Sunday, October 05, 2008

Another Obama/Ayres Connection

In November of 1997, William Ayres and Barack Obama participated in a Community Service Center’s monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago.

Michelle Obama was Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, and Director of the Chicago Community Service Center at the time.

The panel debated the merits of the juvenile justice system by answering the question, “Should a child ever be called a “super predator?”

The full text of the November 4, 1997 University of Chicago news release can be found here. This is a small excerpt:

Ayers will be joined by Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the University of Chicago Law School, who is working to block proposed legislation that would throw more juvenile offenders into the adult system . .

For those who are interested in exploring the University of Chicago’s news releases from 1995 to 2008, here is the link.

This is the results page of the University of Chicago Google search for Obama. It is literally a Who’s Who of Chicago Politics.


  1. O'Reilly questioned Obama about the legislation regarding this. Obama said "Yes, it was a good Bill. O'Reilly nearly exploded with a "NO IT WASN'T."

    I'll follow your links. Good piece.

    Maggie's Notebook

  2. Thanks Maggie. I'd like to cross-post your most recent on Ayers.


    Obama keeps reaching back to Chicago political past for policy advisers, and pulling one despicable, vile, and even evil “rabbit” after another out of his hat. The list of Barack Obama’s radical associations is long and it keeps getting longer. Some are now well-known, but many are not. They need to be.

    (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke is being investigated after holding a fund-raising event linked to U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, Agence France-Presse reported.

    U.S. electoral laws forbid donations from foreigners to electoral campaigns.

    23 years at TUCC with Jeremiah Wright and James Meeks. racist sermons on Youtube.

    He chose the most radical church in the country; chose to immerse himself in hard-core ideological radicalism. Never before has this country considered such a radical leftist for its chief executive.

    Michael Pfleger and his hateful and race-hating ramblings, Obama met while carrying out his own radical social activism as community organizer at ACORN, (radical organization)

    Penny Pritzker, heads Obama camp National Finance Committee was president of Superior Bank - massively failed and she literally bought her way out of jail paying $460 MILLION fine; was the very epicenter of subprime loan scandal” that would come to eat this nation’s financial system alive.

    Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson, former head of Obama’s vice presidential selection committee, discovered he benefited from sweetheart loans from subprime king Countrywide.

    Tony Rezko certainly and his federal indictments and financial dealing with Obamas of course and William Ayers, US terrorist bomber, Obama-co-lecturer, fellow board member, neighbor, and friend.

    Communist Frank Marshall Davis, obama mentor; Saul Alinsky and Gerald Kellman (Kellman’s Woods Fund is how Obama hooked up with terrorist William Ayers)

    Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, appointed as Obama camp national coord for Muslim n affairs also stepped down after news about his stint on the fund’s board - which includes fundamentalist imam - prompting The Wall Street Journal inquiries about relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and his long personal relationship with Hamas Jamal Said.

    Obama desperately needs voters to forget hes the son of a Muslim father who served an incredibly brutal and corrupt Kenyan government; to forget he attended a madrassa in Indonesia and practiced Islam; forget that he campaigned in Kenya on behalf of Raila Odinga, who relied upon chaos, corruption, and violence in his campaign; numerous associations with radical Muslims; forget the photographs of Obama in traditional Muslim clothes, hanging with Muslim radicals such as Mazen Asbahi and anti-Semite Rashid Khalidi.

  4. William Ayers is currently a professor of early education at the University of Chicago. He cofounded an organization called the Weather Underground in the late 1960's. That group became the more violent wing of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) , and Ayers was eventually accused of involvement in several bombings in opposition to the Vietnam War. His relation to Obama is minimal. Apparently he once hosted a "coffee klatch" for Obama's run for the state senate. They lived in the same neighborhood, and ran into each other due to their shared passion for educational reform. Barack Obama was eight years old when the Weather Underground was active, and has denounced its past operations. The two do not speak to each other currently.

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  5. Merge Divide: Here's how "minimal" the Obama-Ayers relationship actually is:

    It's believed that they met in 1988 in New York, although I am the first to admit that this has been proven.

    From there, Obama went to Chicago and things began to pop. Obama, with no experience, was chosen to head the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, for which Ayers wrote the proposal and probably handpicked the inexperienced Obama.

    Ayers was an ex-officio board member and he and Obama worked closely, for years, between the Wood Fund and the CAC, to fund Ayers' pet projects, including Ayers' own Small School Project. Ayers' got lots of money for his own ideology. For 5 years Obama distributed over $100M with Ayers' help. The two of them decided who got funds and who didn't. They favored a heavily ethnic agenda, and when all the money was gone, they closed down. Annenberg's own report shows that NOTHING was achieved in the school - and indeed the money only went to external partners, to which schools had to try to attach themselves.

    It was a total failure and the students of Chicago's miserable schools were cheated of great opportunities to accelerate their learning.

    The fundraiser was no coffee klatch, it was power-party in a powerful neighborhood. Obama, Ayers, and Farrakhan all live within a half-mile of each other. I believe Rezko also - but not sure.

    Michelle Obama chaired a panel for Ayers, and invited her husband to share the stage, to promote a program and a book by Ayers, to lower sentences and change court attitudes, toward juvenile offenders.

    There's nothing casual about the type of meetings these two had.

    Maggie's Notebook

  6. Maggie,

    You are free to level all sorts of accusations, but if you want me to consider them seriously, they must all be sourced.

    Anyway, it doesn't seem to contradict my claim that "ran into each other due to their shared passion for educational reform". It certainly doesn't rise to the level of "palling around with terrorists", as Ms. Palin would have it.Even if your account is the correct one, it is decidedly a non-issue.

  7. Why don't you research the associations between the following people and John McCain and tell me which ones are innocuous as the one you described between Obama and Ayers:

    Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Former Employees/Lobbyists…
    Rick Davis- Campaign Chairman
    Aquiles Suarez- Economic Adviser
    Charlie Black- Top Aide
    Wayne Berman- Vice Chairman
    Arther B. Culvahouse Jr- VP Vetter
    John Green- Congressional Liaison
    William Timmons- Head of Transition Team
    Carlos Bonilla- Economic Policy Adviser
    Don Sundquist - State Co-Chairman for Tennessee


    Randy Scheunemann
    John Hagee
    Rod Parsley
    Phil Gramm
    G. Gordon Liddy
    Charles Keating
    Oliver North
    Rafaello Follieri
    Giuseppe "Joe" Bonanno and the Bonanno crime family
    Rep. Rick Renzi
    Carl H. Lindner Jr.
    Bob Allen
    Ralph Reed
    Donald R. Diamond
    Todd and Sarah Palin
    Maj. General John K. Singlaub
    Richard Quinn

  8. Merge Divide: Much of it is in the CAC papers released recently.

    Who is your source? Ah yes, Obama would be your source.

    William Ayers is who he is, and Obama made the decision to work closely with this man.

    McCain's life is an open book and it's not always pretty - but it's out there and known.

    If you want to dish on McCain's relationships, go for it. I'll keep talking about Obama.


  9. "If you want to dish on McCain's relationships, go for it. I'll keep talking about Obama."

    yes, Maggie.. I expect you to do great things with your double standards.

  10. Facts for consideration:

    McCain palled around bigots and segregationists Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond, they served for decades together in the Senate, were committee members together, traveled to events together, fund raised together. They were friends.

    Thurmond ran for president on a platform of maintaining segregation.

    Thurmond didn't see blacks as full Americans.

    Thurmond conducted the longest filibuster in Senate history in opposition to the Civil Rights Act.

    Thurmond said, "I want to tell you that there's not enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the Negro race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches."

    Helms held a strong racist streak that articulated his politics and almost all of his political campaigns - they were racialized in the most negative ways.

    Helms, in North Carolina, encouraged massive resistance to integration and referred to the University of North Carolina as the “University of Negroes and Communists” suggesting that walls be erected around the UNC campus to prevent enlightened thinking from “infecting” the rest of North Carolina.

    Helms spouted, “Crime rates and irresponsibility among Negroes are a fact of life which must be faced.”

    Helms said that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist dupe and refused, even decades after King’s death, to honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    McCain's great-great grandfather William Alexander McCain owned a plantation and 52 slaves in Carroll County, Miss.

    Would it be appropriate to insinuate that McCain is a racist, a bigot, a segregationist just because of his decades long association, his decades long service with, his decades long friendship with known racists, bigots, segregationists?


    But that doesn't stop the McCain/Palin ticket, surrogates, and supporters from suggesting that Obama may be a terrorist because of a far more tenuous association with a former radical.

    McCain served on an advisory board of a group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads, promotion of pro-Nazi groups, and dissemination of anti-Semitic virulence. Does that make McCain a Nazi loving, Jew hating, friend of murderers?


    But I bet I hear the link between Obama and Ayers exploited by McCain and Palin within minutes of turning on my television today.

    Can I create a post linking Sarah and Todd Palin to Nazi groups?

    Sure, but it wouldn't necessarily mean that Sarah and Todd Palin hate Blacks, Jews, Gays and Lesbians, would it?