Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bill Ayers breaks his silence

I was thrilled to see that Bill Ayers has broken his silence - he is featured in today's Times in an op-ed piece.

Here is an excerpt of what he has to say about our President-Elect: "The dishonesty of the narrative about Mr. Obama during the campaign went a step further with its assumption that if you can place two people in the same room at the same time, or if you can show that they held a conversation, shared a cup of coffee, took the bus downtown together or had any of a thousand other associations, then you have demonstrated that they share ideas, policies, outlook, influences and, especially, responsibility for each other’s behavior. There is a long and sad history of guilt by association in our political culture, and at crucial times we’ve been unable to rise above it.
President-elect Obama and I sat on a board together; we lived in the same diverse and yet close-knit community; we sometimes passed in the bookstore. We didn’t pal around, and I had nothing to do with his positions. I knew him as well as thousands of others did, and like millions of others, I wish I knew him better. "

Here is a link to the entire article.

We all learned a great deal in this last election - one of the most riveting in our nation's history. Let's hope that the negativity is behind us and that we can now move forward.

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