About Obama's terrorist acquaintance

There are 191 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 20, 2008, titled About Obama's terrorist acquaintance. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

W hen William F. Buckley Jr. died in February, one of the things widely praised, by liberals and others, was his stalwart insistence on moral hygiene.

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Clyde Nugget

Houston, TX

#2 Apr 20, 2008
FINALLY......SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA WHO IS TELLING IT LIKE IT IS. OBAMA HAS BEEN PAMPERED BY THE PRESS FOR SO LONG IT IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY TO HAVE COLUMIST PRINT THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS MAN. THE PRESIDENCY IS TOO DARN IMPORTANT TO LET SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA BE THE TEFLON MAN.
myriadom

Des Moines, IA

#3 Apr 20, 2008
Keep trying. We aren't that paranoid.
Harley

Altoona, AL

#4 Apr 20, 2008
Great story. But the Wright thing is something that I fell is just as bad. It is obvious that he is a racist. I can see the headlines now. "Obama hangs out with racist and terrorist."
Harley

Altoona, AL

#5 Apr 20, 2008
I love that the Obamabots on here are squirming in there mom's basements over the fact that their "messiah" has had his halo ripped off his head. Wake Up people. Obama isn't who you think he is.
DisconcertedRead er

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Apr 20, 2008
Jesus Christ, let it go already. Ever heard of 6 degrees of separation? We are all connected or linked to some degree - and to make the implication that Obama endorses terrorism in any way shape or form is bs and you know it. I'm sorry you got a bad deal with Bush - we all did but you and no one in your family or friends' circle has never done anything wrong ever. Right. Obama is a decent guy trying to do good things for this country and folks like you and Hannity and the rest of the extremists who are convinced you are cleaner and better than the rest of us Americans - get your heads out of God's butt and take a look around - things do need to improve and it is by working together that we hope top do that.
Denise

Peoria, IL

#7 Apr 20, 2008
All three contenders are on a paid committee with an ex-klansman, Senator Byrd.

It isn't the 60's anymore.
Gloria

San Diego, CA

#8 Apr 20, 2008
Thank you for a good piece of journalism. I truly don't understand the appeal of Obama.
I am very troubled by his seeming lack of patriotism. The way I see it, his early formative years were spent in Indonesia. He was an outsider there, and he was searching for his identity. He didn't grow up reciting the pledge of allegiance in school or learning about American history or American culture during his early school years in Indonesia . He has said that he came to some deep identity crisis when he saw an article in a magazine about being black and identifying with being black. The point I'm making is that Obama never really identified with being American in the way he might have, had he been born in the continental U.S. and grown up here. His father was not American, and his stepfather was not American, so he didn't really have the same exposure to American loyalty and love of country that he might have otherwise. I believe his deepest need was to find his identity and after reading that article as a young person, he began to identify himself with the black community. So it was very understandable why he would be drawn to a church that promoted the "superiority" of being black and even preached hatred of white America and had an underlying agenda of black domination over the white population --- an agenda of blaming every problem on white America. I think, deep down, Obama does not have the true love of and loyalty to our country I expect a person running for president of our nation to have. I hope the press will continue to question his "identity" -- who is he really as defined by his relationships and his record? Thank you.
JMiles

Mukwonago, WI

#9 Apr 20, 2008
It amazes me ... the same folks who voted for Bush--TWICE--still think they're qualified to make an accurate assessment of presidential candidates.

Twice.
Lowry

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 20, 2008
Great article! If the press doesnt have the right to ask the next possible president his relationship with a terrorist—then what constitute a good reason? Obama should be questioned. Its essential. Obama worked for terrorist William Ayers. He said he was 8 when Ayers bombed New York. Nice try. But he was 30something when he served on a board with Mr. Ayers in the 1990’s, the Woods Foundation, which was a paid, underlined PAID directorship position. They worked together, attended fundraisers together, Ayers held fundraisers and was a contributor to Obama’s Chicago’s campaign, plus they are neighbors and visited each other quite often. Enough said. This relationship deserves being vetted. As an adult Obama made the decision to work with a terrorist. This is a legitimate issue, the judgment and associations of the possible nominee. Its goes straight to the reason why democrats have lost the last two elections. It goes directly to his associations with Farrahkan, Wright, Ayers, Auchi and Refko. This needs to be fully vetted.
Cassius

Pampanga, Philippines

#11 Apr 20, 2008
Denise wrote:
All three contenders are on a paid committee with an ex-klansman, Senator Byrd.
It isn't the 60's anymore.
And let the church say: "Aaaaaaaaamen!"
Charles from FL

Singapore

#13 Apr 20, 2008
Wait, by the standards laid out in the article itself - not associating with those "who actually bombed...", Ayers would come off clean. The guy never set bombs, he just talked about it, like Coburn.
Writers should look to their own double standards before publishing. It's so transparent when one's words contradict each other.
jay like birds

Hood River, OR

#14 Apr 20, 2008
Thin soup indeed. What about all the neocons associating with Ollie North? Oh wait-- he only paid terrorists. Totally different. So much for moral hygeine. Come to think of it, the weather underground was small potatoes indeed compared to the terrorist actions sponsered by the right wing of the American government at the time.
Enough with the 'terrorists' crap. Nobody likes being bombed and having all their resources carted away. What about this basic idea aren't people getting? If i have to read one more dumbarse try to use big words i'll... i'll... stop reading the news! So there!
Goodtimepolitics

Beulaville, NC

#15 Apr 20, 2008
All these anti-Americans friends of Obama's is adding up fast and really making Obama look as bad as they themselves are. Hang around these types long enough and you will turn into the same type person. Honest law abiding people do not hang around crooks, murders and terrorist. Obama has offended small town Americans, stuck up a middle finger at Hillary Clinton and then gave a big ugy grin. He is no more than a punk! This American has better sense than to vote for such a person.
jay like birds

Hood River, OR

#16 Apr 20, 2008
fabulous personality breakdown by gloria, also: are you a scientologist-in-training? a phone psychic? alcoholic middle school counselor of the creepy and traumatic sort? heh. just kidding. i wouldn't try to craft a serious-sounding argument out of complete speculation, because that would make me... a dumbass. Which you probobly already think i am, so i'll save myself the trouble. <sigh>
jay like birds

Hood River, OR

#17 Apr 20, 2008
Hey, goodtimepolitics? A clue-
most Americans are sick to death of bull-turkey tightwad hypocrites such as yourself.
Phil

Bloomington, IL

#19 Apr 20, 2008
What standard does the press have for determining how much weight should be applied to coverage of criticism of one's political acquaintances?

Chapman devoted one line to Clinton's presumptive connection to Ayers: "Though the last person who should object is Hillary Clinton, whose husband pardoned two Weather Underground members." But, Chapman could've very well written an entire editorial criticizing Hillary's lack of denouncement.

Columnists like Steve Chapman are just chorus members in the media narrative of the week. Obama answered the question. If you don't like it, if you think he's going to be soft on domestic terrorism in office (which is what Chapman's implying, I guess?), don't vote for him. But considering that he's going to get hounded on this by the chorus until some other tangential issue takes the front pages, and the bottom line is that the press won't be satisfied with whatever he says, I don't blame him for taking no interest in those sort of questions.
nats

Hammond, IN

#21 Apr 20, 2008
Dear Mr. Chapman: Please refer to the editorial written by the board on which you sit on this very subject.
Matt - Montana

Laramie, WY

#22 Apr 20, 2008
Hey Steve, I'm bettin you voted for Bush Twice! Good Job, buddy, and way to be an EXCELLENT judge of character. Maybe Fox News will have you on to talk about your stellar column, but I don't think the rest of the country is buying your assessment. Nice try though, Sean Hannity is, no doubt, very proud of his little children.
kevin

Richmond, VA

#23 Apr 20, 2008
You are such a liar and gisgusting person, grow up and focus on real issues that matter to American, What are you trying to claim is lie, Obama was never friend of this guy and never aske endorsement of him. if Ayres is still terroris and acting as one of terrorist why he is not prosecuted and is free man and teaching at university, so people should question you about raising flase claim on people and judge people for their past time. you better grow up and do not waste time by accusing Obama with other persons past.
OBAMA AND TERRORISTS

Perry Hall, MD

#25 Apr 20, 2008
OBAMAS AGAIN NAMED IN FEDERAL Rezko trial!
Obama needs to tell us more about his relationship with Ayers. It's important because voters might well wonder whether that relationship, coupled with Obama's longtime relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is the beginning of a pattern, a pattern in which Obama seems quite comfortable with people who really, really, really don't like the United States of America.
FEDERAL COURT | The Obamas lied about attending bash for Iraqi crook Nadhmi Auchi. BY NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was again drawn into Tony Rezko's corruption trial when the prosecution's star witness placed Obama at a party for an Iraqi-born billionaire who was barred entry to the United States. Stuart Levine testified under cross-examination that Obama and his wife, Michelle, attended the reception for Nadhmi Auchi.
An Obama connection court testimony have linked presidential hopeful Barack Obama with Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi and Rezko. Obama met Middle Eastern bankers at the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago hosted by Rezko, who was courting potential investors for a 62-acre South Loop development. Auchi later took control of that project. Later Auchi attended a dinner party at Rezko's Wilmette mansion. Obama and his wife, Michelle, also were there, according to federal testimony at Rezko's corruption trial. The Obama campaign's responsed that Senator and Mrs. Obama have no recollection of attending the event.
Jan. 28, 2008 Rezko was jailed for withholding details of his finances -- including a $3.5 million payment from Auchi convicted of fraud in France in 2003. After visiting Chicago and Detroit in 2004, he wasn't allowed back into this country, according to a prosecution filing in the Rezko case gathering for Auchi took place at Rezko's mansion in Wilmette, with Mr. and Mrs. Obama there. Monday, Obama camp said Obama does not recall meeting Nadhmi Auchi but Obamas attended the Wilmette reception, which came less than a month after Obama's Democratic primary win for his U.S. Senate seat. Rezko had been a key fund-raiser for Obama with Auchi. Obamas relationship with Rezko who is accused of demanding kickbacks from people seeking Illinois government business is now under a federal microscope as he seeks the presidency. Obama particularly has drawn fire for buying property from Rezko's wife a strip of land adjacent to Obama's Kenwood home at a time when both Obamas knew Rezko was already known to be under federal investigation.
Gov. Blagojevich hosted a separate dinner party for Auchi two days earlier, at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Chicago, the Sun-Times has reported. Auchi was named by prosecutors in the January court filing that led to Rezko's bail being revoked and his being jailed. Last April, an Auchi company wired Rezko $3.5 million in connection with a valuable 62-acre South Loop site, which Rezko didn't disclose to authorities. Auchi's General Mediterranean Holding now controls the land at Roosevelt and Clark. Prosecutors said Rezko appealed to the State Department in November 2005 to allow Auchi to enter the United States, after Auchi was unable to do so.

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