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Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 in Media, Politics, Society | 8 comments

Afterthoughts

Excuse me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that William Ayers, the domestic terrorist Sarah Palin said Obama palled around with, sitting about three rows back of Obama during the swearing-in ceremonies? Most of us have seen the TV instant replay and still photos of that particular scene. The guy appears in back of Obama’s right shoulder.

If it is Ayers, the more I think about it the more I think “Wow!” Seating arrangements at a presidential inauguration usually are assigned by a pecking order, family and the most powerful closest to the incoming prez. From the camera angle I saw, President Bush was seated further from Obama than the alleged Mr. Ayers.

Now, I have nothing against Ayers. The flap during the primaries and general election campaign Republicans raised by Obama’s association with Ayers I felt trivial and something not worth writing about. But, it was a legitimate issue and never believed Obama adequately explained. I reluctantly accepted Obama and, later, Ayers explanations only because the importance of the issue didn’t amount to squat as far as Obama’s qualifications for president. It was a case of the Republicans throwing slime at the wall, hoping it would stick.

It is seeing it in that light is why his appearance, again, if it was Ayers, was an eye grabber. Is it because their association was closer than we were led to believe? Was Obama using the occasion to flaunt those former critics? Was Ayers there as a symbol of Obama’s efforts to unite the country as was his choice of the anti-gay Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the opening inaugural prayer?

Obama is such an astute politician one would think the best approach would be out-of-sight, out-of-mind. That seemed to be why he hid his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in the Illinois State Capitol basement when he announced his presidency.

Changing gears…

This is the week that was for former President George Bush and as millions of others, I say good riddance. But, let’s not forget some of the few things he got right.

Bush should be commended for his comparatively few number of pardons and orders of clemency. He believed the process was unfair to those who were denied access or did not curry favor with the administration. He insisted pardons were considered only after serving five years in prison. He required both the judge and prosecutor to sign off for presidential pardons. Based on political pressure to do otherwise, Bush granted clemency but not pardons to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, for perjury and to the two U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot a fleeing Mexican drug runner and then lied in a cover-up. Those were gutsy decisions by the self-proclaimed decider in chief. Compare that to Bill Clinton’s pardon of Mark Rich after his wife donated millions to his new foundation.

Left-wing liberals fail to give adequate credit for Bush’s financial assistance to African nations to help fight AIDS and malaria.

They rarely mention Bush’s greatest domestic success for providing affordable drugs to seniors under the Medicare Part D plan. (Without such assistance, this writer would be long dead from diabetes-related illnesses.)

Bush himself rates his “No Child Left Behind” school educational program as a great accomplishment. He considers keeping America safe since Sept. 11, 2001, another monumental victory. To argue otherwise would be disingenuous because the education program is still a work in progress and the nation’s security is fragile in these times of Islamic fundamental extremists.

It’s nice to see a new kid in town to pick up the pieces of Bush’s litany of ill-conceived policies and style running the country.

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  • JSpencer

    “Was Obama using the occasion to flaunt those former critics?”

    IF it was Ayers, and IF that was the reason, then I’d say the former critics deserved the gesture.

    As for the things GWB got right, they were few and far between. That said, another was his designation of the three marine sanctuaries. Not much compared to his overwhelming environmental negligence (to put it mildly), but still noteworthy.

  • TomHilton

    “Was Obama using the occasion to flaunt those former critics?”

    Obama may well have occasion to flaunt some of his critics (former as well as current)–if someone like Jim DeMint were criticizing me, for example, I would flaunt it–but that certainly isn’t what he’s doing here. If (big ‘if’) that really was William Ayers, then Obama was arguably flaunting his connection to Ayers; what he would be doing to his former critics is flouting them.

    If you’re going to go the tinfoil hat route, at least observe proper usage.

  • GeorgeSorwell

    It’s Jimmy Hoffa.

  • JSpencer

    I can never think of Jimmy Hoffa without remembering The Jimmy Hoffa Memorial Building Blues, by Danny O’Keefe. Great song, great album.

    As you were…

  • MaryL

    William AYERS
    SARAH Palin

    If your eyesight is as good as your spelling, then I’m pretty sure AYERS was not seated in a place of honour at the inauguration. Anyway, wouldn’t many other people apart from you have noticed AYERS’ presence by now if he had actually been there? Nice try, though.

  • DdW

    “Excuse me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that William Ayers, the domestic terrorist Sarah Palin said Obama palled around with, sitting about three rows back of Obama during the swearing-in ceremonies? ”

    Excuse me if I am wrong, but shouldn’t it first be confirmed beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is actually William Ayers before devoting half of an entire post to it?

    And, excuse me if I am wrong, but the fact that it only took the other half of a 600-word post to showcase “some of the few things [Bush] got right” tell us something?

  • rudi

    Yes that was Ayers holding the baby Trig while talking to Reverend Wright.

  • MJDaniels53

    I find no evidence that Ayers was at the Inauguration. I can’t imagine that No Drama Obama would allow his well-oiled machine to commit a gaffe like that.

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