Matt Drudge has just posted a 1997 U. of Chicago news announcement of a panel session of juvenile justice. Bill Ayers and Sen. Obama are two of the four panelists and Mrs. Obama, who the announcement describes as Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center, is quoted speaking approvingly of the upcoming panel. You can read the announcement here.
So what does it amount to in terms of the Bill Ayers-Barack Obama relationship and the campaign?
It’s one more instance demonstrating Obama dissembled when he described Ayers as a guy “in the neighborhood” with whom he’d once served on a board that included many others of various political leanings.
But people wanting to make anything much of Obama serving on this panel with Ayers – especially people trying to score political advantage using it - will have a hard time doing so.
That Obama and Ayers were members of the same panel 11 years ago means what?
Not necessarily that they agreed on anything. Panelists often disagree with their co-panelists some, a lot or on just about everything.
Obama’s campaign team is going to note the panel’s focus was on ways to improve juvenile justice. What could be wrong with that, they’ll reasonably ask?
They’ll also note their candidate’s participation on the panel is one more instance of his longstanding concern with youth crime prevention and rehabilitation of youthful offenders.
And who’s to say that’s not the case?
McCain and his people would be smart to say very little about this “latest.”
What do you think?
The announcement's here.