Videos: The Ayers connection; Update: Obama doesn’t read newspapers?

posted at 9:32 am on October 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

This morning, we have a series of videos dealing with the intersection of William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Obamas. Sarah Palin’s accusation that Barack Obama “palled around with terrorists” has Team Obama attempting to play defense on the morning talk shows. David Axelrod went first and tried to play the Ignorance Is Bliss card:

JIM ACOSTA: Now a college professor in Chicago, Ayers and Obama served together several years on a nonprofit board. And in 1995 Ayers hosted a coffee for Obama when the young community organizer was making his first run for the State Senate. At this point looking back, should he not have done that?

DAVID AXELROD: Well I mean, when he went, he certainly — he didn’t know the history.

ACOSTA: The Democratic nominee’s chief strategist David Axelrod maintains Obama at that time had no idea about Ayers’ violent past.

Next, Robert Gibbs attempts to say the same thing, as well as calling it a “distraction” again:

ROBERTS: I just want to try to get to the heart of it so that people at home can understand. Our Jim Acosta talked with your senior strategist David Axelrod about this. In 1995 William Ayers held kind of a get to know you event at his place where he was introducing Barack Obama to the political culture there in Chicago when he was running for the state senate for the first time. David Axelrod said that at that meeting Senator Obama was not aware of Ayers’ radical background. Is that true?

GIBBS: Look, if that’s what David said, that is true. look, again, this is a relationship, excuse me, that Barack Obama has condemned the actions of Bill Ayers. This is somebody that “”The New York Times”” said Barack Obama’s not close to, and, again, John, this is a way of distracting the American people from what’s important. just in this more than’s paper John McCain’s campaign said if we talk about the economy, we lose. That’s why we’re seeing the type of dishonorable, dishonest, despicable smear campaign that you see right now with only four weeks to go in this election.

Of course, voters have to make up their own mind as to whether associating with domestic terrorists is just a “distraction” or an indictment on the judgment of the candidate. However, both Axelrod and Gibbs make it clear that judgment is applicable here. The Obamas had a long association lasting several years with Ayers and Dohrn, serving on two boards together and working for Ayers for several years at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Does Axelrod now want to argue that Obama never learned about Ayers’ radical politics and track record as a Weather Underground terrorist? How clueless would Obama have to be to miss that?

As this video shows — very, very clueless (via Public Secrets):

Ayers was hardly quiet about his life and his aspirations. He wrote a book about it in 2001. Chicago Magazine did a lengthy profile of him at the time, complete with pictures of Ayers standing on an American flag thrown on the ground in an alley. Nevertheless, Obama continued to work with Ayers at the Woods Fund and work together on public events. Either Obama liked what Ayers did, or he’s the most clueless politician to have ever reached the US Senate, and neither commends itself as a recommendation for a presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin attracted considerable outrage from the media for publicly pointing out Obama’s association with Ayers and Dohrn as “palling around with terrorists”. However, she forced the media to finally start covering it, as the CNN clips show, and to put Obama on the defensive over it. As we see here, that defense looks terribly weak.

Update: Erick Erickson says that Obama would have had to avoid local media altogether in 1996 to miss the mentions of his friend and neighbor.  In 1996, the Democrats held their national convention in Chicago, and Ayers got a lot of attention beginning with the decision in 1994:

At the height of this exposure, major media outlets were quoting Bill Ayers and pointing out his radical past.

What else happened in 1996 when the media was reminiscing about the Democratic Convention of 1968, and interviewing key players like Bill Ayers?

Bill Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama.

And we’re really supposed to believe Obama did not know, by 1996, given all the major media coverage of the 1996 Democratic Convention going back to Chicago despite the 1968 riots — including local and national media interviews with Bill Ayers on the subject — that Obama did not know?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

David Axelrod, stand-up comedian.


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JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Excellent video. I’ve read Corsi’s book which spells this all out. But don’t “forget about Ayers” as they are all connected; they all want a communist revolution by any means necessary.

Disturb the Universe on October 6, 2008 at 1:09 PM

A must see. I have never heard of this before. Maybe this is old news. Obama’s connection and relation with his cousin, Communist Raila Odinga, of Kenya. Also attempting to takeover in Kenya. Agitating and fanning the flames of violence.
Must watch until the end to see the close connection Obama has with this man. Just posted on YouTube
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QcpdUtxNQ&feature=related

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I missed this excellent comment earlier:

Since 0bama was unaware of Ayers/Dohrn history, Rev Wrights racist anti americam rants, Resko’s financial manipulations in his favor, the job given his wife in payment for pork shoveled to her boss, and numerous other things one can only conclude that he is too stupid to be even a city councillor, much less POTUS

Amazed on October 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 1:14 PM

canopfor on October 6, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I hope their armed I haven’t had to shoot an unarmed man yet!

dhunter on October 6, 2008 at 1:14 PM

I think “the judgment of the candidate” is the wrong message to approach this. The problem is not that Obama’s judgment is bad, it’s that his personal ideology matches that of Ayers.
philwynk on October 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Yes, but the first order of business is to expose the fact that he’s lying about knowing their background, and to try to force him to explain why. He’s an extremely accomplished liar.

Nichevo on October 6, 2008 at 1:18 PM

“David Axelrod, stand-up comedian.” He’d be funny if he didn’t
have a dangerous mind and an arrogant countenance. BUCKET!

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 12:50 PM: Thank you for that
link. I hope folks like Hannity get to this association, it is recent and very, very ugly.

Christine on October 6, 2008 at 1:19 PM

SarahCuda put the crack in the foundation that will eventually burst and destroy that scum sucking, terrorist sympathizing slime bag Oslime-a and his whitey hating militant wife.

csdeven on October 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I forgot to say that I had seen/heard Jerome Corsi on H & C (in a small part of the YouTube clip linked above) mention Odinga. Now i know more about him and his evil-doing. Scary.

Christine on October 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM

“JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM”

meh — that relationship is much more tenuous.

the hierarchy of “barry’s legion of commie/jihadi friends” should be [jmo of course]: ayers, dohrn, wright, pfleger, moss, rezko, al-mansour, khalidi, odinga

Buckaroo on October 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Disturb the Universe on October 6

Not forgetting about Ayers,, this just seems even worse than Ayers! This communist relative in Kenya is encouraging his supporters to riot, his mobs are killing people, burning them alive in churches!! While basing his campaign on CHANGE! And there is ol Obama right in the middle, up on stage with him!! All smiles!
My God!! This is incredible!
Kenya style communism! Welcome to America!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QcpdUtxNQ&feature=related
These high polls will also set the stage if McCain wins,, for massive riots! Tell me,, does anyone actually believe the Chicago thug who encourages “in your face arguing” is going to tell his Obama Youth to be cool with his loss?
When and if Obama loses,, you better plan to take time off now, from work, over Nov 4, to keep an eye on your property!

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 1:23 PM

From Powerline on Axelrod’s new defence

This is rather like a person claiming that he had worked closely with Arnold Schwarzenegger for years, but had no idea that he was once a bodybuilder and movie actor. Ayers’ and Dohrn’s radical past is their only claim to fame.

CanadianGuy on October 6, 2008 at 1:27 PM

I hope someone digs up the video of Ayers and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela discussing revolution through education.

Ayers, palling around with Chavez.
Obama, palling around with Ayers.

Close enough.

PattyJ on October 6, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Ayers’ and Dohrn’s radical past is their only claim to fame.

And they are never shy about discussing it — except now, when neither will answer calls or emails for a statement about their relationship to Obama.

How interesting — the relationship of three individuals is in the news for months, and the media doesn’t question that the normally garrulous and flamboyantly defiant ones are now silent on the matter.

Nichevo on October 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Of course Obama knew all about Ayers.

Terrye on October 6, 2008 at 1:58 PM

WOW!

I am watching Hannity’s show about Obambi’s past… it’s exactly what America needs to know about their beloved ‘community organizer’.

Just wow. Well done, Hannity!

techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 2:05 PM

And as good as that is, techno_barbarian, how many people other than Hannity viewers will see this? And meanwhile, Olbermann is slamming Sarah Palin during a football game. And more people will see that and think, oh yeah, that idoit Palin. I remember that.

If we can’t get the message out to all the people who vote, then the people who are getting a pro-Obama and anti-McCain message out in the news, and comedy shows on cable tv, and radio programs and in movies… then the people who vote will not know this.

wise_man on October 6, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Didn’t I read here awhile back that Hugo Chavez had something to do with producing our electronic voting machines??

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 2:47 PM

JellyToast at 2:47pm

I remember that too, and immediately wondered if they have any way to verify that it couldn’t be rigged.

justincase on October 6, 2008 at 2:51 PM

And as good as that is, techno_barbarian, how many people other than Hannity viewers will see this? And meanwhile, Olbermann is slamming Sarah Palin during a football game. And more people will see that and think, oh yeah, that idoit Palin. I remember that.

If we can’t get the message out to all the people who vote, then the people who are getting a pro-Obama and anti-McCain message out in the news, and comedy shows on cable tv, and radio programs and in movies… then the people who vote will not know this.

wise_man on October 6, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Granted. It is what it is, and we just don’t have that many outlets to reach those voters.

Right now, I think our best shot is Sarah Palin, who by her remarks is forcing the msm to cover issues they wouldn’t touch on their own.

Without her, we wouldn’t stand a chance. Don’t count us out. The public is starting to pay attention.

Obambi cannot be allowed to become the most powerful man in the world. He is hugo chavez in the making.

techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Oh, and wise_man, I’m not a Hannity viewer. Never have been. I set the DVR last night because of posts here on HotAir.

And it’s good that the entire show is posted online, as it gives us a way to point people to the info in a medium they’re intimately familiar with.

techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 2:56 PM

SarahCuda put the crack in the foundation that will eventually burst and destroy that scum sucking, terrorist sympathizing slime bag Oslime-a and his whitey hating militant wife.

csdeven on October 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM

It may have to be four years form now we destroy him. In the end the media is running hard interference, the economy is going through a reset, McCain hesitated in trying to nail him, and the American people want ‘change’.

A liberal bobsled course will indeed be ‘change’…

win or lose we need to reunify the party organize the grassroots and purge the RiNOs….

Barry is able to confuse the FM/FM issue and the economy because too many of our RiNOs went along with them on economic issues.

sven10077 on October 6, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Suggestion: how about a nice, graphic TIME LINE of all the Ayers/Obama connections??

Something simple enough for even Obama supporters to grasp?

Would it be too big for a single screen????

That Connie Chung 1998 ABC interview is the most damning – if Obama wasn’t aware by then, he has been in a coma.

fred5678 on October 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM

And it’s good that the entire show is posted online, as it gives us a way to point people to the info in a medium they’re intimately familiar with.

techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 2:56 PM

The other advantage is that you can email it to friends and acquaintances.

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 3:17 PM

The other advantage is that you can email it to friends and acquaintances.

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Yep. And we need to do exactly that. The msm won’t do its job. It falls to each of us to educate our electorate.

techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Medved brought up a good point: Ayers & co. faces were posted all over the post office. Also, his name came up whenever another terrorist was in the news. And there were plenty of incidents in the early 80s and especially in the NY/NJ area. Also, in every alternative paper and Rolling Stone, etc. Obama would have to be deaf dumb and blind not to know.

Blake on October 6, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Obama is a liar. He knew everything. I think he was on the board of the Woods Fund with Ayers when Ayers’ NYT article appeared, and with him standing on the American flag. I don’t know what year “Fugitive Days” came out, but you can bet Obama knew about it, too.

This horsehockey that he just really didn’t know that this guy was an unrepentant radical, that his pastor was a racist pig, that his friend Rashid Khalidi was employed by the PLO – it’s all a lot of bunk.

You don’t have a network of friends like that and not know who they are. That commie bastard knows very WELL, and he knows very well what his “cousin” Odinga is about.

Be afraid, people. Be very afraid.

capitalist piglet on October 6, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Oh, and wise_man, I’m not a Hannity viewer. Never have been. I set the DVR last night because of posts here on HotAir.
techno_barbarian on October 6, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Okay. I understand. But you’re kind of a “Hannity viewer” now. Just not a regular viewer.

wise_man on October 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Medved brought up a good point: Ayers & co. faces were posted all over the post office. Also, his name came up whenever another terrorist was in the news. And there were plenty of incidents in the early 80s and especially in the NY/NJ area. Also, in every alternative paper and Rolling Stone, etc. Obama would have to be deaf dumb and blind not to know.

Blake on October 6, 2008 at 3:38 PM

True, and I recall reading that in one of his books, Barry said that he was a student of the sixties, studying Malcolm X and so forth. How can you study the sixties and miss the ’68 Chicago convention, and the Weather Underground?

I’m trying to find the exact quote…

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM

capitalist piglet on October 6, 2008 at 3:47 PM

To amend this, Ayers’ book came out in 2001 (which is what I thought) – his NYT interview was to promote it, I think.

capitalist piglet on October 6, 2008 at 4:18 PM

The day has come. It’s time that more than a few knew about this.

Take a look, if you are as convinced as I am that this is real, please tell your friends.

Dorvillian on October 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Special Report is covering this now. Juan Williams concedes that Obama has a tie to Ayers, but says that doesn’t prove that Obama shares Ayers’ philosophy. Juan concedes that Ayers helped recruit Obama to the Annenberg challenge board. Mara says relationship with Wright was close, but with Ayers was not.

Y-not on October 6, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Y-not on October 6, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Barnes concedes that he funneled money to ‘radical education groups’ who wanted to turn kids into little revolutionaries, but then kind of pooh pooh’s it as if it’s not that important. He also fails to mention the money that went to Mike Klonsky, Communist China’s best friend in the USA:

One of the first grants awarded in 1995 was a $175,000 Implementation Grant to the Small Schools Workshop. The Workshop had been founded by Bill Ayers in 1992 and was headed up by his former SDS comrade and hardcore Maoist, Mike Klonsky. Klonsky actually visited China and met with its stalinist leaders in the early 1970s. Klonsky still heads up the Small Schools Workshop and, until it was summarily removed, hosted a blog on “social justice” and education issues on the official Barack Obama Presidential campaign website. Hundreds of thousands of dollars more would be forthcoming from the CAC for the Klonsky group.

I beg to disagree, Fred. This is very important indeed.

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 7:14 PM

GOP. com has an excellent summary of the Obama/Ayers relationship.

http://www.gop.com/News/NewsRead.aspx?Guid=768aa784-72f3-4b43-acb6-c5fe81d901cd

rplat on October 6, 2008 at 7:37 PM

sven10077 on October 6, 2008 at 3:00 PM

I was very anti-McCain for the very reasons we see now. But Huckabigot ran interference for him and put Romney out of the running. Had Huckabigot or Romney dropped out, the other would be the nominee.

But, McCain’s our guy and I’m not giving up yet. And if the worse happens and Oslime-a is elected, I’ll hunker down for 4 years and look for a real conservative also.

And, I’m not going to be one of these liberal types that whines for 4 years and decry the end of the USA. The only thing I wont get over easily will be the destruction Michelle will wreak on the decoration of the white house. Turning it into an homage to black culture with stick in my craw. If she does it tastefully than I can live with that, but considering her dislike for whitey, I suspect her actions will be informed by her values.

csdeven on October 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM

He’s lying, been lying, will continue lying. And as long as he has a 80% compliant press, he’ll get away with it. I was having lunch down at the bike week last weekend, the waitress got interested in out discussion. I asked her, “do you know who William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Jeremiah Wright are?”. She did not.

But by the time I got done with lunch she did. It’s amazing how ill informed some people are. She asked me why she’s never heard of them, and I explained that as well.

It’s a crying shame to be informed in the United States that you have to work for it.

Hog Wild on October 6, 2008 at 8:04 PM

“I don’t remember” is the politician’s last line of defense.

Barry doesn’t remember 20 years of church. Thinks the launch pad for his career in politics was at some guy’s house in the neighborhood. Can’t remember a lot of things and he hasn’t even ben indicted of anything, yet.

At least McCain is confused about how many houses he “owns”. I could be too, is that question just ones I hold title to or are you talking about Cindy’s, also? He remembers sermons, who launched his career, what their values are.

Maybe Bama has early onset Alzheimers.

Whatever, still unfit even if he has a Youth Regiment.

Harry Schell on October 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM

As this article by political science professor Steve Diamond explains, William Ayers’ neo-Stalinist education agenda contains four major points:

* the creation of “local school councils” (LSCs) like those that Ayers has promoted in Chicago for the last 20 years;
* “small schools” which Ayers has also promoted since the early 1990s in Chicago and elsewhere;
* the advocacy of what Ayers and others call “social justice” teaching; and
* the payment of reparations through education spending to correct what he has seen for 40 years as the fundamentally racist nature of American society.

Barack Obama has supported the same, four points concerning education throughout his professional career.

The problem is not Barack Obama’s bad judgment, although lots of voters might be better able to understand it as that. The problem is that Obama, himself, is a neo-Stalinist.

philwynk on October 6, 2008 at 8:32 PM

The more I see the pic of Ayers on the main page, the angrier I get.

If Osama Obama was any kind of American he’d be begging our forgiveness for ever having associated with that worthless piece of human trash.

And I, for one, would not and will not forgive him.

MrScribbler on October 6, 2008 at 8:35 PM

To add to it:

Barack Obama’s strategy from his young adulthood appears to have been to keep his radicalism to himself, get along within the system, and rise to a level of power where he could execute a radical agenda from a place of power. This explains why he never let any of his classmates or students know his own opinions about things.

Obama knows that if the evidence of his radical roots get out of the bag, the jig is up. America will never knowingly elect a full-blown radical Stalinist to high office, and he knows it. That’s why he’s been lying about his associations all along, why he’s fighting so hard to keep details about his past covered up, and why he’s truly afraid of the Ayers story.

We need to past Ayers on our foreheads and walk around telling everybody about it. This is the silver stake that we can drive through Obama’s heart.

philwynk on October 6, 2008 at 8:36 PM

past = paste. sheesh.

philwynk on October 6, 2008 at 8:36 PM

riiiiiiiiight, because when somebody has been a domestic terrorist, nobody EVER brings that fact up in conversation. Pffffffffffffffffffttt!!!!!!

“Hey, Barack, this is Bill. He’s a teacher.”

How gullible to these f-tards think people are?

Metro on October 6, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Some large-lunged Mac supporters need to show up at Obambi rallies and chant:

PFLEGER, AYERS, REZKO, WRIGHT!
TIME FOR BARRY TO SAY GOOD NIGHT!

Over and over and over…

profitsbeard on October 7, 2008 at 12:07 AM

I hope someone digs up the video of Ayers and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela discussing revolution through education.

Ayers, palling around with Chavez.
Obama, palling around with Ayers.

Close enough.

Ayer’s adopted son is the offspring of convicted weathermen murderers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. Chesa Boudin wrote a hagiography of the Venezuelan revolution and Chavez. He also was also part of a group that advised Hugo.

There are demonstrable relationships between Latin American revolutionary Marxists and Bill Ayers. Education, the church and other co-opted social institutions are simply mechanisms used toward achieving the same end.

moxie_neanderthal on October 7, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Just started following the lead of others and reading about Mike Klonsky and the CAC papers.

The question was the mechanism by which the funds were distributed and how decisions were made and who made them.

I look forward to reading more about which organizations received money and who is behind those groups. This already has a bad smell about it.

moxie_neanderthal on October 7, 2008 at 1:08 PM

The question was the mechanism by which the funds were distributed and how decisions were made and who made them.
moxie_neanderthal on October 7, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Is this what you’re looking for? It shows all board members and grants approved by year. For instance in 1996 on page 14 you’ll see the grant to Mike Klonsky. Page 40 describes the criteria for getting grants, like a “radically transformed learning environment”.

Buy Danish on October 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

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