Why the Obama-Ayers connection matters

posted at 11:15 am on April 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Steve Chapman takes Barack Obama to task over his dodge about the relationship between himself and William Ayers. Not only does Obama misrepresent the connection, Chapman writes, he appears not to understand what it says about him and his judgment. The Chicago Tribune columnist offers a handy analogy for those who still don’t comprehend it:

Would Obama be friendly with someone who actually bombed abortion clinics and defends that conduct? Not likely. But he is friendly with William Ayers, a leader of the radical Weather Underground, which in the 1970s carried out numerous bombings, including one inside the U.S. Capitol. (Though the last person who should object is Hillary Clinton, whose husband pardoned two Weather Underground members.)

Obama minimized his relationship by acknowledging only that he knows Ayers. But they have quite a bit more of a connection than that. He’s appeared on panels with Ayers, served on a foundation board with him and held a 1995 campaign event at the home of Ayers and his wife, fellow former terrorist Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers even gave money to one of his campaigns.

It’s not as though Ayers and Dohrn have denied or repudiated their crimes. After emerging from years in hiding, they escaped federal prosecution because of government misconduct in gathering evidence, but they don’t pretend they were innocent. In 2001, Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” …

It’s hard to imagine he would be so indulgent if we learned that John McCain had a long association with a former Klansman who used to terrorize African-Americans. Obama’s conduct exposes a moral blind spot about these onetime terrorists, who get a pass because they a) fall on the left end of the spectrum and b) haven’t planted any bombs lately.

You can tell a lot about someone from his choice of friends. What this friendship reveals is that when it comes to practicing sound moral hygiene, Obama has work to do and no interest in doing it.

What would the Left say if McCain had sat on nonprofit foundation boards with David Duke and sent money to Holocaust deniers? McCain couldn’t have won the nomination in the first place, as such a connection would have repulsed Republicans, and it simply is outside the character of McCain to tolerate that. If he had, Democrats would have a field day with it — and rightly so.

However, Obama and the Left want to demand an end to the probing of the years-long Obama-Ayers association as irrelevant. Never mind that Ayers has openly bragged of bombing the Pentagon. Never mind that Obama and Ayers voted to give $75,000 to Rashid Khalidi, a Yasser Arafat protege in the PLO, during their tenure with the Woods Foundation. The difference apparently is in the target of one’s hatreds; as long as the hatred was directed at the American government, the Left believes it to be irrelevant.

It’s an interesting double standard, and one that Americans might see as very revealing in November.


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Obama Lied and Hope Died!blockquote>

~shamelessly stolen from a politico post.

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 11:21 AM

screwed the pooch on the post. Sorry folks.

Obama Lied and Hope Died!

~shamelessly stolen from a politico post.

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Obama and Ayers voted to give $75,000 to Rashid Khalidi, a Yasser Arafat protege in the PLO, during their tenure with the Woods Foundation. The difference apparently is in the target of one’s hatreds; as long as the hatred was directed at the American government [or the Zionist Entity], the Left believes it to be irrelevant.

funky chicken on April 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Upon first hearing of Barry’s association with Ayres, my wife and I both said if it had been Eric Rudolph, the press would go nuts. I guess it depends upon which innocent people you bomb.

TugboatPhil on April 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

The left is relentless in their vile hatred of our Republic and will say or do anything to further their cause. This is an important relationship and it must be kept alive until all voting Americans are aware of it and its implications.

rplat on April 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

moxie, must be going around this morning. Because I forgot to add to mine:

No wonder Obama would happily meet with the mullocracy in Iran.

funky chicken on April 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Great points all around. I do see a problem during the primaries and that is how is Hillary supposed to use this against him when the Clintons have pardoned members from the same groups (and then some).

Will this all be forgotten by the National elections?

One thing that I’m suprised that nobody brought up was Obama’s stupid comment “that I was only 8 years old at the time when these things took place.

Well Golly gee, he was probably a bit younger with Charles Manson. Is he going to become friends with him? It’s just a stupid answer on a National stage.

The scary part is that people don’t appear to care about character anymore.

HarryStar on April 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

But some of his best friends are Republicans that are against abortion…soooo…

Your Jewish Master on April 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Even in analogy, I wouldn’t mention McCain and Duke in the same post-that’s how rumors begin. I’m sure that every “McCain isn’t a real Conservative” rant posted back before he won the nomination are cataloged by the DNC and will be brought out as “evidence that McCain isn’t popular in his own party.”
I’ll tell you what, he’s more ‘popular’ with me than he used to be. The threat of a cold Democrat Winter makes me warm to him all the more.

Doug on April 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Obama minimized his relationship by acknowledging only that he knows Ayers. But they have quite a bit more of a connection than that. He’s appeared on panels with Ayers, served on a foundation board with him and held a 1995 campaign event at the home of Ayers and his wife, fellow former terrorist Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers even gave money to one of his campaigns.

Hmm. Appearing on a panel is nothing much. Serving on a board little more. Campaign event at his house though, that’s fairly significant.

I mean shit, campaign event at a known terrorists home? He certainly should have to answer the basic “WTF?” questions on it.

Dash on April 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

The people Obama chooses to deal with, to me, says one of two things about him,both of them poor traits to have in a President. First: Is just he such a bad judge of character that the characteristics of these people escape him? Or, secondly–do the problems of these people not escape his notice, but he just doesn’t care? Either way–he’d be a scarey person to have running the country!!

jeanie on April 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Past associations that Obama chose are very material, in that he will be picking an unelected cabinet who will have great powers over the American people.

Bill Clinton chose complete jackasses like Janet Reno, Warren Christopher, Madeline Albright and Jocelyn Elders.

And we now know that the horror show Obama will bring to the table, will be far, far worse than the Clinton freakshow.

NoDonkey on April 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Found it!!

I was looking for the money quote here…

That’s why I have a fundamental difference with President Carter and disagree with his decision to meet with Hamas,” Obama said. “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.” Senator Obama

However…He can be friends with Ayers who HASN’T renounced his terrorism activities

I’m just waiting for the popcorn and the National Elections.

HarryStar on April 21, 2008 at 11:31 AM

It’s hard to imagine he would be so indulgent if we learned that John McCain had a long association with a former Klansman

Sheets Byrd D WV?

mred on April 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

I’m not surprised that Obama has unrepentent domestic terrorists as friends. How many leftists have gone to Cuba to schmooze with Castro? How many used to visit the Sandinistas in Nicaragua? Haven’t we seen a parade of authoritarian collectivists fawn over Hugo Chavez? From the left’s perspective, ends justify the means, and if your revolution will advance the Marxist agenda, well, then a few corpses littering the way is a justifiable price to pay for the worker’s paradise.

NNtrancer on April 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

It’s an interesting double standard, and one that Americans might see as very revealing in November.

I sincerely hope so. I hope the left can’t just spin this as a bunch of right-wing rhetoric, which they will try to to in an effort to discount it.

I hope that doesn’t work.

Bob's Kid on April 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

It’s an interesting double standard, and one that Americans might see as very revealing in November.

Don’t hold your breath. The public seems perfectly happy to grant Dems passes on behavior. Barney Frank’s lover runs a gay brothel out of their home and that’s OK. That one Dem congressman had gay affairs with pages but let a Republican trade inappropriate text messages with one and the shit hits the fan.

Kafir on April 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

During the debate Obama stated the Ayers was now a professor in Chicago. That made me feel better about Ayers.
He got on with his life after snuffing out others. True American success story.

Limerick on April 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

From around 1970, The Weather Underground used language that sounds eerily like the jihadists of today.

What folks must understand is that the Weather Underground intended to murder as many soldiers as possible with a nail bomb at an NCO dance at Ft. Dix NJ. Thank God those dirt bags accidentally detonated the bomb and killed themselves. Too bad Ayers and his wife were not among those killed. He and his wife are detestable people.

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

The military-industrial complex killed people, the Weathermen killed people in an effort to stop them. Let’s not relive the culture wars. The past is past. BarryO was only 8 years old when it happened. When BarryO actually befriended him, he was not a terrorist but a respected member of academia and liberal Chicago politics….

It only matters if you are right minded, the left sees it completely different.

tommylotto on April 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

During the debate Obama stated the Ayers was now a professor in Chicago. That made me feel better about Ayers.
He got on with his life after snuffing out others. True American success story.

Limerick on April 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

It also makes me feel a lot better about the University of Chicago.
I believe Ayers has tenure.

a capella on April 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Given all the highly questionable relationships Obama has maintained, given the painful lack of accomplishments under his belt, given his boar of a wife, given the serious lies that he has cast, given his very mysterious house transaction and finally, given his bent on raising taxes, will someone please explain to me how he has better than half the Democrats supporting him? In fact, when you throw into the pool, the negatives attached to Hillary, how does the Dem Paty sustain itself. I’m pretty sure its not the magical input of Reed, Pelozi and Dean, so I’m left feeling that half the population of the United States are politically retarded. Am I wrong?

Syd B. on April 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Never mind that Obama and Ayers voted to give $75,000 to Rashid Khalidi, a Yasser Arafat protege in the PLO, during their tenure with the Woods Foundation.

Could this be the same Palestinian Professor Rashid Khalidi who is Director of the Middle East Institute at Obama’s alma mater, Columbia University?

NNtrancer on April 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

The Obamas full know of the company the keep. They were hoping we didn’t notice and on the left’s side, they don’t want to notice.

Conservatives R Us on April 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

The military-industrial complex killed people, the Weathermen killed people in an effort to stop them.

You have a serious problem requiring immediate attention if you want to make a blanket statement of moral equivalency between the military and terrorists.

The passage of time does wash away some sins, but not all. As an aside, we have a policy of sending ex nazis to Europe to face trial when they are discovered. Paul Henss is 86 and will or has been deported to stand trial for his crimes in a Nazi concentration camp because actions do matter and some crimes can not be cleansed by the tincture of time.
I’m sure Mr Henss was a respected member of his community as well.

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Why isn’t anyone interviewing Mark Rudd? Rudd renounced the methods of the Weather Underground. Rudd was the leader of the Weatherman. He still thinks the Marxist inspired views are correct, but the employment of political objectives through terrorism he has rejected.

It’s ’68 all over again. I sure hope the Democrats figure this out before the convention. Otherwise it is going to be most massive clusterfuck in Denver.

gabriel sutherland on April 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Update to my last post: What do we know about Khalidi? From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Khalidi

Khalidi has been accused of having ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, based on his work for Wafa in the late 1980s. Khalidi has been accused of being “a director of the Palestinian press agency,” publishing an “adulatory book” on the PLO in which he personally thanked Yasser Arafat,[16] and acting as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation during peace negotiations.[17] Khalidi denied the allegation that he served as a PLO spokesman.[18] Khalidi explained that he often spoke to journalists in Beirut, and was usually cited, without attribution, as a well-informed Palestinian source. He also said that he was unaware of any misidentification as a PLO spokesman.[16]

The claim received renewed attention in 2008 when it was raised due to a reported friendship between Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Khalidi’s family when Khalidi taught at the University of Chicago. Articles by Aaron Klein and John Bachelor, writers respectively for conservative outlets World Net Daily and Human Events, were referenced by rival political campaigns and reprinted in wider-circulation media.[17][19][20][18]

NNtrancer on April 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I believe tommylotto was just pointing out the ‘left-think’.

Limerick on April 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Didn’t see-dubya actually write this on Saturday morning? Here’s a better analogy for Bill Ayers than Tom Coburn: Eric Rudolph.

Pam on April 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Obama thinks thay terrorism for his side is apparently no biggie.

The electorate will decide, Barry.

profitsbeard on April 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM

These washed up old radicals are a huge inspiration to the washed up young radicals. The US Armed Froces Recrutiment Station was bombed exactly 38 years to the day after the townhouse explosion in 1970. The original intent of the townhouse bomb was Ft. Dix, N.J. Cathy Wilkerson is peddling her book where she tells the story about how she broke into her mommy and daddy’s million dollar Greenwich Village townhouse when her idiot friends destroyed the place.

RobCon on April 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Upon first hearing of Barry’s association with Ayres, my wife and I both said if it had been Eric Rudolph, the press would go nuts. I guess it depends upon which innocent people you bomb.

TugboatPhil on April 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Innocent White People is an oxymoron. There are no innocent white people. If American could only get rid of the 200 million plus guilty white people, this county could once again be proud and Obama could become President for Life! All Hail the Messiah. If you disagree with this post, you are a racist white that needs to die. Die scum, Die!

PrettyD_Vicious on April 21, 2008 at 12:29 PM

The double standard is what needs to be exposed to pierce this issue. I wish someone in the media would ask two simple questions. If a Republican candidate had a “friendly”, as well as a business relationship with a known unrepentent abortion clinic bomber, would he still be a viable candidate? If a Republican candidate, while campaigning in the “deep south” was quoted as saying in response to his minimal results among African-American voters, “they will not vote their values over Government dependence, instead they cling to food stamps, cling to low-income housing, cling to their hatred of whitey, and their oppostion to welfare reform. Would this be an issue?

chief on April 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

The tabla rasa that was Barak Obama

I have a slightly different perspective on Obama. I think his past political opportunism is finally catching up with him. I don’t think he probably shares Wright’s view of the world, nor embraces the world view of Ayers. But both Wright and Ayers are an outgrowth of Obama’s effort to connect with a political base that he has little in common. In short, he faces the same sort of dilemma as a rapper with no arrest record or time in the hood. In short, no street cred.

My wife and I have friends who attended the same elite prep school (Punahou) in Hawaii. Steve Case, founder of AOL and son of a prominent attorney, also attended the same school. Tuition is $16,675 for the 2008-2009 school year, not including optional and mandatory fees. It is a very good school but there is a general feeling of self importance which could easily be construed as elitist.

Obama’s grandmother who was very accomplished in her own right. She worked her way through management and became one of the first vice presidents of any bank in Hawaii. Being raised by solidly middle class white grandparents and attending an elite Hawaiian prep school is hardly the sort of background that lends itself to a political career in the inner city.

Obviously Obama went on to attend elite universities before putting down roots in Chicago. I think in a nutshell, he faced a problem of being perceived as an outsider who frankly didn’t have the bona fides of some one who could win in the city. Bobby Rush (former Black Panther and 2000 congressional opponent) has said as much.

In fact, Obama wrote a whole book about his quest for identity, called “Dreams From My Father” which could be construed as building his narrative or backstory in a way that could connect him with his political base.

Obama recounts the difficulty of the experience, as his program faced resistance from entrenched community leaders and apathy on the part of the established bureaucracy. It was during his time spent here that Obama joined Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.[3]

To build a political base, Obama sought out the left and used Trinity as a means of establishing a political network. When Obama said “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” what he’s really saying is that Wright (and Ayers) are his political base and he’s right, he can’t walk away from his political base.

Campaigns are always, ‘What’s the narrative of the race?’ ” said Eric Adelstein, a media consultant in Chicago who worked on the Rush campaign. “In a sense, it was ‘the Black Panther against the professor.’ That’s not a knock on Obama; but to run from Hyde Park, this little bastion of academia, this white community in the black South Side — it just seemed odd that he would make that choice as a kind of stepping out.”

“He was blinded by his ambition,” Mr. Rush said. “Obama has never suffered from a lack of believing that he can accomplish whatever it is he decides to try. Obama believes in Obama. And, frankly, that has its good side but it also has its negative side.”

“There were plenty of college-educated, white, “latte liberals” with whom Mr. Obama polls well. But he was barely known outside his state Senate district, in the eastern part of Mr. Rush’s district. To win, he would have to expand his support among blacks, including the older, church-going, Rush loyalists who vote disproportionately in primaries.”

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 12:52 PM

I was only 8 years old

Yeh, studying the Koran and going to Friday prayers in a mosque.

Weather Underground, which in the 1970s carried out numerous bombings, including one inside the U.S. Capitol

The WU called itself a “white fighting force” for black liberation, ala Rev Wright.

The WU also was one of the only two terrorist organizations that ever bombed the Pentagon.

faraway on April 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Syd B. on April 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Because he is being compared to Hillary.

In my humble opinion, the GE will be very different.
Debates especially.
McCain: I reached across the aisle and did A.B and C. with Democratic Senator 1 2 and 3.
Obama: uhhh ummm.
McCain: There will be massacres of those Iraqi’s that have helped the US during the last 5 years. Is Sen. obama even taking that into account?
Obama: uhhh ummmm.
McCain: Comparing a self avowed domestic terrorist, who is unrepentant, with a fellow senator, someone you are friends with says a lot about your judgement. There simply is no comparison and I believe the American people can see that.
Obama: uhhh ummm hopey changey.
McCain: When a lot of the American people are hurting financially, how can obama say he will raise taxes on the middle class? If he doesnt’ even understand that raising the cap on SS taxes will effect those making less than 200,000 a year, which is a pretty basic fact anyone can see, then how can he be trusted to understand the vast complexity of the federal budget?
Obama: uhhh ummm changey hopey?
McCain: The vast majority of Americans invest at least a part of their savings. Those investments become loans to businesses who can then expand, hire more people, buy new equip. etc. Raising the taxes on the capital gains stifles this. The tax rate on gains is lower because the investor could lose all the money they invested. The lower rate is used to encourage people to risk this thereby providing much needed capital which fuels the economy. This apparently is another thing that sen obama simply doesn’t understand.
Obama: uhhh ummm depends on the market. WTF??

And on and on.
The guys a lightweight and the last debate shows that he doesn’t even prepare for challenges let alone be able to deal with them on the fly, which is a MUST in any president.

ArmyAunt on April 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I have a question for the MSM when they say the phrase “This may be an issue in the general election”.

Don’t liberals care about judgment? Association with terrorists, racists, etc?

faraway on April 21, 2008 at 12:58 PM

If someone were to ask Senator Obama about his friend Al Sharpton, expect to hear any combination of the following:

I was only 26 years old when that Brawley thing happened.

-or-

I was only 30 years old when that Crown Heights Riot thing happened.

-or-

I was only 34 when that Freddy’s Fashion Mart thing happened.

scatbug on April 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Being raised by solidly middle class white grandparents and attending an elite Hawaiian prep school is hardly the sort of background that lends itself to a political career in the inner city.

Didn’t you get the memo? Obama was raised by a single mother on food stamps. (At least, that’s the way he’s spinning it now; don’t bother this guy with the truth).

As for the BS about how Obama was only age eight when Ayers was engaged in his terrorist acts with the WU, that’s true. However, Obama was over 40 when Ayers wrote an article for the NY Times, in which Ayers lamented that he had not planted more bombs. Obama was also over 40 in 1995 when unrepentant domestic terrorist Ayers and his terrorist wife held a party at their home to launch Obama’s run for the Illinois state senate.

AZCoyote on April 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

so I’m left feeling that half the population of the United States are politically retarded. Am I wrong?

Syd B. on April 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

NOPE!

HawaiiLwyr on April 21, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Ayers is commie scum, McCain killed lots of Commie scum (we can safely assume), so McCain’s our man.

Akzed on April 21, 2008 at 1:28 PM

“Moxie Neanderthal” makes some excellent points. Obama probably thought that he could “be somebody” by going to an elite prep school and an Ivy League university, then found out that he needed to align himself with radicals to start a political career there.

If he had grown up in the South (like Condoleezza Rice) or a mainland city (like Bill Cosby), he would have realized that the politics of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers don’t play well in white America outside the “latte liberals” in San Francisco or Ivy League schools, and he would have tried to distance himself from them if he wanted a national political career. But Obama grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, totally out of touch with mainland, mainstream America, then thinks he can impose his mishmosh of international socialism and African supremacism on an unsuspecting American public under the disguise of “hope and change”, preying on “white guilt” whereby anyone who dares criticize a black man is a racist.

He blundered his way to a Senate seat when his Republican opponent imploded, and now thinks that he can become President of a nation he hardly knows, by taking advantage of the fact that President Bush is unpopular, and his Democrat opponent is a known liar and accomplice to one of the most corrupt Presidencies in history. Audacity is an understatement–how about chutzpah!

Who is Barack Obama? With all the favorable polls and the adoring, fainting, hypnotized crowds, does anybody really know? Does Barack Obama really know himself? Somehow, between now and November, the mask must be ripped off this arrogant, glory-seeking dreamer so that at least half of America sees him for what he is, before he leads a gullible America with his horribly-flawed “judgment” into unmitigated disaster. Is at least half of America awake, or in an audaciously hopeful trance?

Answer on November 5…

Steve Z on April 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Hopefully the DNC looks like 1968 again.

They were bankrupt then, they are now except it is worse, Marxism having become a priority as long as you call it something else.

Harry Schell on April 21, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Hmm. Appearing on a panel is nothing much. Serving on a board little more. Campaign event at his house though, that’s fairly significant.

Dash on April 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

What if the University of Chicago panel was put together by Michelle Obama? Would that make you think twice about it being “nothing much”?

Buy Danish on April 21, 2008 at 2:17 PM

It’s an interesting double standard, and one that Americans might see as very revealing in November.

I expect the revealing part to be when libs see all this stuff and still vote for the bastard.

4shoes on April 21, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Obama keeps saying he’s being swift-boated.

Okay, play us a videotape of Rev. Wright’s good sermons; point to all the good, patriotic people you have associated with on your way to the top.

Put up or shut up.

PattyJ on April 21, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn have had the last laugh. They largely avoided paying a price for their crimes, enjoy a sort of celebrity status among their crowd and enjoy a comfortable living, paid in large part, by the very society they wished to upend.

Interesting random bits:

Mr. Ayers has always been known as a ”rich kid radical.” His father, Thomas, now 86, was chairman and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Edison of Chicago, chairman of Northwestern University and of the Chicago Symphony.

In 1969, after the Manson family murders in Beverly Hills, Ms. Dohrn told an S.D.S. audience: ”Dig it! Manson killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach.”
(Said stomach being the very pregnant belly of Sharon Tate, in case you hadn’t guessed).

During his fugitive years, Mr. Ayers said, he lived in 15 states, taking names of dead babies in cemeteries who were born in the same year as he. He describes the typical safe house: there were usually books by Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh, and Che Guevara’s picture in the bedroom; fermented Vietnamese fish sauce in the refrigerator.

Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Ayers had a son, Zayd, in 1977. After the birth of Malik, in 1980, they decided to surface. Ms. Dohrn pleaded guilty to the original Days of Rage charge, received three years probation and was fined $1,500. The Federal charges against Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn had already been dropped.

After the couple surfaced, Ms. Dohrn tried to practice law, taking the bar exam in New York. But she was turned down by the Bar Association’s character committee because of her political activities.

Bernardine Dohrn was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1942 and grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School where she was a cheerleader [6] and attended the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science in 1963, and with a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1967.

Anyone know how much Ayers and Dohrn make from their university gigs?

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 2:33 PM

NEW GAME: (Caveat: obviously Obama is not a terrorist or hold pro-terrorist beliefs, nor do I believe he is a racist)

6 degrees of Obama:

Funny, w/i 1 degree your connected to home grown terrorists, 2 degrees your connected to the Lockerbie bombing (farrakhan-momar kadafi)…and cop killers, Brinks armored car robbery ….

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 2:54 PM

What’s becoming apparent is that Ayers and Dorhn see Barry as a *black* politician before anything else.

I doubt they would go out of their way for a radical white politician. They’re the ones who notice Barry’s blackness.

The culmination of the 60′s Black Panther radical chic is Barry O. Barry has as his birthright the black liberation movement of the 60′s.

Not Harry O.

benrand on April 21, 2008 at 3:27 PM

As I stated on Chris Plant’s WMAL radio show yesterday, you don’t need to go back to the 70′s to observe Obama’s support of Marxist terrorists. It seems more evidence (which won’t be seen in the MSM) is coming to light all the time as to Obama’s murky background. A very interesting article “The Real Obama Story Exposed!” by JB Williams, posted on Newsbyus, has turned up. It is a letter sent from missionaries regarding background on Obama’s real background in Africa. Excerpts:

In a letter received from American missionaries who have spent the last twelve years living and serving in Africa, the Agent of Change comes into focus.

The letter opens with “Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent [2007] Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and I don’t know the last count of the dead.”

The letter goes on, “Obama, under “friends of Obama” gave almost a million dollars to the opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is a socialist trained in East Germany. He has been trying to bring Kenya down for years and the last president threw him in prison for trying to subvert this country!”

Then the missionaries make their biggest statement, “What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a Muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fulfillment of the 911 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true Muslim way.” This message comes from American missionaries who have been working among Muslim groups for the last twenty years, the last twelve among Obama’s tribe (family) in Kenya.

The assertions made by this missionary group are astounding. But the assertions raise questions which are even more astounding.

The letter further states, “He is not an American as we know it. Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is world wide jihad. – By the way, his true full name in Kenya is Barrack Hussein Muhammad Obama.”

Terp Mole on April 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM

A few more 6 degrees of Obama contributions

feel free to add your own….

2 degrees to leading supplier of arms to Saddam’s regime and corrupt oil for food program (Rezko-Auchi)

2 degrees to Illinois Gov. and future inmate, Rod Blagojevich (rezko-Blagojevich)

3 degrees to Saddam Hussein (Rezko,Auchi, Saddam)

3 degrees to founder of Nation of Islam (Rezko- Nation of Islam Founder’s son: Jabir Herbert Muhammad- founder Fard Muhammad)

2 degrees to a plot to mass murder soldiers (Ayers/Dohrn- Terry Robbins)

2 degrees from Raila Odinga who just became co-President of Kenya this week (Odinga told the BBC’s The World Today that Senator Obama’s father was his maternal uncle).

4 degrees to Hugo Chavez (ayers/dohrn-fellow weatherman Katy Boudin-(son)Chesa Boudin intern on President Chávez’s foreign policy team)

moxie_neanderthal on April 21, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Daring to question Obama’s judgement and character? That’s a no-no in case you didn’t know. It’s a distraction from his awesomeness with an attack (justified IMO) with facts and that simply will not stand with his followers.

Yakko77 on April 21, 2008 at 7:49 PM