A lot of the items in the Obama campaign’s response to Corsi are items I was noting in my review – sloppy work, asserting “Obama didn’t say X in his book,” when in fact he did. (For example, Corsi is right that Obama never comes out and calls his father a polygamist in his book, but somewhere around the reference to the fourth or fifth wife a reader will start doubting whether he actually divorced each one.)
And then there’s this one:
LIE: “Besides, Obama had to know who Ayers is and what he stands for, especially with Ayers
making this splash on 9/11.” [p 147]
REALITY: AYERS COMMENTS WERE PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11; THE INTERVIEW
OCCURRED PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
On September 11, 2001, A Story About William Ayers’ Memoir Was Published In The New York Times; The Interview Occurred Prior To Publication. “‘I don’t regret setting bombs,’ Bill Ayers said. ‘I feel we didn’t do enough.’ Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970’s as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago.” [New York
This one completely misses the point — Corsi’s argument is that Obama had to know who Ayers is and what he had done in his past during their many years of association; it’s not like placing the bombs was an act he was ashamed of and made an effort to hide.
Or is this what the campaign is trying to argue? That indeed, Obama didn’t know who Ayers was and what he stands for?
Anybody out there buy that?