and that Eric Rudolph didn’t do enough, I doubt if I’d find too many people who would excuse me. Certainly no one in the MSM.

Ellen on April 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Ed -

Can you import comments from the headline?

Buy Danish on April 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM

The more important question is, why haven’t we lined up and kicked Ayers’…er, backside? The fact that this guy can openly hate this country, call for its downfall, and try to bring about its collapse, without any sort of social penalty, let alone legal penalty (“All charges against him were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct during the long search for the fugitives”).

Yes, this is indicative of the kind of man Obama is. I don’t know how many times we have to go over it. The man is a radical, anti-American communist who has no business darkening the doorstep of the White House. He shouldn’t even be in Washington.

emailnuevo on April 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

P.S. I didn’t finish the sentence; it should say “The fact that … is absolutely appalling.”

emailnuevo on April 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

How many other presidential candidates have friends who threw bombs at nine-year-old boys, and who acted as an accessory to murder before the fact? Not even Bill Clinton could make that claim, even if he wanted to do so.

Yeah, but Clinton likes to pardon terrorists. Of course, Hillary didn’t know anything about that.

Sloan Morganstern on April 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Interesting that FBI man Mark Felt (Deep Throat) was responsible for botching the investigation so that Ayers and Dohrn couldn’t be prosecuted.

Let’s see now, instumental in bringing down the Nixon White House and insuring that Liberal Domestic Terrorists escape lengthy jail sentences.

Ah, probably just a co-incidence.

there it is on April 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Molehill, mountain, etc etc. Next.

Dave Rywall on April 30, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I really don’t think this will make a difference. Obama supporters have such a personal investment in him that to stop supporting him would amount to admitting they were had. Lefties won’t have the strength of character to admit they were wrong about him. His campaign will continue.

redshirt on April 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

I’m picturing a great McCain campaign commercial featuring this guy. Though I’m sure McCain wouldn’t resort to such negativity…

noodle on April 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I have no doubt that in Rywall’s world, associating with people who want to kill as many American’s as possible is no big deal.

MarkTheGreat on April 30, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Molehill, mountain, etc etc. Next.

Dave Rywall on April 30, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Hang in there, Dave. It’ll be over soon. Around November.

a capella on April 30, 2008 at 11:30 AM

I was 12 and living in New York when it happened, and while I thought going down to Greenwich Village to see the big hole in the ground where the townhouse used to be was pretty cool, I never had any ambiguity about the fact that it was wrong and that the people who blew the place up in a failed effort to blow others up weren’t “freedom fighters”.

The fact that alarm bells didn’t go off — and apparently still haven’t gone off in Obama’s head — about not simply what Ayers did, but the fact that 38 years later he still sees nothing wrong with what he did, shows either a tremendous lack of judgment of character, not something you want in a president, or a cocooning inside the liberal echo chamber to the point that he was and is unable to see what Ayers looks like to the rest of society (the other option would be Obama actually approved of the bombings, but that would require an evil cynicism and masterful acting ability I don’t think he’s close to being able to pull off, based on his ability to speak without a prepared text in front of him).

Barak’s unwillingness first to dump Wright and now not to say anything about Ayers is Pauline Kael’s 1972 comment “Everyone I know voted for McGovern” morphed into Bthe 2008 equivalent of “Everyone I know thinks Bill and Bernadine are wonderful people.” Hillary down deep might think that Ayers and Dohrn are right fine blokes too, but she’s been around the block enough and is ruthless enough to know when someone becomes a 50-pound weight around your neck during a campaign, you don’t spend month after month defending them.

jon1979 on April 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

The source he uses to connect the group to the attack on his house seems weak. I looked up the book in question and the amazon reviews for it claims that it lacks first-hand accounts and relies on conjecture to fill the blanks often. And from what I’ve read the only people to die from their attacks were the members themselves (The San Francisco bombing attack, they were possible suspects but they never claimed credit, but there was also a murder-robbery that happened after Ayers would’ve left). This isn’t a defense of the organization by any means, just observations from a look at their Wikipedia page and an Amazon search.

Typhonsentra on April 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

At the conclusion of his 2001 Times interview, Ayers said of his upbringing and subsequent radicalization: “I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire.”

Funny thing, Bill: one night, so did I.

Wow.

mymanpotsandpans on April 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Don’t forget Fred Thompson and his terrorist connections. He gave legal advice to the Libyan terrorists responsible for killing 270 innocents in Lockerbie in an effort to help the terrorists avoid being tried in an unbiased system of justice for over a decade.

tommylotto on April 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

The man is a radical, anti-American communist who has no business darkening the doorstep of the White House. He shouldn’t even be in Washington.

emailnuevo on April 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

You Racist!!!

/s

omnipotent on April 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

tommylotto on April 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Good one, Tommy Boy.

Your relevancy is nil.

omnipotent on April 30, 2008 at 11:46 AM

tommylotto on April 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Nice. The man’s been gone for a good while now, and you still have to plunge the dagger.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Typhonsentra on April 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Osama can’t fly a plane = innocent!

Limerick on April 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

So are all the Americans just going to let Ayers and Dohrn live out their lives without ever making examples of them? In so doing, it seems they make them contrary examples.

Kralizec on April 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

If by some crazy miracle BO does win the Whitehouse, the crew visiting him there will have even conservatives pining for the good old days of the respectable CLINTON Whitehouse. Good grief.

Lunkinator on April 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

he source he uses to connect the group to the attack on his house seems weak. I looked up the book in question and the amazon reviews for it claims that it lacks first-hand accounts and relies on conjecture to fill the blanks often. And from what I’ve read the only people to die from their attacks were the members themselves (The San Francisco bombing attack, they were possible suspects but they never claimed credit, but there was also a murder-robbery that happened after Ayers would’ve left). This isn’t a defense of the organization by any means, just observations from a look at their Wikipedia page and an Amazon search.

Typhonsentra on April 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

The group became increasingly radical and turned to violence as a means of pushing their agenda. As spokespersons for the group, Ayers and Dohrn are on the record (written, audio recording and a movie that was made a little later) with what they hoped to accomplish and the means to which they were willing to go to achieve them.

The bomb that detonated in the Village was to be used at an NCO dance at Ft Dix. It was designed to kill as many people as possible. If you listen to quotes from some of the group at the time they go to great lengths to suggest that there are no innocents and that their aim was to make America unlivable (their words, not mine) and to “give America a taste of what it has been dishing out all these years.”

No reasonable person can conclude that Ayers and Dohrn were not co-consirators in terrorist attacks, murders and attempted murder.

Our society is under no obligation to turn the other cheek.

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Typhonsentra on April 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Attempted murder is no longer a crime?

omnipotent on April 30, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Don’t forget Fred Thompson and his terrorist connections. He gave legal advice to the Libyan terrorists responsible for killing 270 innocents in Lockerbie in an effort to help the terrorists avoid being tried in an unbiased system of justice for over a decade.

tommylotto on April 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

And Obama’s church gave a lifetime award to the the racist, anti-semite, and terrorist loving-Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan who incidentally has traveled to both Iran and Libya and praised both countries which until 9/11 were resposible for the most devestating terrorist attacks against Americans.

Your point is what?

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

But Ayers doesn’t do that NOW. Can’t you neo-cons just give it a rest?

Limerick on April 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

I’m guessing you’re not a big law and order or Lee Marvin fan are you?

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM

But it is fair to hold [Obama] responsible for a startling lack of judgment in his choice of mentors, associates, and friends, and for showing a callous disregard for the lives they damaged and the hatred they have demonstrated for this country.

Obama’s own wife has demonstrated her hatred for this country!

It is fair, too, to ask what those choices say about Obama’s own beliefs, his philosophy, and the direction he would take our nation.

The views of Barack Hussein Obama Sr., Michelle Obama, William Ayers, and Rev. Wright are the views of Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

Red Pill on April 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM

should I have added the snarc?

Limerick on April 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

That is the worse excuse I have ever heard from a politician. Obama is a magnet for these crazy people. He married one, chose one for his mentor, and his best friends seem to all have the hatred of this country and those that love it as targets in common.

Hening on April 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Though no one was ever caught or tried for the attempt on my family’s life, there was never any doubt who was behind it. Only a few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. The same cell had bombed my house, writes Ron Jacobs in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. And in late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings.

Gee typhonsentra, that seems pretty clear to me.

funky chicken on April 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Thank you for that piece.

And this same creep, Ayers, is infiltrating our schools. This should be a thread, and spoken long and loud, in concert with this piece here. Talk about connecting the dots!

CrimsonFisted on April 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/04/bill_ayers_and_the_subversion_1.html

funky chicken on April 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

As late as last November, Dohrn continued to call for the “overthrow of capitalism”, while Ayers approvingly quoted Mao henchman Chou En-Lai while hysterically warning of an “unimaginable authoritarianism” in the US.

Why is it the leftists always are calling the US authoritarian/fascist?

rbj on April 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

I’ve noticed a pattern that I see repeated frequently by leftists over the years. They accuse the right of the very thing that they themselves are guilty of.

It’s the “fist in your face” strategy…the best defense is a good offense. They put the right on the defensive, and the right is too busy defending itself to ask if the charge is actually more fittingly applied to the left. And, if and when we do apply it to the left, it comes across looking like a playground battle of “I know you are, but what am I?”

Think about the “Culture of Corruption” meme…sure there are corrupt people on both sides of the isle, but to which party does that label more appropriately apply? I say to the Demoncrats.

The Dhimis say that Bush “stole” the 2000 election. The truth is the Dhimis were trying to “steal” it.

The next time you hear a Dem charge against Republicans, stop and ask yourself if that charge is more appropriately aimed at Dhimis.

“Bush Lied, People Died”…I think “Clinton Lied, People Died” is much more appropriate. What pre-9/11 evidence did Clinton send Sandy Berger in to steal and destroy? Why? What was Clinton covering up? That’s bigger than Watergate, my friends…much bigger. No one died as a result of Watergate.

The US is not authoritarian/fascist now, but would be if these leftist/Marxist/Socialist/Communist jerks are successful in their quest to “overthrow capitalism”. This is their game plan. This is the new constitution they want to put in place of our Constitution.

Red Pill on April 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

This is their game plan. This is the new constitution they want to put in place of our Constitution.

Red Pill on April 30, 2008 at 12:41 PM

there it is on April 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM

It would not surprise me one bit to find that Mark Felt (Deep Throat) had other Communist connections.

Senator Joe McCarthy was right.

Red Pill on April 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

This deserves a bump.

funky chicken on April 30, 2008 at 1:04 PM

“This is John McCain, and I don’t approve of this message.”

leftnomore on April 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

That’s all John has to do– run the neg ads, and then close them with that FEC- required line!

leftnomore on April 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

That’s all John has to do– run the neg ads, and then close them with that FEC- required line!

leftnomore on April 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

John needs to take a 6 month around-the-world vacation and come back around Halloween.

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Will somebody please ask Obama if he will, as president, issue a pardon to Bill Ayers and the Weathermen, for bombing America and killing people? After all, it all happenned when he was 9 and therefore is not relevant anymore, right? Except to the wounded and maimed and families of the murdered, that is. But who cares about them? Obama?

Tantor on April 30, 2008 at 5:25 PM

So are all the Americans just going to let Ayers and Dohrn live out their lives without ever making examples of them? In so doing, it seems they make them contrary examples.

Kralizec on April 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Dind, ding, ding, we have a winner. Eye for an eye. Let the Ayers live in fear, looking over their shoulder.

Geronimo on October 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM