The Obama-Ayers connection: Chicago Annenberg Challenge

posted at 8:11 am on September 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Stanley Kurtz tried to force the University of Illinois at Chicago to open its records on a publicly-funded project, and for his journalistic effort got called a “smear merchant” and “character assassin” by Barack Obama and his campaign.  They didn’t want reporters snooping through the records of the Chicago Annenberg Project, Obama’s one claim to executive experience — and the years that belie Obama’s characterization of former domestic terrorist William Ayers as nothing more than a neighbor and an acquaintance.  Kurtz discovers a long working relationship between the two on a project designed to spread radical political thought by essentially feeding it to schoolchildren under the guise of educational reform:

CAC translated Mr. Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with “external partners,” which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or Acorn).

Mr. Obama once conducted “leadership training” seminars with Acorn, and Acorn members also served as volunteers in Mr. Obama’s early campaigns. External partners like the South Shore African Village Collaborative and the Dual Language Exchange focused more on political consciousness, Afrocentricity and bilingualism than traditional education. CAC’s in-house evaluators comprehensively studied the effects of its grants on the test scores of Chicago public-school students. They found no evidence of educational improvement.

CAC also funded programs designed to promote “leadership” among parents. Ostensibly this was to enable parents to advocate on behalf of their children’s education. In practice, it meant funding Mr. Obama’s alma mater, the Developing Communities Project, to recruit parents to its overall political agenda. CAC records show that board member Arnold Weber was concerned that parents “organized” by community groups might be viewed by school principals “as a political threat.” Mr. Obama arranged meetings with the Collaborative to smooth out Mr. Weber’s objections.

The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC’s first year. He also served on the board’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.

First off, we should note what this isn’t.  It’s not a smoking gun revealing criminal activity, and not a precursor to an armed overthrow of American government, although Ayers has done both in his lifetime and still talks approvingly of at least the latter.  The program outlined by Kurtz breaks no laws, and Kurtz never claims otherwise.

However, Kurtz’ report provides a very interesting look at the early political life of Barack Obama.  He had already entered politics at the time he joined the CAC, and even at that stage had allied himself with ACORN, which has found itself at the center of more than a dozen voter-fraud investigations.  Obama also allied himself with Ayers and helped the former Weather Underground fugitive push forward with his plans to radicalize an entire generation of schoolchildren in the area through the CAC.  Note well the parallels to community organizing that play out in the activities of the CAC, and recall again how Obama claims that activity as a major qualification for the presidency.

Ayers wanted teachers trained to instruct against “oppression” and to push schoolchildren towards political beliefs Ayers valued — apparently valuing them higher than actual education.  Barack Obama agreed, and for several years worked in close partnership with Ayers to implement that educational policy.  Even had Ayers never tossed a single bomb, this kind of educational philosophy would likely raise eyebrows with most parents, who desire a real education for their children and not some sort of political indoctrination camp.  With the context of Ayers’ violent radicalism, however, it makes the CAC even worse — a breeding ground for future Weathermen, ready to follow Ayers’ lead when the time comes for the revolution that Ayers and his wife (and co-terrorist) Bernardine Dohrn to this day desire.

Barack Obama not only supported this, he helped run this program for several years.  What does that say about Obama’s idea of mainstream, as he has repeatedly described Ayers and Dohrn?  What does that say about his own politics, his own ideas on education, and what kind of philosophy he brings to American politics?

Update: Steve Diamond notes other, more political aspects of the Obama-Ayers relationship, and says the CAC was part of a campaign to fight Mayor Ruchard Daley and the teachers’ unions for control of the schools:

Ironically, while Kurtz wants to tar Obama with the red paint brush of the 60s “radical” Ayers, an understanding of the real purpose of the CAC indicates a much closer political alliance between Obama and Ayers.

The grant application itself and much of what the CAC was up to emerged in the heated “Chicago School Wars” underway in that city from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. This war was for the control of Chicago’s public schools.

One side in this war was controlled by Mayor Richard M. Daley, Jr., son of the legendary Mayor Daley.

And the other side was led by Ayers and a small group of reformers that had emerged several years earlier in 1988 during a battle to create a new power center in the Chicago schools, the so-called Local School Councils, or LSCs. The LSCs were an effort to rein in the power of unionized teachers, school principals and school administrators, in the wake of an unpopular teachers’ strike in 1987.

This milieu around Ayers also included, as far back as the late 80s, Barack Obama and the Developing Communities Project (DCP) that had hired Obama as its Executive Director in 1985. The DCP was a leading participant in the campaign to establish the LSCs.

Thus, in fact, the “radical” Bill Ayers and his ally Barack Obama, a Democratic political activist and lawyer on the rise in Chicago, were engaged in an anti-union effort to influence the direction and nature of the entire Chicago public school system. It would lead them into a battle with Mayor Daley himself.

Read the whole post. I have a little skepticism about this, though, since Obama allied himself politically with both the educational unions and Daley during this same period of time. If Obama was at war with Daley and the unions, neither side acted much like it — and Daley has publicly defended William Ayers on more than one occasion.


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Media. Does. Not. Care.

People. Will. Not. Know.

fossten on September 23, 2008 at 8:16 AM

The truth is out!!

steviedfromnc on September 23, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Obama-nauts — They’re coming for the children, they’re coming for capitalism, they’re coming for your guns and they’re coming for the first amendment — Are you listening?

Well at least your library card is safe — You didn’t fall for that did you ?

I suggest you cling to your guns, religion and the first amendment.

tarpon on September 23, 2008 at 8:18 AM

*channeling Drive-By media*

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along…move along. Lokk over thre: Palin is finally cooperating with a new board of inquiry – comprised of people she can fire. Hurry…pay attention to that! Nothing to see here.

ManlyRash on September 23, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Fear not. This is starting to steam on the stove. Soon, small bubbles will appear at the bottom of the pot and we will have boiling. However, it is important for the McCain campaign to hammer it home in the coming weeks since the media will have to be forced to confront this. Anyone who would associate with a douche that would pose for that picture is a disgusting person.

SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Its not making a diference -to me – ACORN and radical leftist talk has so permeated the American discourse – its not really a factor – unfortunately

EricPWJohnson on September 23, 2008 at 8:21 AM

He is a freaking radical who is trying to pass off as a regular guy.

Wright, Ayers, Rezko– all the guys who helped him jumpstart his political career and this man is a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

God help us all.

promachus on September 23, 2008 at 8:22 AM

It will be good to have a terrorist as secy. of state. “It takes a thief to catch a thief.”

Hussein-Biten. Finally Euro-trash can run the White House and the Federal Reserve.

saved on September 23, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Obama also allied himself with Ayers and helped the former Weather Underground fugitive push forward with his plans to radicalize an entire generation of schoolchildren …

Hmmmm, sounds like a madrassa.

Tony737 on September 23, 2008 at 8:23 AM

This just isn’t worth getting stressed over. It, like all the other, “should be career ending” facts about Obama will be forgotten by this afternoon. Very sad, indeed.

anniekc on September 23, 2008 at 8:23 AM

1. Public Schools will be indoctrination machines.
2. Service Corps will be indoctrination machines.
3. Civilian National Security Force will inforce.

marklmail on September 23, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Papa Ayers put Daley’s old man in office and has owned Chicago politiccs for generations. The Ayers – Soros connection should be revealed. Obama is a mere puppet picked for his combinatioon of charisma and willingness to obey any instructions of the puppet masters. We are at a threshold that may lead to the point of no return. The liberal elite sincerely believe they must lead the masses for their own good. So far the herd of sheep is 50 -50.

volsense on September 23, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Why did they break this among news of the financial turmoil? The already bleak chances of this maing an impact are bleaker. Still, Mccain has a lot of points to hammer The One in his debates. He should not let Obama get away on that Fanny Mae business at all and also not forget to use this material.

BTW, I’m getting so paranoid that I am beginning to imagine that the Obama campiagn had some say in tipping the country into the mess last week, just to get Sarah palin out of the news.

promachus on September 23, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Karl Marx would be proud of his “students”.

JohnnyD on September 23, 2008 at 8:26 AM

The records of Chicago Annenberg Project were made available as of 28Aug2008.

Has Kurtz reviewed them?

csdeven on September 23, 2008 at 8:27 AM

It takes more than 3 sentences to understand this. It takes longer than 30 seconds to read. The media will not follow up. The sheeple will not pay attention. It doesn’t matter how much evidence is uncovered…this is what my parents DREAMED about, talked about, and actively engaged in.

“All we need is one generation of teachers, reporters, and political leaders, honey, and we will change the world.” That’s what I grew up being told. They think this is their time…they’ve never been this close before..they will stop at nothing, including wrecking our financial markets, starving the poor and starring sane energy policy through high gas prices, trying to make us lose a war, and killing free speech, because I suspect they know this might be their last chance for a very long time.

JustTruth101 on September 23, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Now that’s rather interesting…is there an Obama connection that DOESN’T include ACORN?

its_a_trap on September 23, 2008 at 8:29 AM

As has been mentioned before, the MSM arm of the DNC won’t touch it.

If Obama is successful at keeping this under wraps, we are summarily f***ed.

Bruce in NH on September 23, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Mr. Obama would you like to reconsider your answer.

Angry Dumbo on September 23, 2008 at 8:29 AM

This really needs to be the subject of any number of McCain campaign ads. The Ayers relationship and the O!’s lies about it plus the pernicious education philosophy pursued by CAC.

JimK on September 23, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Ayers wanted teachers trained to instruct against “oppression” and to push schoolchildren towards political beliefs Ayers valued — apparently valuing them higher than actual education.

And what is so different about how kids are taught now?

benrand on September 23, 2008 at 8:30 AM

BTW, I’m getting so paranoid that I am beginning to imagine that the Obama campiagn had some say in tipping the country into the mess last week, just to get Sarah palin out of the news.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong. This election is turning me into a conspiracy theorist, also. Look at what’s happened since the democrats took over Congress. These are NOT coincidences.

JustTruth101 on September 23, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Fear not. This is starting to steam on the stove. Soon, small bubbles will appear at the bottom of the pot and we will have boiling. However, it is important for the McCain campaign to hammer it home in the coming weeks since the media will have to be forced to confront this. Anyone who would associate with a douche that would pose for that picture is a disgusting person.

SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Nope. Look at all the damning information out there about Obama already. The media has continued to ignore it, and Obama leads by four points nationally. Who’s going to force the media to confront this?

Never happen.

McCain can hammer it all he wants at the price of $100k per commercial, but until the media does its job, it won’t matter. The media will just dutifully allow Obama to call Mac a liar and all will be swept under the rug.

fossten on September 23, 2008 at 8:31 AM

This will account for zip until it appears outside of the opinion page.

Don’t hold your breath.

Samhain on September 23, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Kurtz fails to make a larger point, that CAC was a liberal’s spending utopia. Can’t we hold Uhbama responsible for having no clue on improving education, and tag him with machine politic practices of using school funds to reward radical allies?

Mark30339 on September 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Go get the brownshirts and the arm bands folks!

National Socialism is coming!!!!

I cant believe I just read that.

1. Public Schools will be indoctrination machines.
2. Service Corps will be indoctrination machines.
3. Civilian National Security Force will inforce.

marklmail on September 23, 2008 at 8:23 AM

I think that is a fair assessment. It is all starting to come together now.

TheHat on September 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM

The point, says Mr. Ayers in his “Teaching Toward Freedom,” is to “teach against oppression,” against America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.

Note the ideological similarities between Ayer’s “educational” objective and the Black Liberation Theology expoused by Jeremiah “God D-mn AmeriKKKa” Wright.

Disturb the Universe on September 23, 2008 at 8:35 AM

“All we need is one generation of teachers, reporters, and political leaders, honey, and we will change the world.” – J.T.’s parents

Wow, you must have some interesting conversations with your parents now that you’re an adult conservative! A co-worker of mine says her parents won’t even talk to her anymore now that she’s a ‘Pubbie. How sad.

Tony737 on September 23, 2008 at 8:36 AM

OBAMA’S AYERS COMMENT DURING THE DEBATE WITH HILLARY

This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

*
So this kind of game in which anybody who I know, regardless of how flimsy the relationship is, that somehow their ideas could be attributed to me, I think the American people are smarter than that. They’re not going to suggest somehow that that is reflective of my views, because it obviously isn’t.

marklmail on September 23, 2008 at 8:37 AM

The irony is: liberals would never in a million years vote for a candidate who had this much association with somebody who planted bombs several decades ago–if the bombs had been planted in black churches in the South.

So to recap the liberal mindset: rather than seeing the act of planting bombs as unacceptable under any circumstances, and recognizing that anybody who does this is an enemy of free government who puts innocent lives at risk; to the liberal, while the people who bombed buildings to protest civil rights were vermin–and the liberals are right about this–the people who bombed buildings to protest the war in Vietnam are respectable, mainstream folks.

There wasn’t a terrorist in the history of this planet with a more just cause than John Brown. And guess what? It doesn’t matter, he was still a murderous thug. Our respect today for people who fought slavery is directed towards brave men like Abe Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, who used the power of words to protest “the peculiar institution.” Ayers is a hell of a lot more like John Brown that Frederick Douglas. What a pity that unlike Brown, Ayers does not hang from the gallows.

radjah shelduck on September 23, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Media 1, America 0.

Finally, Allahpundit’s pessimism has reached me.

fossten on September 23, 2008 at 8:40 AM

The records of Chicago Annenberg Project were made available as of 28Aug2008.

Has Kurtz reviewed them?

csdeven on September 23, 2008 at 8:27 AM

It looks like it. A comparison of points between Kurtz and the Chicago Sun-Times article you cite indicate near-identity. Here’s the interesting and rather cryptic difference:

The minutes characterized Obama’s concerns as twofold: Whether the group was raising additional money and whether money was being used ‘‘to prop up existing organizations as opposed to creating fresh educational practices in the schools?’’

“At the end of five years, will we have broken the mold? Not much seems to be bubbling up that is inspiring or substantive,” the minutes say, paraphrasing Obama.

The Associated Press was among several news organizations reviewing the records released by the university. UIC set up appointments for more than a dozen journalists who wanted to review them.

One is left wondering what “fresh educational practices” meant, and how it related to “reading, writing, and arithmetic”.

And if Kurtz wasn’t one of “more than a dozen journalists”, the UIC was disingenuous. As for the AP, why hasn’t there been a report?

unclesmrgol on September 23, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Who’s going to force the media to confront this?

It may take a 527 running multiple ads in battleground states to get media attention.

Right_of_Attila on September 23, 2008 at 8:44 AM

VIDEO: Kurtz on O’Reilly last night

TheBigOldDog on September 23, 2008 at 8:44 AM

May not count for much, but I did e-mail the major networks and “demanded” (ha) that they investigate and report on this- Maybe if they get enough flack, they’ll at least feel bad about ignoring it.

anniekc on September 23, 2008 at 8:46 AM

I think McCain’s ad people can have a field day with this, especially in certain battleground states. They have shown some talent.

It won’t have an impact in the big liberal enclaves, but nothing will.

This is completely unacceptable.

reaganaut on September 23, 2008 at 8:47 AM

As well as ads on the whole Annenbery/Ayers thing, the McCain campaign should do something on Obama’s extensive links with Acorn, juxtaposed with headlines about Acorn’s regular involvement in voter fraud.

EnglishMike on September 23, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Ed,

Steve Diamond, attorney (GLOBAL LABOR AND POLITICS blog linked from JustOneMinute blog), has already been researching the Annenburg Obama/Ayers DETAILS.

Read Diamond’s critique of Kurtz’s piece.

maverick muse on September 23, 2008 at 8:49 AM

7.2 on the Eeyore Scale of Doom.

Akzed on September 23, 2008 at 8:51 AM

This Ayers character has that Jim Jones
type manipulator feel about him!!

-push schoolchildren towards political
beliefs Ayers values!

There is sumpin not right about Ayers,
general quarters alarm should be going
off loudly about Ayers,nice Liberal
“It Takes a Village” philosophy he’s
got going on,this guys a nut!

canopfor on September 23, 2008 at 8:52 AM

“More than a dozen” journalists. How many are in Alaska right now going through Sarah Palin’s sock drawer? Many more than a dozen, I’d guess.

If Mitt Romney had won the GOP nomination, how many journalists would have been going through Bain Capital’s records and all of his calendars as Governor of Massachusetts and all the records of the Salt Lake City Olympics?

rockmom on September 23, 2008 at 8:53 AM

The Secret to Barack Obama’s Success.

Stanley Kurtz did some good work here. This was Barack Obama’s springboard into Chicago Democratic Machine politics. By working ties with Jeremiah Wright (who is well connected in Chicago), Bill Ayers (former terrorist now leftist activist), Tom Ayers (Bill’s dad, former Illinois ConEd chairman and the godfather of Chicago Dem politics), Barack Obama the outsider from Hawaii managed to get fast tracked in the insular world of the Daley Chicago Machine. http://globallabor.blogspot.com/2008/04/who-sent-obama.html

But the problem is, these are not the type of folks you want to owe favors to.

Mr. Joe on September 23, 2008 at 8:53 AM

I booked my son into a summer camp for next summer – I wonder if it will be a re-education camp. The public is being suckered into buying a bill of goods that will destroy this nation. What will it take to wake up America to the growing threat? The viability of our nation is being assaulted from within – from both rinos and liberal democrats. Our last line of defense is the common sense of the public. Hope is eternal.

Fuquay Steve on September 23, 2008 at 8:57 AM

1. Public Schools will be indoctrination machines.

“will”? watch your verb tenses

neuquenguy on September 23, 2008 at 8:57 AM

The B.O. forces here in Chicago are especially active in labeling anyone who dares try to look into B.O.’s early years in politics as being a “smear merchant”. Their only problem here is each time they do this, local radio stations like WGN and WLS will snap up the people B.O. is trying to shut up and put them on for nationally broadcast interviews. So in a way, the word is being sent out right now as to what is going on and how B.O.’s people are going wild trying to suppress the truth as to what B.O. is really all about.

pilamaye on September 23, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Afrocentric education
Afrocentric religion

Is it fair to ask if The Obamassiah is a racist.

rbj on September 23, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Citizen Police in training

tomas on September 23, 2008 at 9:01 AM

This information might be very interesting to average American voters. Therefore it must be suppressed by the mainstream Obamedia.

The infantilization of Obama by the press will continue. He’s a delicate child who requires coddling and protection and he’s more than happy to accept that role. Judgment to Lead my a**…

Gilda on September 23, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Barack Obama not only supported this, he helped run this program for several years. What does that say about Obama’s idea of mainstream, as he has repeatedly described Ayers and Dohrn? What does that say about his own politics, his own ideas on education, and what kind of philosophy he brings to American politics?

Is this a trick question?

Buy Danish on September 23, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Obama is out of this race if any of the debate moderators have the guts to ask him a single question:

“Can you describe an executive decision you have made and the impact of that decision?”

rockmom on September 23, 2008 at 9:04 AM

promachus on September 23, 2008 at 8:25 AM

With Soros money any shinanigans are possible. I believe Soros has been manipulating the markets to obtain the outcome he wants. I just don’t know what we the people can do about this. I am taking a PoliSci class and I walked out yesterday just listening to the Prof. spew one sided nonsense. He claimed part of the problem on Wall Street had to do with ‘investors’. I asked him if he had a 401K, and of course he does: “Doesn’t that make you an investor?” One kid doesn’t want Sarah in office because she shoots and eats moose??? The rest were ranting and raving about oil. Trying to explain all the oil based products they were wearing and using was useless. One ‘child’ even suggested we should all be riding bikes. When asked how far he thought he’d get without tires, he became rather rude.

red131 on September 23, 2008 at 9:09 AM

“All we need is one generation of teachers, reporters, and political leaders, honey, and we will change the world.” That’s what I grew up being told. They think this is their time…they’ve never been this close before..they will stop at nothing, including wrecking our financial markets, starving the poor and starring sane energy policy through high gas prices, trying to make us lose a war, and killing free speech, because I suspect they know this might be their last chance for a very long time.

Why would this be their last chance? whatever happens Nov 4th they’ll still have the schools dumbing down the public at every level, a media that’s nothing more than a propaganda machine, and a public that has made financial security their god. And all our side has is the hope that people will some day wake up and see the light. We need a comprehensive strategy to win the ideological war which should be easy since the left is not only morally bankrupt but also intellectually bankrupt. The problem is that we cannot get the message out if the enemy controls the medium (schools, media). So what’s the strategy to get at least some of the medium back? The new media seems to mostly proech to the converted.

neuquenguy on September 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Rough draft for McCain ad – it needs some work:

From 1995 to 1999 Barack Obama was charge of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational foundation set up to spend $100 million on improving the city’s schools.

His partner in the project was Bill Ayers, a terrorist whose group bombed police stations and government buildings, and plotted to murder soldiers (show relevant news clippings). On September 11 2001 Ayers told the New York Times ‘We didn’t do enough.’He’s described himself as “a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist,”

(show pic of Ayers trampling on flag)

Instead of giving the money to deserving education projects, Obama and Ayers gave the money away to their radical left-wing friends. They channeled the money through groups such as Acorn… (list Acorn’s indictments/convictions for voter fraud here). Auditors found that CAC did nothing to improve standards in Chicago schools.

$100 million dollars wasted. Chicago’s schools no better off. The only executive experience Senator Obama has ever had was a failure. Do you really want him to be in charge of spending your tax dollars?

Barack Obama – lacking the judgement to lead America.

EnglishMike on September 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Kurtz’ article cited by the Captain was published on September 23, 2008. The Sun-Times article cited by csdeven was published on August 28.

Looks like there might be “redacted documents” in the release cited by csdeven. Check this, published September 8, 2008. Note reference to a “third year law student” — sounds like Kurtz has allies in this attempt.

Here is an article by Kurtz published August 18, 2008 describing his first attempt at access to the Annenberg records. Kurtz imputes that, perhaps, the wolf (Ayers) had been left in charge of the henhouse (the papers) by the UIC. This Aug. 18 paper is written with the aid of a “finding aid” provided by a helpful librarian before the UIC decided to clam up.

unclesmrgol on September 23, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Radical is as radical does.

Where are the ads exposing Acorn?

petefrt on September 23, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Afrocentricity

I call B.S. It’s all Marxism/anti-Americanism. Like how ANSWER claims to be against war and racism and yet is a front for the International Workers’ Party.

When I went through college the push was “World Cultures.” You had to have six credits in such courses as an antidote to the “Eurocentrism” of the educational canon. But we need to encourage “Afrocentrism” so young black kids identify with an idea rather than their own country. Um, has anyone looked at what’s going on in Africa recently? That’s preferable to patriotism?

saint kansas on September 23, 2008 at 9:14 AM

EnglishMike on September 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Thanks for the script, man. Can I narrate that and stick it up on YouTube?

saint kansas on September 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM

And what is so different about how kids are taught now?

Exactly and I’m amazed that inner city public school students are learning anything, even if it’s wrong.

Glad to see our tax dollars are being wasted on teaching inner city kids to beg for handouts for the remainder of their pathetic existence.

Instead of the college track, it’s the hobo track for Barack’s kids. Oh wait, not Barack’s kids, they go to some hoity toity private school. It’s everyone else’s kids.

What a worthless piece of rotten garbage Barack Obama is.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2008 at 9:17 AM

With all the reports we see about wrongdoing by ACORN, remind me again why ACORN isn’t subject to RICO prosecution, why it’s still in existence?

Is it just a case where authorities just aren’t feeling up to it? Taking a little time off, a little me time?

If these bastards really do the things they are reputed to do, they ought to be shut down. Or did we just as a nation sort of decide to start cutting anarchists more slack these days?

jeff_from_mpls on September 23, 2008 at 9:19 AM

This about sez it all.

One in the same.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 23, 2008 at 9:19 AM

What does that say about Obama’s idea of mainstream, as he has repeatedly described Ayers and Dohrn? What does that say about his own politics, his own ideas on education, and what kind of philosophy he brings to American politics?

It says you’re “mainstream” if you are, as Ayers describes himself in the WSJ article: “radical, leftist, and communist.”

Obama’s childhood mentor was well-known communist radical Frank Marshall Davis. His adult friend and sponsor of his Chicago political career is communist radical (and domestic terrorist) William Ayers. Obama has received the official endorsement of the Communist Party USA, as well as public statements of approval from Communist dictators such as Fidel Castro.

How many “mainstream” American voters would be willing to vote for Obama if they knew this stuff?

AZCoyote on September 23, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Very few have even heard of the CAC and fewer still are alarmed or feel it casts doubts on the qualifications of Obama.

You might as well go after orphans and little old ladies on pensions as criticize the CAC.

If Chesa Boudin is any example, Ayers and Dohrn see children as little political activist to be molded and set loose on the rest of the world. Scary stuff when you consider the cover Ayers has enjoyed for his ongoing activities and the potential damage they have inflicted.

Terrible people.

moxie_neanderthal on September 23, 2008 at 9:26 AM

thanks AZ.

johnnyU on September 23, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Our last line of defense is the common sense of the public. Hope is eternal.

Fuquay Steve on September 23, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Rush always says that he has faith in the American public to see all this for what it is. I know it’s the right way to think, the optimist way. But I find myself more and more loosing hope in this “last line of defense” and thinking that a lot more is needed. I know that common sense will eventually prevail, but how many freedoms will will we lose before we get there?

neuquenguy on September 23, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Obama Jugend and the CAC putsch.

digitalintrigue on September 23, 2008 at 9:37 AM

With all the reports we see about wrongdoing by ACORN, remind me again why ACORN isn’t subject to RICO prosecution, why it’s still in existence?

Is it just a case where authorities just aren’t feeling up to it? Taking a little time off, a little me time?

If these bastards really do the things they are reputed to do, they ought to be shut down. Or did we just as a nation sort of decide to start cutting anarchists more slack these days?

jeff_from_mpls on September 23, 2008

Jeff, it’s not we as a nation. It’s Bush the Spineless (in the face of the American left).

SKYFOX on September 23, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Fear not. This is starting to steam on the stove. SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 8:20 AM

The key is that Stanley Kurtz had better have a large collection of incriminating documents, which he leaks out in several news pieces over the next two weeks or so. That’s how you really build a “scandal.”

It also has to leak into the MSM, and that’s going to take serious effort and resources by the RNC in order to push this. They’re going to need PR people to push surrogates onto the evening news, the sunday morning shows, and so forth, and that’s expensive and requires effort by the RNC and/or the McCain campaign. It’s not clear the McCain people will invest the resources to do that.

Outlander on September 23, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Exit question: When is the African American community going to wake up and rebel against the liberals and Democrats who for too long have actively worked to suppress their progress, while smiling in their face and promising that they are really working in their best interests?

Just A Grunt on September 23, 2008 at 9:38 AM

It doesn’t require the MSM “running with this story”. All that’s required is to force Obama to bring this to the public’s attention. The easiest way is through the opening paragraph to Kurz’s article.

ANYONE can ask Obama: Last April, and during a debate, you described William Ayers as “just a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis.” Why did you feel it necessary to deliberately lie about the nature and extent of your relationship with Mr. Ayers?

A question like THAT would put this issue “in play”, and in the public scrutiny.

alwyr on September 23, 2008 at 9:40 AM

For those unacquainted as yet–
(lost in space?)

http://globallabor.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 22, 2008
Global Labor and Politics:
“Obama, Ayers and the Annenberg Challenge: Does Conservative Stanley Kurtz Get It?”

the heated “Chicago School Wars” underway in that city from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. This war was for the control of Chicago’s public schools.

One side in this war was controlled by Mayor Richard M. Daley, Jr., son of the legendary Mayor Daley.

And the other side was led by Ayers and a small group of reformers that had emerged several years earlier in 1988 during a battle to create a new power center in the Chicago schools, the so-called Local School Councils, or LSCs.
Ayers and his reformers turned to the Annenberg Challenge money to reinvigorate the power and impact of the LSCs.

[Also] the Small Schools Network run by Ayers’ comrade from the 60s, ex-Maoist Mike Klonsky [advanced] “teacher bashing” rather than concrete programs to improve outcomes for students.

Thus, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge was far more than just a chance for Ayers to engage in “radical” efforts to raise the political consciousness of young students. It was that but it was much more – it was a front in an important battle for control of the Chicago Public School system. In fact, according to the Ken Rolling, Daley himself tried to wrest control of the Annenberg grant money away from Ayers and Obama.

The Challenge was radical, but not the right wing’s simplistic view of “radicalism.” Rather it represented an authoritarian and bureaucratic agenda – a desperate attempt to use parents to control teachers through a politically correct curriculum, yes, but more importantly to use them [parents] as canon fodder in the battle to control teachers and administrators. This authoritarian approach is entirely consistent with Ayers’ long held political views as he has consistently sided politically with the most undemocratic regimes available, including most recently that of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

And at Ayers’ side the entire time during this battle was his comrade-in-arms, Barack Obama, who served as President and Chairman of the board of directors of the Challenge.
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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1262085

The Authoritarian Radicals: Barack Obama, Bill Ayers and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge

Stephen F. Diamond
Santa Clara University – School of Law
September 1, 2008
Abstract:

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was a $160 million dollar reform effort in the Chicago public school system led by, among others, Barack Obama and Bill Ayers. An analysis of the Challenge suggests that an authoritarian form of politics shared by Ayers and Obama was a critical part of the reform effort. This form of authoritarian radicalism has its roots in the American New Left and Black Power movements. The paper contrasts the authoritarian and anti-union approach of the Challenge with a democratic alternative.

To be most effective, we must all use the BEST research in the battle against Obamarx.

That PARENTS are manipulated to be no more than FODDER for radical authoritarians like Ayers/Obama makes seeing through the “Democrat language” opposite-game-definition imperative. Don’t allow the abusers further means and power to ruin our children from Kindergarten through their graduate studies at elitist schools of higher education. THEY are already established. That does not mean there is no other way than submission. It does mean, however, that strategy is all the more imperative in navigating through the swamps of Marx, Stalin and Mao as our children are all stuck in that muck. Identification and original definition of words must be taught at home so that children KNOW the difference. It is tragic, SOCIALISM having corrupted our entire public education system and means of attaining careers. All the more responsibility upon parents to teach their children.

Ironically, meek and cruel people by nature believe their peers and “need to belong” so as to gladly volunteer themselves as fodder for the radical authoritarians to abuse and misuse. The meek just want acceptance. The cruel want to rule in hell. Though it isn’t being spoken, there would be a measure of hope that Palin would not only recognize our circumstance, but in time find a measure to combat this situation. How else to affirm the rights of the special needs children?

maverick muse on September 23, 2008 at 9:40 AM

http://bulletin.aarp.org/states/il/articles/obama_outlines_plan_for_national_service.html

“He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle and high school students.

For college students, Obama would set the goal at 100 hours of service a year and create a $4,000 annual tax credit for college students that would be tied to that level of service.” >>>

50 hours of service would be 7 more school days/year doing nothing but community service.

100 hours of service/year would be 12 days of full-time work. We need to tell college students that Obama wants them to spend their spring break painting houses. But they’ll get a $4000 tax credit. (How many students make enough money to owe $4,000 of taxes in a year?)

And then we need to tell teachers that when they take continuing ed classes to maintain their certification they’re going to also have to give 12 free days to community service alongside Martha Stewart and others avoiding or reducing jail time for crimes.

Obama’s a genius! lol.

justincase on September 23, 2008 at 9:41 AM

You do have to love how the guys who founded ACORN found it a great place to do a bit of embezzling… strange enough when it actually comes to having to ‘help a community’ they tend to ‘help themselves’ and ally against the local community. Just par for the course for the nuts at ACORN, I guess.

Now as for a deal that Obama has not involving ACORN? Hmmm… well, there is this…how about the Rezko-Alsammarae-Auchi deal for a power plant in Iraq, where Alsammarae was convicted in Iraqi courts for fraudulent activities, got busted out and is now living in Chicago and supporting Sen. Obama? Don’t see an ACORN role in that… could be wrong, of course, they have fingers in lots of pies. An ACORN in every plot, so to speak.

The question for Sen. Obama is what contacts does he have that *aren’t* tied up with billionaires, criminals, and political machines. Earmarks included in that. Because those contacts and work appear to be hard to find.

ajacksonian on September 23, 2008 at 9:43 AM

7.2 on the Eeyore Scale of Doom. – Akzed on September 23, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Here at HotAir, Allah uses the Despair-O-Meter™.

ManlyRash on September 23, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Combine Obama’s commnity service requirement for schools with his CAC record of social activism rather than academic achievement, and his requirement that STD prevention be taught to kindergarten students, and you get a general outline of what he thinks schools should be about.

justincase on September 23, 2008 at 9:46 AM

We need to get this question to someone in the “town hall” debate coming up.

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As a sidebar, This Education foundation spent $50 million and the results “weren’t statistically different” from just regular schools in Chicago. — I.E. — TAX FUNDED FAILURE

Obama’s Housing Projects with Rezko et al, were condemned —- I.E. TAX FUNDED FAILURE

Attack him on this. The only things on his tiny resume’ are abject failures.

marklmail on September 23, 2008 at 9:46 AM

markmail at 9:46AM

They weren’t failures. They got him tied into the corrupt Chicago machine. How can you consider that a failure for our tax money?

justincase on September 23, 2008 at 9:48 AM

The really sad thing about this is that, as a whole, we are helpless. I know here in rural Georgia about all I can do is vote. Call either of my Senators or my representative? Ha! They are in it for the money. Don’t dare upset their applecart. Call and talk to a staffer. Waste of breath. Send a letter, get a form letter back thanking you for writing. Email, bit bucket. It is much the same for most all of us conservatives. My son is a conservative in Maryland. He won’t even talk about politics now he is so frustrated.

All we are doing here is using some servers cycles. Fox News or any other outlet is not going to talk about this. We are basically screwed. I suggest hoarding ammunition and food, because really hard times are coming.

fortson-reader on September 23, 2008 at 9:53 AM

I live outside Chicago. Here’s a funny anecdote:

One of the kids I coach is a young talented black athlete. He’s 12. He and his family can’t stand Obama. “He only wants us to vote for him because he’s black”.

Second:

Next door neighbor is a retired Army Sgt. He too is black.

He can’t stand the guy either. “Obama? That idiot. THe one who screwed up Chicago education for good? No thanks.”

He is now an ROTC teacher in a school on the southside.

Maybe there is hope.

JP1986UM on September 23, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Jeez, the ad writes itself:

Use the above picture with the caption:

Obama’s Closest Friend

J.J. Sefton on September 23, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Ten years ago, Obama would have had to have answered some hard questions over this–that 60 minutes puff job with him this weekend would have been a much more substantial grilling on this and Resko. Twenty years ago–he’d have been toast–he’d be sharing a spot at the bar with Gary Hart. But now…I hear chirping crickets…

Hannity is right–2008 is the year traditional journalism as an institution died in this country. The media now are nothing more than propaganda organs for the Democratic Party–the new Pravda. Actually, worse than Pravda–at least Pravda had the integrity to state up front what it was–unlike the NY Times, etc.

If McCain is to win this election he will have to deliver his message directly to the people and it will fall on him and alternative media to inform the people as to the true nature of Obama and his activities and record.

Matt Helm on September 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

The link between Ayers and Obama is a tenuous one at best. I know this because that’s what Obama told the media, that’s what the media reported, and that’s what Obama then reprinted on his campaign website’s “fact check” page.

Circlejerk of Hopenchange.

Bruce in NH on September 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

I really hope Karma catches up to this Ayers guy.

SoulGlo on September 23, 2008 at 10:06 AM

VIDEO: Kurtz on O’Reilly last night

O’Reilly just doesn’t get it – and Kurtz never explains the F’ing INTENT of Obama/Ayers Education Initiative. GD it O’Reilly, DO YOUR HOMEWORK! JESUS!

marklmail on September 23, 2008 at 10:09 AM

EnglishMike on September 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Excellent script for an anti-Obambi ad, Mike. Be sure to send it to the McCain campaign.

Time for a 527 to mount a massive effort at making Obambi’s radical history and associations public. You’ve got to get past the dike that the MSM have put up, and the way to do it is to flood it.

Obama’s childhood mentor was well-known communist radical Frank Marshall Davis. His adult friend and sponsor of his Chicago political career is communist radical (and domestic terrorist) William Ayers. Obama has received the official endorsement of the Communist Party USA, as well as public statements of approval from Communist dictators such as Fidel Castro.

How many “mainstream” American voters would be willing to vote for Obama if they knew this stuff?

AZCoyote on September 23, 2008 at 9:21 AM

The MSM isn’t going to tell them. John McCain isn’t going to hammer it home in the ‘debates’. It’s going to take a Swiftboat-style campaign to make these facts impossible for the public and the media to ignore.

MrLynn on September 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Apparently Obama co-led an effort to mainstream radical Marxist charter school ideology into Chicago public schools. It would have been less insidious, probably less dangerous in the long run and considerably more honest if he’d simply established a chain of madrassas in South Chicago strip malls.

Tim Russert is dead, George Will thinks McCain is reckless and the rest of the media by and large share Ayer’s world view. Think the MSM will ever care about this?

JonPrichard on September 23, 2008 at 10:11 AM

All we are doing here is using some servers cycles. Fox News or any other outlet is not going to talk about this. We are basically screwed. I suggest hoarding ammunition and food, because really hard times are coming.

Maybe Obama IS the Anti-christ.

JonPrichard on September 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM

BTW, I’m getting so paranoid that I am beginning to imagine that the Obama campiagn had some say in tipping the country into the mess last week, just to get Sarah palin out of the news.
____________________

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong. This election is turning me into a conspiracy theorist, also. Look at what’s happened since the democrats took over Congress. These are NOT coincidences.

JustTruth101 on September 23, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Good – glad I’m not the only one thinking this. I started wondering if I needed to be fitted for a foil hat. With all the coverups and lies that is going on with Team Obama – I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past them. Especially that weasle Axelrod.

tru2tx on September 23, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Yeah, the Chicago school system is doing SO WELL…

reshas1 on September 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Even if the MSM did pick this up, which I doubt, it may simply be too complicated for the average voter to understand. By definition, half of all voters are of below average intelligence. That bunch is only going to comprehend very obvious scandals like adultery and stealing. All they’re going to take away from this is “school reform,” which sounds positive. They will have absolutely no comprehension of what Ayers and Obama were trying to do.

doppelganglander on September 23, 2008 at 10:31 AM

I wonder if the Ayers & Ayers circle of friends connection to Obama goes back even further.
Obama was in Chicago starting sometime in 1985. He worked as a community organizer where he probably came in contact with Ayers (or people that were in the same circle as Ayers) during those 3 years.
Then all of the sudden, in late 1988, 5 years after graduating from Columbia University in NY, Obama is enrolled in Harvard Law School.

Did Ayers and his connections get Obama into Harvard? Was Obama being groomed by political handlers for the future?

(Note: Just prior to entering Harvard, Obama traveled to Europe for three weeks and then for five weeks in Kenya. Where did he get the money? He is going to Harvard, it costs lots of money, and he is jetting at considerable cost to Europe and Africa? All on a community organizer’s salary???)

Once Obama graduated from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago. Obama could have theoretically written his ticket to any job after Harvard, but he returned to Chicago.
Did he owe Ayers & Co.? Was Obama being groomed by political handlers for the future?

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Side note: Does anyone know how Obama got into Harvard? (The average GPA is 3.9 to get in and LSAT scores of 176).
Obama was out of college for five years and then all of the sudden he is in Harvard. How?
In his book does he discuss this application process to Harvard? (One has to apply nearly a year ahead of time.) Only 8% of those students accepted have been out of school for over 5 years. Obama had been out of school 5 years.
How did Obama get into Harvard and who paid for it?

albill on September 23, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Please, McCain and Palin, hit them in the debates with this information!

Will they have the guts?

PattyJ on September 23, 2008 at 10:37 AM

How did Obama get into Harvard and who paid for it?

albill on September 23, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Already well-documented … do your homework.

gh on September 23, 2008 at 10:40 AM

http://www.barackbook.com/

unmeritedfavor on September 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

First off, we should note what this isn’t. It’s not a smoking gun revealing criminal activity, and not a precursor to an armed overthrow of American government, although Ayers has done both in his lifetime and still talks approvingly of at least the latter. The program outlined by Kurtz breaks no laws, and Kurtz never claims otherwise.

I’m disgusted by the lack of coverage of this issue and I’m equally disheartened by how it is portrayed even in right-wing circles (and on blogs such as these).

Why do we, and Ed Morrissey of all people, treat this with such kid gloves? The quote above is a typical example of reading the right blogosphere today. Yes its true the Kurtz article isn’t a ‘smoking gun revealing criminal activity’ but that completely misses the point. This issue has always been about Obama’s associations with leftist radicalism. This article IS a smoking gun that Obama is an out and out liar.

As for the assertion that this is ‘not a precursor to the armed overthrow of the American government’, well Ed, exactly what does Leftist, Marxist indoctrination of school kids breed down the road? A lot of angry adults with radically violent intentions aimed at the American government and society.

JonPrichard on September 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Media. Does. Not. Care.

People. Will. Not. Know.

fossten on September 23, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Except the media does care and they’ll suppress it to help Obama get elected so the end result is the same as you stated.

Yakko77 on September 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

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