My friend RBO has crossposted a brilliant article by Hawai’i based journalist Andrew Walden.
It seems that even in Sunday School Obama was mixing with radicals.
As President Obama prepared to commemorate D-Day, the Associated Press dug up old details and photos to write a warm fuzzy story about the WW2 service record of Obama’s maternal grandfather and grand uncle. One could conclude that the actions of these two-nearly 20 years before Obama was born–are the closest Obama ever came to uniformed US military personnel prior to launching his political career.
But Obama has a much closer military connection-one he has not talked about publicly. Had a reporter asked Obama: “So what were you doing during Bill Ayers’ fugitive days?” An honest answer would be: “I was going to Sunday school at a church which had provided sanctuary to US military deserters.”
While John McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu — at which the elementary-age Obama would later attend Sunday school after returning from Indonesia in 1970 or 71 — was sheltering deserters and AWOLs recruited by ‘flirty fishing’ coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as “The Resistance”. The deserters’ exploits were front page news for months on end in mid-1969 Honolulu. They were also proudly trumpeted by the Honolulu SDS tabloid, “The Roach”.
The contrast between the war hero POW and the Obama deserters’ church would have made a pretty good campaign commercial. But nobody in Honolulu spoke up to claim Obama’s First Unitarian connection until after Election Day. Even then it was hush-hush…
Read the whole article here