Archive for ‘Bill Ayers’

October 9, 2008

Team Maverick ad: ‘Ayers’

Documentation from McCain campaign:

  • Barack Obama’s Relationship With Ayers “Went Much Deeper, Ran Much Longer And Was Much More Political Than Obama Said.” CNN’S DREW GRIFFIN: “Barack Obama confirmed during a primary debate that he knew Ayers and when pressed, said they served on a charitable foundation board together. And Obama condemned Ayers support of violence. But the relationship between Obama and Ayers went much deeper, ran much longer, and was much more political than Obama said.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 10/6/08)
  • Barack Obama First Met William Ayers In 1995 During His First State Senate Campaign, When Obama Held Event At Home Of Ayers And Wife Bernardine Dohrn, Which One Attendee Said Was Aimed At “Launching Him” In First Campaign For State Senate. “In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they’re better known nationally as two of the most notorious — and unrepentant — figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement. … ‘I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress,’ said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and advocate for single-payer health care, of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn. ‘[Palmer] identified [Obama] as her successor.’ … Dr. Young and another guest, Maria Warren, described it similarly: as an introduction to Hyde Park liberals of the handpicked successor to Palmer, a well-regarded figure on the left. ‘When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the living room of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn,’ Warren wrote on her blog in 2005. ‘They were launching him — introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.'” (Ben Smith, “Obama Once Visited ’60s Radicals,” The Politico, 1/22/08)
  • CNN: The Meeting Was Widely Considered As “Barack Obama’s Political Coming Out Party And It Was Hosted By Bill Ayers.” CNN’S DREW GRIFFIN: “Anderson, this meeting at Bill Ayers home has been classified in many different ways. What I can tell you from the two people who were actually there, is number one, former Senator Alice Palmer says she, in no way organized this meeting and she was invited and attended it briefly. And Doctor Quentin Young, a retired doctor, told us this indeed was Barack Obama’s political coming out party and it was hosted by Bill Ayers.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 10/6/08)
  • Barack Obama Led Education Foundation That “Poured More Than $100 Million Into The Hands Of Community Organizers And Radical Education Activists” And “Translated Mr. Ayers’s Radicalism Into Practice.” “Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists. … The CAC’s agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers’s educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland’s ghetto. … CAC translated Mr . Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with ‘external partners,’ which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or Acorn).” (Stanley Kurtz, Op-Ed, “Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/23/08)
  • From March Of 1995 Until September Of 1997, Barack Obama And Ayers Attended At Least Seven Meetings Together Relating To The Chicago Annenberg Challenge. (Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Board Of Directors Meeting, Minutes Of The Board, 3/15/95, 3/31/95, 4/13/95, 6/5/95, 9/30/97; National Annenberg Challenge Evaluation Meeting, List Of Participants, 5/24/95; Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Chicago School Reform Collaborative Meeting, Minutes, 10/23/96)
  • CNN: The Paths Of Barack Obama And Ayers “Repeatedly Crossed” At The Annenberg Challenge. CNN’S DREW GRIFFIN: “One place their paths repeatedly crossed, according to a CNN review of board minutes and other records, was Chicago’s Annenberg Challenge project where a $50 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation matched locally raised funds to improve schools. According to participants and project records, Bill Ayers fought to bring the Annenberg grant to Chicago, Barack Obama was recruited as its chair. For seven years, Bill Ayers and Obama among many others, worked on funding for education projects, including some experiments supported by Ayers.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 10/6/08)
  • Barack Obama “Served On The Board’s Governance Committee With Mr. Obama, And Worked With Him To Craft CAC Bylaws.” “The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC’s first year. He also served on the board’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.” (Stanley Kurtz, Op-Ed, “Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/23/08)
  • Bill Ayers Was Asked To Help Barack Obama Formulate The Chicago Annenberg Challenge By-Laws. (Chicago Annenberg Challenge Board Of Directors Minutes, 3/15/95)
    Barack Obama “Was The First Chairman Of The Chicago Annenberg Challenge.” “In the 1990s, Ayers was instrumental in starting the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was awarded nearly $50 million by a foundation to help reform Chicago schools. Obama was the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and Republicans have been highlighting his ties to Ayers through the group.” (Pete Yost, “University Won’t Open Obama-Related Records Now,” The Associated Press, 8/19/08)
  • Chicago Annenberg Challenge: “Distributed More Than $100 Million To Ideological Allies With No Discernible Improvement In Public Education.” “With Ayers directing the project’s operational arm and Obama overseeing its financial affairs until 1999, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge distributed more than $100 million to ideological allies with no discernible improvement in public education.” (Editorial, “Obama’s Friend, America’s Enemy,” National Review, 8/27/08)
  • Barack Obama On Ayers At Democratic Debate: “This Is A Guy Who Lives In My Neighborhood.” “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” (Sen. Barack Obama, ABC Democratic Presidential Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 4/16/08)
  • Bill Ayers Was A Leader Of “The Violent Left-Wing Activist Group The Weather Underground.” “Senator Obama’s ties to a former leader of the violent left-wing activist group the Weather Underground are drawing new scrutiny as he battles Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.” (Russell Berman, “Obama’s Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny,” The New York Sun, 2/19/08)
  • Bill Ayers’ Wife, Weather Underground Leader Bernardine Dohrn, Appeared On FBI’s “Most Wanted” List. “Bernardine Dohrn, the former leader of the militant Weather Underground who turned herself in after 11 years on the run, says she looks forward to spending time with family and friends and intends to continue a rebellion against ‘the system.’ … ‘I remain committed to the struggle ahead,’ Ms. Dohrn told reporters Wednesday after a court appearance. ‘Given the system which perpetuates … harsh oppression and suffering, rebellion is inevitable and continuous.’ Ms. Dohrn, 38, pleaded innocent to nine charges — seven stemming from the 1969 ‘Days of Rage’ anti-war demonstration in Chicago and two more for jumping bail. She was released on $25,000 bond and a hearing was set for Jan. 13. Ms. Dohrn, who once appeared on the FBI’s most-wanted list, arrived in court with a lawyer and William Ayers, another ex-radical who said h e lived with Ms. Dohrn in New York and is the father of her two children.” (James Litke, “Fugitive Leader Surrenders With No Regrets,” The Associated Press, 12/4/80)
  • In The 1970s, Weather Underground Bombed The Capitol And The Pentagon. “As an Illinois state senator in 2001, Mr. Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the 1970s.” (Russell Berman, “Obama’s Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny,” The New York Sun, 2/19/08)
  • New York State Supreme Court Justice’s House Was Bombed By Weather Underground. “In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, we’d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blasts and, with the remains of a snowman I had built a few days earlier, managed to douse the flames beneath the car. That was an act whose courage I fully appreciated only as an adult, an act that doubtless saved multiple lives that night. … Though no one was ever caught or tried for the attempt on my family’s life , there was never any doubt who was behind it. Only a few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. The same cell had bombed my house, writes Ron Jacobs in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. And in late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings.” (John M. Murtagh, “Fire In The Night,” City Journal, 4/30/08)
  • In His Book, Bill Ayers Writes About Participating In The Bombings Of The Capitol And Pentagon. “Now he has written a book, ‘Fugitive Days’ (Beacon Press, September). Mr. Ayers, who is 56, calls it a memoir, somewhat coyly perhaps, since he also says some of it is fiction. He writes that he participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, the Pentagon in 1972.” (Dinitia Smith, “No Regrets For A Love Of Explosives,” The New York Times, 9/11/01)
  • In The September 11, 2001 New York Times, Ayers Was Quoted Saying “I Don’t Regret Setting Bombs … I Feel We Didn’t Do Enough.” “‘I don’t regret setting bombs,’ Bill Ayers said. ‘I feel we didn’t do enough.’ Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970’s as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago.” (Dinitia Smith, “No Regrets For A Love Of Explosives,” The New York Times, 9/11/01)
October 8, 2008

Ayers: A Republican scandal?

Silly season is underway:

Barack Obama’s campaign is citing the University of South Carolina’s speaking invitations to William Ayers and Republican Gov. Mark Sanford’s role as school trustee to counter GOP efforts to link the presidential candidate to the 1960s radical. . . .
In an e-mail to reporters, the Obama campaign said Ayers is a “distinguished scholar” at the University of South Carolina, where Sanford serves as the ex-officio trustee while governor.
“By Governor Palin’s standards, that means Governor Sanford shares Ayers’ views,” the e-mail read.
Sanford rejected the argument.
“This is a totally bogus story. I’ve never even heard of the guy” until this weekend, Sanford said Tuesday. “This is a guy I don’t know, I’ve never met.”

Team Obama’s insistence on responding quickly to every accusation, lest their guy be “swift-boated,” is beginning to look like thin-skinned defensiveness. Which means the GOP should be making more accusations.

October 5, 2008

NYT on Ayers-Obama connection

UPDATED & BUMPED: Whitewash, says Stanley Kurtz:

The piece serves as a platform for the Obama campaign and Obama’s friends and allies. Obama’s spokesman and supporters’ names are named and their versions of events are presented in detail, with quotes. Yet the article makes no serious attempt to present the views of Obama critics who have worked to uncover the true nature of the relationship. That makes this piece irresponsible journalism, and an obvious effort by the former paper of record to protect Obama from the coming McCain onslaught.

Read the whole thing.

PREVIOUSLY: They dump it on a Saturday, and bury it under a lot of ultra-boring oatmeal, but at least it’s there:

The Ayers-Obama connection first came to public attention last spring, when both Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Obama’s Democratic primary rival, and Mr. McCain brought it up. It became the subject of a television advertisement in August by the anti-Obama American Issues Project and drew new attention recently on The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and elsewhere as the archives of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge at the University of Illinois were opened to researchers.
That project was part of a national school reform effort financed with $500 million from Walter H. Annenberg, the billionaire publisher and philanthropist and President Richard M. Nixon’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Many cities applied for the Annenberg money, and Mr. Ayers joined two other local education activists to lead a broad, citywide effort that won nearly $50 million for Chicago.

The content of the story, and its purpose, can be summed up: “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

UPDATE: VodkaPundit and Tom Maguire have more analysis. Based on my own newsroom experiences, I’d say this story got edited and rewritten several times on its way to publication. There is an editor or editors at the New York Times who made sure that anything in this story that might have reflected negatively on Obama was qualified or counterbalanced.

I’m betting that the reporter on the story spent a lot of time arguing with his bosses about this, and is unhappy with the way it was rewritten. Not only that, but I’ll bet the story was “held” at least two days in the process. There is nothing time-sensitive in the story, and I’m guessing the reporter had it ready Monday or Tuesday, spent a day or two hassling with his editors over rewrites, and then the story was purposefully delayed so that it would publish on a Saturday — historically, the lowest circulation day in the newspaper business.

But never mind — the whole point of the story is to give the NY Times a fig leaf, so they can’t be accused of ignoring the Obama-Ayers connection. It’s a token gesture of “fairness.”

August 21, 2008

Ads hits Obama-Ayers connection

Allah asks:

Was this one set to roll today all along or was it in the chamber and ready to fire in case Obama tried a guilt-by-association ploy of his own first? Either way, acidic stuff.

Devastating, because it’s inarguably true. From page 2 of Donkey Cons:

The Weather Underground claimed credit for a dozen bombings from San Francisco to New York. In 1971, they bombed the U.S. Capitol. A year later, they bombed the Pentagon. In December 1980, after living for years as fugitives, [Bernardine] Dohrn and Ayers surrendered to the FBI. They were briefly jailed, but all charges against them were eventually dropped, prompting Ayers to brag later: “Guilty as hell. Free as a bird.”

Former terrorists Dorhn and Ayers helped sponsor Obama’s entry into politics, and he can’t deny it.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin:

No library gatekeepers can keep the lid on the truth forever. It’s out there

Ace of Spades:

Obama says the ad is “despicable.”
You know what’s despicable, Barack? Befriending an unrepentant terrorist who still supports violent terrorist bombing against your country, Barack.

You have to scroll down through a lot of mocking humor to get to the serious part, but both the humor and the serious stuff are good.

August 20, 2008

The Annenberg Challenge records

Dan Riehl examines the “curious, if not Clintoneseque” refusal of the University of Illinois library to allow access to archives of the Annenberg Challenge foundation, nexus of the connection between Barack Obama and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

Dan’s got screencaps of online records of the archives, and keeps digging, following up on Stanley Kurtz’s original “access denied” report.

UPDATE: Associated Press notices.

August 18, 2008

Cover-up? In Chicago?

You don’t say! One of the most corrupt cities on the planet, so crooked that even the public librarians are in cahoots with Daley’s Democratic Party machine.

So Stanley Kurtz’s effort to examine the records of the Annenberg Challenge Foundation — chief nexus of the connection between Barack Obama and Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn — is currently blocked.