Mute Rashid Khalidi suddenly found his voice; But first: a trip down memory lane.

Do you remember when Bill Ayers simply would not talk to reporters? You couldn’t pry a grunt out of the guy.

At one point, he was confronted by cameras and an ABC reporter, but nope. He said nothing. He just smirked in his infantile “This is ridiculous” T-shirt. I covered this in a piece entitled, Cowardly Old Radical Runs From ABC.  Do click on that link because you will see the first frame of a video of that confrontation, when Ayers remained mute throughout the entire course of ABC’s questioning–which included the question, “Sir what are you hiding?”.  As you can see, there was a video, but now if you click on it, Youtube will tell you it has been removed. Gee, there’s another surprise.

But nevermind.

Now, of course, nobody can shut Bill Ayers up. For a self-proclaimed “anarchist” and Marxist who hates capitalism, he sure is……..um…….capitalizing on it. Book releases, interviews, you name it.  Bill Ayers is everywhere like manure at a pig farm.

Now let’s talk about another guy who refused to talk to the Press regarding his actual relationship with Barack Obama.

Rashid Khalidi.

In fact, here’s a video of him from this piece I wrote back in October, entitled  Cowardly PLO Guy Runs From Camera, where former PLO media guy Khalidi demanded to have the press removed from his air space. The video embedded in that piece is still standing. At least right now…..

You see, Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi have one huge thing in common. Neither of them would talk to the press before the election. And now, neither of them will shut up. And funny how what they have to say really is no surprise to anybody who was paying attention.

Here is RBO’s piece on what Rashid Khalidi is up to now–now that he has found his post November 4 voice.

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1-1-1-a-temp13What do Obama’s “guy” from the neighborhood, unrepentant Communist terrorist Billy Ayers, Obama’s hate-filled pastor of 20+ years and black separatist Rev. Jeremiah “God-Damn-AmeriKKKa” Wright, and Obama’s Palestinian pal Rashid Khalidi all have in common? It seems, just like the horror film character Chucky (”one of the most notorious killers in history and something he is extremely proud of”), they all have a “talent to manipulate people” — and they Just. Keep. Coming. Back.

From SusanUnPC at No Quarter we learnthat Khalidi made an unexpected appearanceas one of three guests on Charlie Rose’s January 15th “An Update on Gaza”. Check out NQ’s posts on Khalidi. You can watch the show here:


more about “Obama’s Palestinian pal, Rashid Khali…”, posted with vodpod

After watching Khalidi’s performance, gabriel2001 summed up Khalidi’s input quite succinctly on Rose’s website:

Khalidi is outraged about Israel defending itself from Hammas rockets. Why isn’t he as outraged about Hamas taking over Gaza and turning it into a de facto military base and using it’s civilians as a shield for their agression? 

RBO has a few Khalidi posts of its own, beginning with the October 4, 2008, repost of our original February 11, 2008, article. You will find a great roundup of pre-election Khalidi info here and you can read more RBO articles on Khalidi here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

RBO: Who sent Billy Ayers–to the New York Times?

Another segment in the Bill Ayers Series entitled, “I Get To Pimp Myself  And My Fictional  Non-Fiction Book  A Lot By Pretending I Am Victim”.

Bill Ayers is and always was a publicity whore and a miserable Amerca-hating terrorist. The only person I can think of who trumped him was Berardine Dohrn. A match made in……

It’s really unfortunate for both of them that there are so many people still here who remember what they really were–enough to know what a lying  Communist blowass he really  is right now. Truly, all I can think of when he tells his story is: 

And the knife ran away with the spoon“.

Does anybody remember that interview with him when he was standing in line to vote? When he said that an anticipated Obama victory was  an “Achingly exciting moment“? He was counting his dollar signs at that very moment. A despicably shameless man who isn’t even ashamed to capitalize on his own horrible reflection. Funny, for a guy who hates Capitalism, he sure is capitalizing on it.

Only the New York Times would eat this kind of shit up. But that’s only  because they can’t interview Karl Marx.

The following is an RBO Cross Post, and my feelings exactly:

Who sent Billy Ayers — to the New York Times?

December 6, 2008 by Procrustes

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It has reached the point that it pains us here at RBO to give unrepentant Communist terrorist Billy Ayers another smidge of our blog space, so we’re going to make this short and to the point.

If you are someone who wants the world to forget all the dastardly things that you did decades ago, why won’t you just shut your mouth and simply let it all fade away?

If you want the world to forget, why keep reminding it? Who sent Billy Ayers to distance himself from President-Select Obama while grabbing another 15 minutes of center stage attention in a December 5, 2008, New York Times op-ed?  This sort of thing doesn’t happen by accident, or at least for most people.

Additionally, if you want everyone to believe you, why keep telling the same old disproven lies over and over again?

Now that the election is over, I want to say as plainly as I can that the character invented to serve this drama wasn’t me, not even close. Here are the facts:

I never killed or injured anyone. I did join the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, and later resisted the draft and was arrested in nonviolent demonstrations. I became a full-time antiwar organizer for Students for a Democratic Society. In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village. The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices — the ones at the Pentagon and the United States Capitol were the most notorious — as an illegal and unpopular war consumed the nation.

The Weather Underground crossed lines of legality, of propriety and perhaps even of common sense. Our effectiveness can be — and still is being — debated. We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war.

Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.

Biggest lies?

President-elect Obama and I sat on a board together; we lived in the same diverse and close-knit community; we sometimes passed in the bookstore. We didn’t pal around, and I had nothing to do with his positions.

Lie #1: That would be boards — plural — Woods Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Lie #2: Sometimes “passed in the bookstore”? Doesn’t even pass the smell test.

Lie #3: Had “nothing to do with his positions”. See Lie #1.

Sorry, Billy. This is the last time RBO is going to bother with your nonsense. Maybe the New Obama Times suckered for your claptrap again. Did they know that you’re blaming the media for your “unwanted” exposure? The whining  is over the top, Bill.

Besides, RBO and our readers are smarter than that. Much.

You see, we get it. You’re pimping yourself — and Obama — again to sell books. It’s right there at the bottom of the op-ed: “William Ayers … is the author of ‘Fugitive Days’ and a co-author of the forthcoming ‘Race Course’.”

This is the domestic terrorist’s version of  Br’er Rabbit and the tar baby. Sorry, ’bout that, Bill. We already know that tale all too well.

P.S. If you really think you need to read more, there’s plenty right here in the Ayers and Dohrn Resource List . In particular see Ayers: I don’t regreat setting bombs. Blows up that lie, as well.

RBO: Bill & Bernie, still radical after all these years

Cross post from RBO. Does anything this America-hating, bomb wielding Communist and his “Declaration of State of War” wife have to say really surprise you?

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A big RBO hat’s off to Tim Graham at NewsBusters for having the courage to listen to every word unrepentant Communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn said November 24, 2008, during part two of their Democracy Now! interview. RBO posted video links here.

Graham writes (with his emphasis):

Anyone who doesn’t think Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn are currently radical should pay attention … Listen to Dohrn wail about all the disasters the U.S. military is allegedly causing, and how we need to get “off the necks and the backs” of the world: 

Here’s Bill and Bernie:

That’s a remarkable opportunity, because we have to do a lot more listening and a lot more talking to deal with, really, the future of the planet, massive starvation, the destruction of water and rivers and oceans, and the relationship of all that to war and armament. I don’t see how we can move forward out of this economic crisis without massive demilitarizing of the U.S. empire machine

BILL AYERS: And, and…

BERNARDINE DOHRN: I think that’s what we have to do, but how do we have that? I don’t have any formula for how we do that. I want to talk to everybody about how key that question is of how much money and resources and off the budget, you know, budgeting of our tax dollars goes into that unaccountable, highly privatized war machine of domination and mayhem. When we have so many fundamental human needs here and around the world. And what?

Graham also points to the end of the interview, where Dohrn “added that it’s the radical Marxists who are somehow the pro-lifers”:

I want to say one last thing. The best of the new Left and the best of the social struggles of today have at their core the valuing of human life. All human life. You have to say both parts of that because people in the United States have to find our place in the world. And in some ways get off the necks and the backs of people of the world. We have to live differently. We have to live, and I say this with all humility too, you know. We have to all together learn to live differently so that others may live. So that core notion that animates social justice movements is really the valuing of all human life. 

However, the phrase that jumps out in this paragraph for us, besides having to get off the necks and backs of people in the world — meaning? — of course, is in the last sentence: “the core notion that animates social justice movements is really the valuing of all human life.”

Because words are so important, let’s analyze this a bit.

“Core” is fairly easy. It’s the inner heart, the center of something. The word “notion” is less precise, while you can be sure it doesn’t refer to sewing notions — needles, thread, ribbon, etc..

The dictionary gives us several choices:

1. general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something: a notion of how something should be done.
2. an opinion, view, or belief: That’s his notion, not mine.
3. conception or idea: his notion of democracy.
4. a fanciful or foolish idea; whim

There’s nothing here indicating that the “core notion” is exact or even firmly set. In fact, you could say there’s not much to this “notion” at all.

Now we turn to the somewhat reliable Wikipedia, where we find (emphasis added) a definition for “social justice”:

Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, refers to the concept of a society in which justice is achieved in every aspect of society, rather than merely the administration of law. It is generally thought of as a world which affords individuals and groups fair treatment and an impartial share of the benefits of society

In Bill & Bernie World “social justice” apparently means bomb! bomb! bomb! — but only for the ones who are doing the bombing. As long as it is them doing the bombing, it’s okay!

But, regular RBO readers won’t have to scratch their heads for long to recall where else we’ve heard this before. How about black liberation theology, Rev. Jeremiah “God-Damn-AmeriKKKa” Wright, Michael Pfleger, James Meeks, Otis Moss III, Louis Farrakhan, Conrad Worrill, John Conyers, and reparations and white folks “you owe us”.

Who could ever forget Joe the Plumber and Obama’s redistribution of the wealth slip of the tongue?

Then there’s ACORN! You all remember the ACORN connection, don’t you. Located right at the top of its “ACORN History” page is the section entitled ACORN: Roots of a Social Justice Movement (1970-75).

In fact, pick an organization or group with whom Obama has been connected and you’ll find that phrase employed there somewhere.

Obama bundler and Hugo Chavez’s BFF Jodie Evans and CODEPINK? Its “About Us” page starts out with

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.

Do we detect “redistribution of the wealth” here? Doesn’t “redirect our resources” sound slightly familiar, as well?

Even more befuddling is Bernie’s statement that this amorphous “core notion” is the “valuing of all human life.” Graham put this in the context of Bill and Bernie being pro-life Marxists. Falling from the lips of an unrepentant decades-long Communist who once led and taught others how to kill innocent people by making and planting bombs it is beyond ludicrous.

Would RBO have the time, or the inclination, we suspect that close examination of Bill and Bernie’s talk is just a whole lot of that. They’ve been doing it so long they don’t even grasp the absurdity of their own words. If this is any example of what they teach in the classroom, it raises scary thoughts.

It’s also important to point out that this sounds quite similar to Obamaspeak — “hope” — “change” — “this is what we’ve got to do” — “we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.” It’s lots of rousing rally rhetoric with ambiguous meaning behind it. You can take away from it all whatever meaning you wish.

Graham ended his NewsBusters piece with the question “Do these people sound like Barack Obama’s ideal supporters? Even at his career’s beginning?”

Evidence supports an affirmative response. Obama sounds very much like them. Just look at the evidence: Was Bernardine Dohrn not a student organizer for the National Lawyers Guild at the same time she was organizing Students for a Democratic Society on college campuses in the late 1960s? Was it not Bernardine Dohrn who led Weather in its split from SDS? Was it not Bernardine Dohrn who is vividly portrayed in the August 1976 declassified FBI report on Weather’s foreign contacts?

It’s organizer speak. Obama, Ayers and Dohrn speak the same language.

Add to that “community organizer” Obama has surrounded himself with many people of the same stripe from the 1980s onward. Birds of a feather, as they say.

 

Uppity Note: Say Bernie, how does this getting “Off the necks and backs of people of the world”  who “live differently” fit in with this?????

Just asking.

Bill Ayers thinks we should abolish prisons

I found this video at NoBama’s place.

So what does Bill Ayers think of prisons? Why he thinks we should “abolish them”–which is kind of ironic, considering I think he should be in one of them himself.

According to Bill, he only dedicated his “manifesto” to Sirhan Sirhan because he really thinks that prisons shouldn’t exist and Sirhan was in prison. It’s too bad we didn’t just let Sirhan Sirhan move next door to Bill instead.

Yup, Bill thinks we should abolish prisons. That’s great, don’t you agree? Maybe we could send guys like BTK killer Dennis Rader to live over at Bill’s house and Bernardine can make him tea. Maybe we should just turn all pedophiles, sociopaths, serial killers, drug dealers and rapists loose and let them live in Hyde Park next door to him.

Here he is, signing his reprinted book with a flourish. The one that doesn’t mention that his three friends who filled their sorry assess full of nails were making that bomb for a dance at Fort Dix–designed to shoot nails into innocent people. The only reason a whole lot of people didn’t die was because his fellow nutbags were inept and killed themselves instead. But Bill swears he never hurt anyone. I guess the dead cops from the Brinks robbery weren’t really dead. That young Murtagh just imagined that they bombed his home when he was nine. That Detective Ragonese didn’t really get blown into the stairwell. That Elrod guy wasn’t really paralyzed.

As you watch this video, you will have to put up with his infantile earring, the silly man who wants to pretend he doesn’t look old and rickety. There is nothing more gross than an old hippy radical stuck in the 60s.

RBO: About that Ayers interview on GMA

Because I remember so well, it just wakes me want to spew that we even give air time to this sociopath. Mr. “I never hurt anybody”. Funny, for a beast who hates capitalism, he sure is capitalizing it….

All I can say is, if you can swing it, get your kids out of public schools, because Billy is a’comin’ for the little comrades. Just as with Barack Obama, the Play is the Thing.

 Cross-posted from RBO. Hope you haven’t just eaten.

About that Ayers interview on GMA

Hannity & Colmes and a panel including Stanley Kurtz, John Murtagh, and Larry Grathwohl discuss the November 14, 2008, Bill Ayers’ interview with Chris Cuomo on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Part 1: Breaking His Silence

Part 2: Truthful Defense?

Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck discuss the interview here:

And here’s the whole GMA interview (m1media):

Bill O’Reilly: Larry Grathwohl interview, October 29, 2008:

 

RBO: “’60s radicals suddenly tumbling out of the woodwork”

Cross posted from RBO. Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn wouldn’t say a word to reporters about their relationship to Barack Obama during the campaign. Absolute silence ensued when they were approached. As predicted, suddenly, they have found their voice–and no doubt revived their plans.  Blast From The Past Tom Hayden is suddenly rearing his head as well.

Only this time, their backs are a bit sore from age, so they have younger suckers to be molded into doing their bidding for them. And as you can see from this piece, they fully intend to utilize them.

And of course, Reverend Goddamn AmerkiKKA is making his visible comeback as well…..

It’s also not surprising that the NY Times would be stoking this fire. I always said that the only reason they endorsed Barack Obama was that Karl Marx wasn’t available.

Welcome back to the ’60s, compliments of Barack Obama and his domestic terrorist friends. I hope you have protection and I’m not talking birth control here. These are people who have made it clear in the past that they despise Democracy, capitalism and America–although they all certainly seem to have no problem capitalizing on capitalism…..

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’60s radicals suddenly tumbling out of the woodwork

Moderator Joshua Marshall, Jamal Joseph, Bernardine Dohrn, Tom Hayden and David Fenton. Photo by Chang W. Lee, New York Times
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A running prediction has been that as soon as the presidential election was over Barack Obama’s ultra leftwing supporters would be front and center on panels, writing articles, speaking, etc.

Already we’ve had unrepentant Communist terrorist Billy Ayers’ whiney-assed missive published November 7, 2008, at leftie In These Times and reposted elsewhere. See RBO’s Time to shut up now, Bill.

Then we had Obama’s spiritual mentor and pastor of 20+ years, Rev. Jeremiah “God-Damn-AmeriKKKa” Wright, as keynote speaker for the FMO State of the Black Union at Chicago’s Northwestern University, with Billy Ayers in the audience. See RBO’s Wright speaks, Ayers listens.

Now we have the New York Times’ Manny Fernandez’s November 9, 2008, article 1960s Radicals Predict Rebirth of Social Activism, reporting on a meeting of “three former political radicals” at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea — Tom Hayden, founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and a member of the Chicago Seven, “tried on charges of conspiring to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention in 1968″; Weather leader Bernardine Dohrn, unrepentant Communist terrorist and wife of Billy Ayers; and Jamal Joseph, who as a young Black Panther in Harlem “went to prison in the ’80s for harboring a fugitive” — to “discuss the 1960s and the impact of an Obama presidency on the American political left.”

The moderator was Joshua Micah Marshall, editor and publisher of the leftie political blog Talking Points Memo, which provided a platform for vicious Lobotobots.

The discussion on Saturday was organized to promote an exhibition of photographs by David Fenton, who chronicled street protests and the lives of counterculture figures in the late 1960s and early ’70s. The exhibition, which runs until Nov. 26 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, features more than 75 photographs of Columbia University protests, Central Park be-ins and Black Panther demonstrations. Mr. Fenton went on to become chief executive of Fenton Communications, which represents the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org.

Mr. Fenton, who also sat on the panel, said he had not seen Ms. Dohrn since he photographed the Days of Rage protests in Chicago in 1969.

Fernandez provided the singular quote that even remotely justifies his article’s title:

Hayden said “young Obama supporters ‘will determine the role of social activism for the next 30 years’ and will be inspired by Mr. Obama to pursue community organizing work instead of Wall Street jobs. ‘A community organizer has been elected president of the United States…’”

Nothing like a trio of aging gray-haired terrorists to tell us what Obama’s young supporters might do. But then, when you think about it, they have been engaged for a few decades programming and indoctrinating those young’ns.

NQ: Ayers and Obama in regular contact says source close to Obama candidacy

Cross Posted from No Quarter:

 

Ayers and Obama in regular contact says source close to Obama candidacy

Steve Diamond of Global Labor and Politics blog is a professor of law and teaches courses in global capital markets, business law, international human rights and labor law. Full profile || Read his other NoQ posts, including “The Biden ‘Gaffe’: A ‘race’ for the soul of the next President?.”

The relationship between the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, the founder and leader of the now defunct terrorist organization Weather Underground, is deeper and closer than currently understood, according to an individual who has had a senior role in the Obama candidacy. Ayers has had direct contact with the candidate.

The Weather Underground was responsible for a series of bombings during the 1970s that caused extensive property damage. [Only two bomb’s failures (at the front of the home and under the gas tank of the family car) kept an entire family from dying as they slept, reports John Murtagh, then the 9-year-old son of the judge whose family WU wanted to kill. - Ed.] Three of the Underground’s own members died when a bomb exploded accidentally in a New York town house in 1970. Among the dead was Ayers’ girl friend at the time, Diana Oughton.

The source has stated that Obama and Ayers have a direct personal relationship that extends back to the 1980s and that there are now close ties between both Michelle and Barack Obama and Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also a former leader of the Weather Underground. Global Labor believes the source to be highly credible but has not been able to confirm independently the comments made by the source.

The source has said that either Obama himself or his wife Michelle communicate with Ayers or Dohrn on a regular basis, up to “several times a week,” including discussions about the “vetting” of potential advisors to the campaign as well as potential appointments to staff positions in the new administration should Obama win the presidential race.

The source continues to support the Obama candidacy but has expressed serious concern about the influence of what is known in the campaign as the “Ayers camp” on the candidate.

The Obama campaign itself has officially denied the existence of a close relationship between Ayers and Obama and continues to quote on its website mainstream media sources that contend that connections between the two are “tenuous.” While Obama himself attempted to minimize the relationship he has never denied that it existed and, in fact, hinted during a debate with Hilary Clinton that he had had dinner with Ayers at some point. Ayers himself has refused to talk to the media about his relationship with Obama.

Annenberg Challenge appointment a “culmination” of Ayers ties

Global Labor has reported that Ayers was responsible for the selection of Obama as Chairman of the $150 million Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school reform effort that Ayers helped found and lead from 1994 to 2002. While that conclusion has been challenged by, among others, spokespersons for the Obama campaign and The New York Times, this source called the appointment of Obama to the Annenberg post the “culmination” of the relationship between Ayers and Obama at that point in time.

The same source has said that senior campaign staff including David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager, spoke directly with Ayers about preventing access by independent investigators to records of the Challenge. The source was in touch with an individual with first hand knowledge of the conversations that took place between Axelrod and Ayers but that individual was apparently reluctant to speak publicly. 
Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus where the records are housed and where the Annenberg Challenge had its offices when it was first established by Ayers, among others, in 1995. 

When a conservative intellectual and writer, Stanley Kurtz, of the National Review, attempted to access the records earlier this year he was denied access for several weeks. Emails released by the University confirmed that the former Executive Director of the Challenge, Ken Rolling, who has had a long time relationship with Ayers and Obama in the Chicago education reform environment, was in touch with senior University officials during that period.

A reporter for the Chicago Tribune told Global Labor that Rolling contacted the University on the very same day that Kurtz did. Kurtz was then denied access to the University’s records the next day. When the Challenge donated its records to the University in 2002 they were supposed to be made available for research to the public.

Global Labor was later told by an independent source outside the Obama campaign that two individuals attending the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Denver this past summer heard long time Ayers’ colleague, Tom Hayden, “brag” that Ayers and Axelrod “would take care of the Annenberg issue.”

Hayden was a founder of the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, which for several years was among the most important groups in the 1960s anti-war movement. A putsch led by Ayers and Dohrn, among others, however, steered SDS towards the violent tactics of the Weather Underground. Hayden is now active in a group called “Progressives for Obama” that includes many former SDS activists including some who were vigorous opponents of Ayers and Dohrn in the 1970s.

The Weather Underground

The Weather Underground had a destructive impact on the effort of tens of thousands of Americans to end the Vietnam War. A manifesto titled Prairie Fire issued by Ayers and Dohrn at the time outlined their neo-stalinist worldview and included a dedication to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy, whom they called a “political prisoner.” A recent re-issue of the manifesto by Ayers and Dohrn edited out the reference to Sirhan.

Dohrn turned herself into authorities with Ayers in 1980 and later served six months in prison for a refusal to testify to a New York grand jury about her possible role in a bank robbery led by black nationalists and former Weather Underground cadre that left two police officers and a bank guard dead. Ayers himself had pending charges against him dismissed due to legal problems with the manner in which evidence against him was collected.

Ayers and Dohrn continue today to advocate an authoritarian political agenda based on their view of America as a congenitally racist country. A book they plan to publish early next year is called Race Course Against White Supremacy. They travel regularly to Venezuela where Ayers has expressed strong support for the authoritarian regime of Hugo Chavez.

Ayers and Obama Chicago efforts

The Annenberg records indicated that Ayers and Obama worked closely together to implement an agenda built in part on Ayers long held race based and authoritarian political perspective. Ayers and Obama had both worked in 1988 in Chicago to implement a radical restructuring of the governance of Chicago schools that aimed, in part, to rein in the power of the Chicago Teachers’ Union after an unpopular strike in 1987.

The Challenge disbursed millions of dollars over a six-year period in the late 1990s in Chicago during a period of controversial school reform. As a result of his role in the Challenge, Obama was able to come into contact with numerous prominent Chicagoans who are now important to his political campaign, including Penny Pritzker, of the powerful and wealthy Pritzker family. The Pritzker Family Foundation donated $100,000 in matching funds to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and Penny Pritzker now serves on the board of the Chicago Public Education Fund, which was the successor organization to the Challenge. Ms. Pritzker now chairs the Obama campaign finance committee.

Several months after his appointment to the Challenge board by Ayers, Obama launched his first political campaign for a seat in the Illinois state senate. An early campaign event was organized by Ayers and Dohrn and held in their Hyde Park town house. Ayers, Dohrn and the Obamas later joined together in an effort to support reforms to the Illinois juvenile justice system.

Ayers and Obama later sat together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago based foundation that funded a wide array of groups including the Arab American Action Network headed by Mona Khalidi. Khalidi’s husband Rashid is a close friend of Ayers and credits Ayers with assisting him in writing a book. Obama spoke at an event in honor of Khalidi, a scholar of the Middle East, when he left the University of Chicago for a post at Columbia University.

The McCain/Palin campaign has limited its comments on the Ayers/Obama relationship to suggestions that Obama “pals around with terrorists.” While Ayers and Dohrn have admitted they engaged in violent actions during the 1970s they now engage largely in propaganda efforts for their authoritarian worldview.