Obama’s radical associations in his own words

We keep hearing that Barack Obama’s radical associations don’t matter. We need to stick to the issues, and some acquaintences from his past have nothing to do with how he would govern.

Obama claims he wasn’t aware of Bill Ayer’s past when he first met the man. He also claims not to have heard Reverand Jeremiah Wright’s racist and anti-American sermons. Should we give him the benefit of the doubt?

Has anyone noticed that John McCain frequently has friends of his appear at rallies and campaign events. Have any of Barack Obama’s good friends or old acquaintences appeared at his events? Not that I’m aware of. I wonder why Obama doesn’t have his old pals out there campaigning for him.

The Hey Jude blog may have answered that question for us. They read Obama’s “Dreams from my Father” and found a passage about how Barack Obama carefully chose his friends.

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout,I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism,and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake,we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated. Read full article.

Is he still alienated? Is he still resisting the constraints of society? Does he still seek out friendships with Marxist professors? Why won’t he answer these questions?