Ayers in 2006: Weather Underground a “great teaching moment”

posted at 12:30 pm on August 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

For those still unfamiliar with the “mainstream” William Ayers, as Barack Obama described him on his campaign web site, this 2006 interview with Venezuelan socialist Luis Bonilla-Molina, founder of the Centro Internacional Miranda (CIM). In this clip, Ayers speaks about how the Vietnam War forced an escalation of tactics to violence and notes the terrorist Weather Underground as a “great teaching moment” — a telling description for this professor of education:

3:20 – The particular crisis we faced with the Vietnam War was a crisis that called on us to escalate, to resist in more intense and, and, uh, uh, in more extreme ways. But one way of looking at it is that the Weather Underground was a great teaching moment. And, to the extent that we didn’t fully realize what we were trying to do, we were bad teachers, and to the extent that we did good things, we were good teachers.

5:42 – I mean, to go from underground, when we really thought we were in a revolutionary crisis … and there’s no question that when we left the underground, we lost something valuable — we lost our treasure.

Note the Che picture in the background, too. It goes well with the mission of CIM, which is “to create critical thinking and raise consciousness to advance the idea of 21st Century Socialism,” according to the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, a British apologist group for Hugo Chavez and his regime. Bonilla Molina himself co-authored a history of the “Bolivarian Revolution” with Chavez’ personal aide, Hairman el-Troudi.

Ayers explains that America forced him to become a terrorist, and that leaving the terrorist life was a setback to him and the movement. That hardly sounds as if Ayers repents of his former life; in fact, he believes he made a mistake by leaving it. In other words, the “great teaching moment” wasn’t that political violence was wrong — it was that he should have kept it going.

The Weather Underground wasn’t a “great teaching moment” for anyone interested in normal political activism. It only “taught” violence and terrorism. The long association of Barack Obama and the Daleys with this radical doesn’t make Ayers mainstream — it puts Obama and Daily out of the mainstream, and squarely among radical sympathizers. Who else would work with such an unrepentant terrorist and fringe radical for years on two different projects?


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Sean Penn sees nothing wrong with this.

TooTall on August 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Wow…if I was a parent in the Chicago school system I would feel totally comfortable with this guy funding my kids’ education.

MB007 on August 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Bill Ayers is scum. Any reasonable person with an ounce of intelligence can see it. Apparently, Obama cannot – I’m guessing most voters will.

Priscilla on August 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Ayers explains that America forced him to become a terrorist

Life is sure tough when your Daddy runs the local electric company (Commonwealth Edison)…

Realist on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Commercials, we need commercials. The bitter clingers won’t like this.

HawaiiLwyr on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

I repeat again, as I said in an earlier thread, and he is teaching our children.That is most concerning to me. Men and women like Ayers, Ward Churchill, Angela Davis, et al, are teaching our children. What a pathetic cliche Ayers is. Still longing for the “glory days.” Taking no responsibility for the outcome of his great teaching moments. I don’t think he has ever claimed to be repentant. If anything, all I have read about him is quite the contrary. He wishes he had done “more.”

Glynn on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

It’s going to be freaking insane if Obama wins in Novemember. McCain is far from perfect, but geez.

BadgerHawk on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Yes, a great teaching moment for anyone who lacks respect for the basic rights of life and property. A fantastic teaching moment for politicized sociopaths.

snaggletoothie on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

If Bill Ayers enterprise had been a success, dozens if not hundreds of young US Army officers and their wives would have been murdered in a bomb blast.

I predict that if I ever have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ayers here, he will coincidentally enough, require the services of a facio-maxillary surgeon the next day.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Ayers is mainstream! Doesn’t everyone want to kill US Troops and bomb the Pentagon? I mean, my friends in Hamas, North Korea, Putin, DinnerJacket, Syria, Chavez–they all would LOVE to bomb the Pentagon. Those are the people I hang with, and they are all normal in my book.

And if you don’t agree, you are a racist.

/channeling Obama

Vanceone on August 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

To a liberal, whatever it takes to win is completely justified.

Since America wouldn’t listen when we told them that they had to stop the Vietnam war and adopt communism, we were forced to take up violence to get their attention.

See, it’s all their fault. If only they would have listened to us the first time, we wouldn’t have been forced to kill some many of them.

MarkTheGreat on August 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

I predict that if I ever have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ayers here, he will coincidentally enough, require the services of a facio-maxillary surgeon the next day.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Oh, he would need to visit more surgeons than that if I ever got near him.

MB007 on August 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

And Obama served on an education reform committee with this “mainstream” unrepentant jackass.

ninjapirate on August 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I have felt a great disturbance in the force, like the whole of Hollywood just swooned…

Kini on August 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

The Weather Underground did teach me that the Left is not against violence and forcing their world view on everyone. So much for being “peaceniks”.

rbj on August 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

What kind of person do you have to be to even associate with a guy like this?

I mean, really?

It’s not even remotely excusable. This is as bad as hanging around with an unrepentant child molestor.

That Obama can’t see that, reveals so much about him.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

As I have asked before…

Why is this POS still breathing???

BigWyo on August 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

I mentioned earlier that the investigation against Ayers by the FBI was flawed and resulted in him walking around today instead of being in a lockdown in a Supermax in Colorado.

Law Enforcement doesn’t work against terrorism, as this case clearly demonstrates.

E9RET on August 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

“That’s not the Bill Ayers I used to know.”

sdd on August 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

If team McCain uses this in an ad, does Ayers qualify as a celebrity? Need to be sure. Don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

JammieWearingFool on August 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Show this picture w/Che in it Johnny Mac, and show the picture of Ayers standing on a flag, and quote Hussein’s campaign about them being friendly, and Ayers being a mainstream Democrat. Hussein’s buds are writing the Republican ads if they’d only use the material.

Akzed on August 21, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Yeah yeah, but Baracky was only eight years old when Ayers tried to murder people so everything is fine now.

Obama would also accept an endorsement from Charles Manson because he was only, like ten or so when Charlie murdered a dozen folks.

Bishop on August 21, 2008 at 1:01 PM

i’m still a bitter clinger and Obama is still a Clymer

sabbott on August 21, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Why do they always gotta have pictures of Che? WTF!!!

Chakra Hammer on August 21, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Why do they always gotta have pictures of Che? WTF!!!

Chakra Hammer on August 21, 2008 at 1:04 PM

He’s the sleaziest subhuman anti-civilization icon with an artsy poster they could find. Duh.

stonemeister on August 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Ayers in 2006: Weather Underground a “great teaching moment”

Obamaciple William Ayers hard wired connection, should in itself, be enough for people to not vote for this creep.

byteshredder on August 21, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Obama would also accept an endorsement from Charles Manson because he was only, like ten or so when Charlie murdered a dozen folks.

Bishop on August 21, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Corsi has a quote from Mrs. Ayers lauding the infamous handiwork of Charles Manson.

Akzed on August 21, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Listening to Ayres, it’s clear that he’s never critically examined his ideas, or ever had to face real intellectual criticism, let alone face serious public debate and rebuttal. An 8th-grader with an attitude could argue him into a corner in less than 15 minutes.

Doubtless, none of his students dare question his views or point out his intellectual mistakes, incorrect assumptions and flaws, for fear of receiving a bad grade.

Ditto for his academic colleagues and associates (past and present), although the penalty of ostracism (and job problems; Daddy has money), and potentially violence (Ayres has a history of bombing) was clearly in their minds.

Ayres is the product of Academic Freedom, Leftist America and the over-indulgent Liberal Rich.

He is an example of the world of Barak Hussein Obama; demagogues, embezzlers, various self-appointed elitists, rich dilettantes, etc., who really can’t even make a good pseudo-intellectual argument for their ideas

The Ayres-Obama link needs much airtime. The UI papers must be a gold mine. America needs to know.

Arbalest on August 21, 2008 at 1:24 PM

The McCain Campaign needs to push AYERS, REZKO and WRIGHT. Push them and do not relent. Make their names synonymous with OBAMA.

carbon_footprint on August 21, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Wow…if I was a parent in the Chicago school system I would feel totally comfortable with this guy funding my kids’ education.
MB007 on August 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Ayers’ influence reaches well beyond the Chicago schools. His books are required texts in a slew of K-12 teacher colleges across the country, where he holds something of a cult status for his educational theories, i.e. “bringing the revolution to the classroom” by overthrowing the evil white capitalist traditional educational system by “teaching for social justice.”

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Ayers explains that America forced him to become a terrorist

leaving the terrorist life was a setback to him and the movement

What??? He frames both of these as being negative times in his life….WHAT????

Trying to follow logical thinking…

If the evil America forced him to be a terrorist, wouldn’t leaving that lifestyle be a GOOD thing???

If leaving the glamorous life of being a beloved terrorist was a bad thing, wouldn’t it be good that America forced him to become a terrorist??

PappaMac on August 21, 2008 at 1:30 PM

A reminder of what a creep Bill Ayers is:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=9E8CD8A7-E90B-4311-8AA9-AEFD014A14B2

RobCon on August 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

If Bill Ayers enterprise had been a success, dozens if not hundreds of young US Army officers and their wives would have been murdered in a bomb blast.
NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 12:38 PM

His wife, Bernardine Dohrn, had more success on the murder front. She was involved in the infamous Brinks’ robberies committed by their radical friends, the last of which in Rockland County, NY, killed two security guards and a policeman. Dohrn worked in a boutique that stole customers’ identities and used them to rent trucks for the heists. She refused to testify, and spent 7 months in a NYC federal jail in ’83.

Barack wasn’t six at the time of the ’81 robbery. He was 20, and living in New York, where the robbery/murder and arrests of former Weatherman in the Columbia area were splashed across the headlines for months. Of course, he didn’t know who Ayers and Dohrn were when he just happened to bump into them in Chicago. Just one more strange coincidence in the life of Barack. Right.

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Hey, the big story is the subtext of this video. The guy in the middle is Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn’s adopted son, Chesa Boudin. Who is Chesa Boudin you ask…

His parents are none other than Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, who were also members of the Weather Underground who are in prison for their part in the murder of two police officers and a guard as the result of a robbery of a Brinks armored car in New York in 1981.

Chesa went on to become a Rhodes Scholar and work as part of an advisory group to Hugo Chavez as well as right books.

The dirt doesn’t fall far from the bag. Boudin’s story was covered way back in a 2002 Slate article article.

Way before Obama and Bill Ayers hit the national windscreen, there was this story. I especially like this little gem.

To make clear he has embraced the ideology of all his parents, he observes: “We have a different name for the war we’re fighting now—now we call it the war on terrorism, then they called it the war on communism. My parents were all dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world. I’m dedicated to the same thing.” Has no one ever told this young man that communism oppressed millions? Was he too busy reading the profile of his adoptive father—himself a terrorist —on Sept. 11 to understand the significance of that day? Is his really the kind of “potential for leadership”—as described by Elliot Gerson of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust—that should be rewarded?

moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Bill Ayers in Venzuela to discuss education. From billAyers.Blog.com (Get it while you can). November 7, 2006
WORLD EDUCATION FORUM. Centro Interncional Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela. November , 2006
:

“President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests,comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!

This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggle—I look forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane. Thank you, Luis, for everything you’ve done.”

davod on August 21, 2008 at 1:54 PM

I repeat again, as I said in an earlier thread, and he is teaching our children.That is most concerning to me. Men and women like Ayers, Ward Churchill, Angela Davis, et al, are teaching our children. What a pathetic cliche Ayers is. Still longing for the “glory days.” Taking no responsibility for the outcome of his great teaching moments. I don’t think he has ever claimed to be repentant. If anything, all I have read about him is quite the contrary. He wishes he had done “more.”

Glynn on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

He’s a socialist. Socialists think that genocide is a small price to pay merely because their intent was to create a utopia. Whether their utopia materialized or can ever even theoretically materialize does not matter. Their heart was in the right place, according to them, so any unfortunate unforseen consequences are irrelevant.

Socialism is easily the most godless, irresponsible, evil system to ever come along. Nazism, Communism, Leninism, and Stalinism are all just variations on the same theme: Complete and total control over everyone at the hands of the government. Any price in blood is worth it to them, as long as it isn’t their own.

Jihadists, at least, are willing to pay with their lives. Socialists are cowards and “academics” who send other people to die in order to enhance their own power. The ideal socialist is a Professor of Education living in a well fortified, luxurious mansion who sends braver and stronger men to die in order to make him supreme ruler. Che is glorified because he is the perfect pawn, an amoral slug willing to kill anyone who stands in the path of his superiors. They don’t put pictures of Hitler and Stalin up on the walls because they would have to complete with those autocrats.

BKennedy on August 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM

To a liberal, whatever it takes to win is completely justified.

Unless you are the U.S. In that case any action is indiscriminate overkill wreaked gleefully against innocents attending funerals and weddings.

Of course if you’re the U.S. it’s always overkill because you really don’t deserve to win and have too much in the first place.

RDuke on August 21, 2008 at 2:09 PM

His parents are none other than Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert
moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Boudin was released on parole last year. Gilbert’s serving life in Attica State Prison. Ayers, Dohrn and Chesa refer to him as a “political prisoner.”

Cathy Boudin, by the way, was the driver of the getaway truck. Her black panther friends hid in the back of the truck, after killing the security guard. When the police pulled her over, she acted dumb, they let their guard down, and the thugs in the back jumped out and mowed the policemen down. Gilbert was convicted of planning the whole thing.

And Chesa Boudin was upset that the families his parents decimated wouldn’t meet with him.

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Only in this country would this filth be allowed to walk the streets. A good commie is a…

elduende on August 21, 2008 at 2:17 PM

nice catch moxie

ahh…. the wisdom of crowds … especially this crowd
of which I am now a proud member of

the other videos of ayers interview are here, if you can bear to listen, I am sure there is a gold mine of quotes.

they are 12 about minutes each

http://www.youtube.com/user/CentroMiranda

I am going to listen on my ipod as I run in the woods (all for the cause my comrades) so I converted all twelve parts to audio which I have posted here in a zipped file it is about 1 hour in total

http://drop.io/fb59z5y

aren’t I nice to share.

there is a bonus 13 clip of 10 minutes of ayers at the end

which is from here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WKhS06YGNM

feel free to use the audio as you wish

teachable moment- ouch……–

“Mr. Obama do you agree with you former colleague and neighbor that the weather underground was a teachable moment or do you have another characterization of it. And will you impress upon the U of I the importance of releasing the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge?”

icemaniceman1111 on August 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM

And Chesa Boudin was upset that the families his parents decimated wouldn’t meet with him.

9 kids lost their fathers, the youngest being 6 months.

These are people live in a parallel universe in which their moral compass always points south.

moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 2:19 PM

“9 kids lost their fathers, the youngest being 6 months.”

But Barack’s his buddy, though. Who doesn’t count a few unrepentant terrorists as their friends, they’re fun to invite to 60′s nostalgia parties.

The Democrat Party is full of people like this. It’s a constant topic of amazement for me, that the Democrat Party didn’t implode years ago. They are simply devoid of normal, decent Americans. How does a political party exist like that?

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 2:23 PM

These are people live in a parallel universe in which their moral compass always points south.

Which is also an apt description of the current Democratic presidential candidate. The only difference is that Obama has learned to package evil with a glossy veneer — but it’s growing ever thinner.

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Oh, he would need to visit more surgeons than that if I ever got near him.

MB007 on August 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

If he comes to Texas, all we’ll need is a coroner. What a shame that a man like Bill Ayers, a man with a good job at a university, would decide to break into my house like that. Tsk, tsk.

Kafir on August 21, 2008 at 2:32 PM

icemaniceman1111 on August 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Thanks for the clips. Here’s a YouTube video that merges the Weather Underground movie with Obama. It’s bone-chilling.

Movement

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 2:37 PM

More fresh meat to the barbi…..

Folks need to remember that the weather underground did more than steal, riot and break things. In fact, Bill Ayer’s and his wife’s organization planned a mass murder bombing of an NCO dance at Fort Dix.

Chesa Boudin’s mother was involved in that terrorist plot but escaped unharmed after the bomb prematurely detonated.

I think this particular event resonates with most folks on both sides of the political fence in a very visceral way. We’ve seen terrorism in this country and most folks appreciate our military.

In fact, we’ve seen liberals go to great lengths in recent years to say “they support the troops but not the war.” But here’s an example of people who actively sought to murder young Americans and Obama was friendly with one of this goup’s leaders.

This point needs to be sharpened into a short, punchy politcal ad but it is potentially more damaging than the comments made by Wright.

Can’t wait for the 527s to start cranking out the weather underground spots.

moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM

When I first glanced at the screen shot it looked like Ayers was in prison garb. How appropriate, the shirt he has on.

Swinehound on August 21, 2008 at 2:44 PM

“In fact, Bill Ayer’s and his wife’s organization planned a mass murder bombing of an NCO dance at Fort Dix.”

And it’s important to consider who they wanted to murder.

Young, mostly newly wedded Americans probably, with little money but who were proud to wear the uniform of their country and who likely had young children at home with babysitters.

And Bill Ayers wanted to kill them. And Bill Ayers isn’t sorry for that.

And Barack Obama thinks being friends or even acquaintances with this guy, is fine and dandy.

He’s for infanticide, he’s for being buddies with terrorists. Barack Obama can go straight to hell on a cracker, as far as I’m concerned. This a-hole will never be my President. Ever.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 2:44 PM

“In fact, Bill Ayer’s and his wife’s organization planned a mass murder bombing of an NCO dance at Fort Dix.”

And this is back when they had a draft.

And I’m supposed to buy into the lefTard screed of ‘We support the troops..we just hate Bush/the war/blah, blah, blah…When the troops are all volunteers??

Yeah….right….

BigWyo on August 21, 2008 at 2:53 PM

So McVeigh and Nichols were freedom fighters?

whitetop on August 21, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Wonder what Ayer’s view on terrorism would be if he were to walk up to his house only to see it go up in a rather large explosion? I’m sure the person doing it could explain to Ayers that it was only “a teachable moment”.

GarandFan on August 21, 2008 at 3:10 PM

In a Barak Obama administration, you would be referring to him as “Mr. Secretary,” – as in “Secretary of Education, William Ayres”

wildweasel on August 21, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Who else would work with such an unrepentant terrorist and fringe radical for years on two different projects?

Just two? I count the Woods Fund, the Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools (ABC’s) which worked with Obama’s Developing Communitites Project, in addition to the education forum (s?) Michelle Obama arranged, where Bill Ayers was a featured speaker.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2008 at 3:29 PM

In a Barak Obama administration, you would be referring to him as “Mr. Secretary,” - as in “Secretary of Education, William Ayres”

Comrade Secretary

-fixed

moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM

whitetop on August 21, 2008 at 3:04 PM

No, they were murderers and at least one of them got what he deserved.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Bill Ayers would probably be like his hero “che” and cry like a baby if he were to be executed for his crimes.

Johan Klaus on August 21, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Put cream pie hits on him until he is driven underground.

BL@KBIRD on August 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

It is idiocy to suggest that the press/media fall in love with people/movements and abdicate their jobs as seekers of truth.

For example, try on these piercing zingers directed at Bill Ayers’ idol, che.

“This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term,” The New York Times had declared a year earlier. “Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist.”

“It would be a great mistake,” Walter Lippmann wrote in the Washington Post that same month, “even to intimate that Castro’s Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite.”

A few months earlier the London Observer had observed: “Mr. Castro’s bearded youthful figure has become a symbol of Latin America’s rejection of brutality and lying. Every sign is that he will reject personal rule and violence.”

Next in the series: The Iosef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili Uncle Joe that I came to love

-by Jack Reed.

moxie_neanderthal on August 21, 2008 at 8:40 PM

The natural destination of the Ayers / Obama confluence

NTropy on August 21, 2008 at 11:17 PM

He’s a socialist. Socialists think that genocide is a small price to pay merely because their intent was to create a utopia. Whether their utopia materialized or can ever even theoretically materialize does not matter. Their heart was in the right place, according to them, so any unfortunate unforseen consequences are irrelevant.

Socialism is easily the most godless, irresponsible, evil system to ever come along. Nazism, Communism, Leninism, and Stalinism are all just variations on the same theme: Complete and total control over everyone at the hands of the government. Any price in blood is worth it to them, as long as it isn’t their own.

Jihadists, at least, are willing to pay with their lives. Socialists are cowards and “academics” who send other people to die in order to enhance their own power. The ideal socialist is a Professor of Education living in a well fortified, luxurious mansion who sends braver and stronger men to die in order to make him supreme ruler. Che is glorified because he is the perfect pawn, an amoral slug willing to kill anyone who stands in the path of his superiors. They don’t put pictures of Hitler and Stalin up on the walls because they would have to complete with those autocrats.

BKennedy on August 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM

There is definitely some of the anarchist in him as well.

Glynn on August 22, 2008 at 1:10 AM