Yesterday in a speach Gov. Sarah Palin accused Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as being “someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”
Palin made the charge at a fund-raising event in Englewood, Colorado, and a rally in Carson, California. She was referring in part to William Ayers, a 1960s radical. Palin cited a front-page article in Saturday’s New York Times detailing the working relationship between Obama and Ayers.
The use of the word “terror” strikes a nerve to American’s as we associate the word to the attacks which occurred on 9/11.
When the use of terror is combined with past unfounded internet spurred rumors of an Islamic alliance simply because of a person’s name, say Barak Obama, a dangerous false assumption can be made. Was this a political ploy by Palin to cast reasonable doubt on the Democratic Presidential candidate?
The fact that is was said on two occasions leads one to believe that the attack was premeditated.
Since the VP candidate debate last Thursday, the media has been intent on investigating allegations.
The Facts according to CNN
CNN’s review of project records found nothing to suggest anything inappropriate in the volunteer projects in which the Obama and the ‘terrorist’ were involved.
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told CNN that after meeting Obama through the Annenberg project, the ‘terrorist’ hosted a campaign event for him that same year when then-Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced the young community organizer as her chosen successor. LaBolt also said the two have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Obama came to the U.S. Senate in 2005 and last met more than a year ago when they encountered each other on the street in their Hyde Park neighborhood.
Obama once explained the relationship by saying,
“This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood … the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago — when I was 8 years old — somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.”
The New York Times article cited by Palin concluded that “the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers.” Other publications, including the Washington Post, Time magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New Yorker and The New Republic, have said that their reporting doesn’t support the idea that Obama and Ayers had a close relationship.
The McCain campaign did not respond Saturday to a request for elaboration on Palin’s use of the plural “terrorists.”
Has this misguided attack on Obama blown up in Palin’s face? or Has it diverted the attention from the less than perfect results from the debate a few days ago?
Whatever the reason or the effect one thing is for sure.
Palin’s comments have fueled the brains those who want to believe that Obama is a terrorist and has also fueled the media including, Saturday Night Live.