These two friends of Obama are equally reprehensible in Obama's eyes.
During the recent Democratic debate that got certain loyalists so pissed Senator Barack Obama in attempting to deflect criticism about his relationship with domestic terrorist William Ayers compared that relationship with the one he has with Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Few people dug into the absurdity of such a comparison.
At the Democratic debate in Philadelphia Wednesday Obama defended his relationship with Ayers and then compared it to his friendship with Coburn.
"The fact is that I'm also friendly with Tom Coburn, one of the most conservative Republicans in the United States Senate, who during his campaign once said that it might be appropriate to apply the death penalty to those who carried out abortions," Obama said. "Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn's statements? Because I certainly don't agree with those either."
Please note - it was Mr. Obama who brought up the name "Tom Coburn" out of the blue as a reference to another "unsavory guy" who's views that he doesn't agree with.
Perhaps Mr. Obama should learn more about his friends.
Senator Tom Coburn's Biography:
Coburn was born in Casper, Wyoming to Anita Joy Allen and Orin Wesley Coburn, and graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Oklahoma State University. In 1968, he married Carolyn Denton; their three daughters are Callie, Katie, and Sarah. After recovering from a case of malignant melanoma Coburn pursued a medical doctorate and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1983. He then opened a medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and served as a deacon in a Southern Baptist Church. Coburn is one of only two licensed doctors currently serving in the US Senate. During his career in obstetrics, he has treated over 15,000 patients and delivered 4,000 babies and was subject to one malpractice lawsuit
In a statement on his Web site yesterday, Coburn (R) confirmed that he is holding up the bill. In the statement, he blames Carson for using “junk science” to turn public opinion against chemicals, including DDT, that could prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes.
William Ayers bio
According to his memoir, Ayers became radicalized at the University of Michigan where he became involved in the New Left and the Students for a Democratic Society. Ayers joined the Weatherman group in 1969, but went underground with several associates after the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970, in which three members (Ted Gold, Terry Robbins, and Diana Oughton, who was Ayers's girlfriend at the time) were killed while constructing a nail bomb. While underground, he and fellow member Bernardine Dohrn married and had two children. They were purged from the group in the mid-1970s, and turned themselves in to the authorities in 1981. All charges against him were dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct during the long search for the fugitives. They later became legal guardians to the son of former Weathermen David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, after his parents were arrested for their part in the Brinks Robbery of 1981.
In 2001, Ayers published Fugitive Days: A Memoir. Much of the controversy about him is connected with his interview with the New York Times about his book was published, by historical coincidence, on September 11, 2001, and opens with his statements, "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." When asked if he would "do it all again," Ayers replied, "I don't want to discount the possibility.
The Obama-Coburn "friendship"
Obama and Sen. Tom Coburn,a conservative Republican from Oklahoma, reached an agreement with House Republican leaders to require that all federal contracts be logged into a public database. The two senators believe that disclosure will help prevent the waste of taxpayer dollars. "This bill is a small but significant step toward changing the culture in Washington," Coburn said.
The Obama-Coburn friendship grew out of a freshman orientation program for senators designed by three former governors and a former state attorney general now serving in the chamber.