Where Are They Now?

Anyone remember that long-gone year of 2008?  It was this time last year that the American people were subject to daily dissertations from the news media on two figures that most had never been introduced to. 

And I’m not talking about Joe The Plumber or Sarah Palin.  Thankfully, it would be months yet before we would meet either of them.

No, of course I am referring to the “shadowy” figures that were rumored to have shaped the ideology of then-Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama and brought into the limelight by accusations of anti-Americanism, among other right-wing imaginings.

There will be political pawns in every major election – the media drives it and the public demands it.  Personally, I never got caught up in the hysteria over Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. or Dr. William Ayers

It just seemed to me that, while both had “radical” tendencies (and interpret that any way you like), it was a stretch to believe that their potential influence on the Obama administration and the United States of America would be any more than trivial, at best. 

So, in Obama’s inevitable race to victory, both Wright and Ayers were unwillingly targeted in the absence of any real ability of Obama’s detractors to pierce his armor. 

Easy to view it this way in history’s rearview mirror, I guess, but I’m not at all surprised that interest in both Wright and Ayers has receded to just a blip on the radar.

Even with that knowledge, though, I was more than a little surprised at the lack of attention to the news that Wright and Ayers headlined a Mideast peace rally today in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. 

The Chicago Tribune was there to document the event, sponsored by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, but it appears that the national media had no interest.  A crowd of more than 400 filled the First United Church of Oak Park for remarks by Wright and Ayers, along with a Jewish activist and an Arab attorney.

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Amazing that this event can cause barely a murmur six months after these two were centrally involved in the “Presidential election to end all elections” (at least until the next one). 

I guess I’ll take it as a positive that the cacophony is over and everyone has moved on. Well, that and the apocalypse that was predicted by some is nowhere in site. 

I’m probably naive to think that participation with an organization committed to something as seemingly noble as to “advance the cause of peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis” would bring some attention but I guess today’s events just weren’t juicy enough for the 24-hour “news” channels.

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~ by acm213 on May 17, 2009.

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