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Why is Obama Hiding the Truth About William Ayers? Follow the Money

Barack Obama is not telling the truth about his relationship with Bill Ayers. There is more to this story than is already known, but Obama and his campaign are working hard to obfuscate and cover up the matter. Why? Because Barack Obama has had a close personal and business relationship with Bill Ayers that predates his run for the Illinois State Senate, and it is incumbent on the Senator from Illinois to come clean.

In fact, Barack worked for Bill Ayers for at least eight years and the press, so far, has not investigated this matter.

I predicted on this blog four months ago that Barack’s relationship with an unrepentant terrorist would become a heated issue in the presidential contest. Although Obama insists that he barely knows Ayers, this is not true. Democrats, beware — the problems of Obama’s associations with Ayers will create serious problems in the fall campaign if he is the candidate. Republicans take heart — if Barack is the nominee, your only problem will be deciding whether or focus your campaign attack ads on Obama’s questionable ties to the corrupt Tony Rezko, the racist Jeremiah Wright, the terrorist group Hamas, or the unrepentant bomber, William Ayers.

Can it be true that Obama is hiding the reality of the relationship? I will let you, the reader, decide for yourself.

In the ABC News debate in Philadelphia on April 16, Obama was asked about Ayers for the first time in a prominent public forum. It’s important to read the entire exchange in order to see that George Stephanopoulos’s question was precise in seeking information and that Obama’s answer was dismissive of the query and certain in refuting any close tie.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And, Senator, if you get the nomination, you’ll have to beat back these distractions.

And I want to give Senator Clinton a chance to respond, but first a follow-up on this issue, general theme of patriotism, in your relationships. A gentleman named William Ayers. He was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.

And, in fact, on 9/11, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” An early organizing meeting for your State Senate campaign was held at his house and your campaign has said you are “friendly.”

Can you explain that relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?

OBAMA: George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about. 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.

And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George….

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.

Nice try, Barack. He conveniently forgot to mention what was already on the blogs — that Ayers held the first fundraiser at his home to help launch Obama’s state senate campaign in 1995; and that the two men have sat on the board of a private foundation in Chicago, the Woods Fund, for years, giving grants to, among others, a radical Palestinian activist named Rashid Khalidi.

But William Ayers was not just some guy who “lives in Barack’s neighborhood.” He is a well-known and controversial Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And Obama wants you to believe that he knew nothing of Ayers views or politics even though Barack participated in public forums with him there? I don’t think so.

But that is not all. Barack also was essentially an employee of Bill Ayers for eight years.

In 1995, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge was created to raise funds to help reform the Chicago public schools. One of the architects of the Challenge was none other than Professor Bill Ayers. Ayers co-wrote the initial grant proposal and proudly lists himself on his own website as the co-founder of the Challenge.

And who did William Ayers, co-creator of the Challenge, help select as the new director of the board for this program? Barack Obama. Barack Obama was the first Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. This appointment came at a crucial time in Barack’s life. He was on the verge of challenging longtime state Senator Alice Palmer for her job. When Barack decided to run, it is no surprise that he turned to William Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn for help in organizing the campaign and in hosting his first fundraiser in the district.

Obama served on the board for eight years until the Challenge ended in 2003. Bill Ayers was intimately involved in the Challenge over this same time period.

Now, let’s revisit Obama’s claim about Ayers in the ABC debate:

“Not someone I’ve accepted endorsement of, it’s not someone I exchange ideas with on a regular basis…”

That is a lie. Both parts of Obama’s statement are obviously false. Obama not only evaded Stephanopoulos’s question, he was deliberately deceptive and misleading.

Ayers helped select Obama to exercise a leadership role on the Annenberg Challenge. And Obama wants us to believe they never talked? Never exchanged ideas? Never identified issues to raise and policies to pursue? What is Barack hiding?

Senator Obama, how did you become acquainted with William Ayers? When and how did you and Bill meet?

Maybe Barack met Bill Ayers through his wife, Michelle Obama? That is one possibility. Michelle started working at the Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago in in the summer of 1988 (and stayed there until 1991). Who else worked there? None other than Bill Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who worked at Sidley from 1984 through 1988. Indeed, she is widely thought in Chicago to have gotten this position due to the influence of her father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, former CEO of Commonwealth Edison, who was one of the law firm’s biggest clients.

In the aftermath of the ABC debate, no one in the mainstream media has dared probe into this relationship. The most informative article to appear since then has been written by Steve Diamond, law professor on the faculty of Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California, on his blog, on April 22. None of what he reports has appeared in any major media outlet.

Here are key excerpts from Diamond’s report:

So, who “sent” Obama? The key I think is his ties…to the family of (in)famous former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers – not just Bill Ayers, but Bill’s father Tom Ayers and his brother John as well. Obama was a community organizer from about 1985 to 1988, when he left for Harvard Law School. . . .

Active in the local control-from-below side of this effort was Bill Ayers who had returned to Chicago in 1987 as a professor of education at the University of Illinois’ Chicago Circle campus, after surfacing from the underground, as well as Barack Obama’s Developing Communities Project (DCP). . . .

Thus, Bill Ayers was a vigorous advocate of local control along with a related concept called “small schools,” most likely because he believes it gives him the potential to build a political base from which to operate. He has discussed these ideas in speeches and writings on his blog. As he said in a speech he gave in front of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in late 2006: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion es revolucion!” . . . .

In the fall of 1988, however, Obama left the city to go off to law school. My best guess, though, is that it was in that 86-88 time frame that Obama likely met up with the Ayers family. I will explain why I believe that in a minute. Interestingly, after his first year in law school Obama returned in the summer of 1989 to work as a summer associate at the prestigious Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin. This in and of itself is a bit unusual. Very few top-tier law students work for big law firms during their first summer. The big law firms discourage it because if you work for them in the first summer you are likely to work for a second firm the following year and then the firms have to compete to get you.

So, why or how did Obama — at that point not yet the prominent first black president of the Harvard Law Review (that would happen the following year) — end up at Sidley?

Coincidentally, or not, Sidley had been long time outside counsel to Commonwealth Edison. The senior Sidley partner who was their key outside counsel, Howard Trienens, was a member of the board of trustees of Northwestern alongside Tom Ayers (as well as Sidley partner Newton Minow). Coincidentally, or not, Bernardine Dohrn worked at Sidley also, hired there in the late 1980s, many contend, through the intervention of Tom Ayers, even though she is not a member of the bar (as far as I can tell) because of her past jail time for Weather Underground activities. . . .

It is highly unlikely that a 30-something second-year lawyer would have been plucked from relative obscurity out of a left wing law firm to head up something as visible and important in Chicago as the Annenberg Challenge by Bill Ayers — unless Ayers had not already known Obama very well. Obama likely proved himself to Ayers in the battle for local school control when at the DCP in the 80s.

One guess as to why Obama does not play up his educational experience more thoroughly now -– it certainly could be of use to him one would think in beefing up his “I have the experience to be President” argument -– is that it would lead to a renewed discussion of the Bill Ayers connection, which is clearly toxic for Obama. This likely explains why Obama tried a kind of head fake when asked about Ayers in the recent TV debate. Obama said Ayers was a “professor of english.” Yet, Obama chaired the Annenberg Challenge for three years and served on its board for another three years, working closely with Ayers on grants to Chicago schools. And he did not know that Ayers was a professor of education? That strains credulity.

One final curiosity: Here’s yet another bizarre incident involving Ayers, reported in The New Yorker in 2001. Did Obama happen to be at this neighborhood event? We imagine he wouldn’t recall.

Dohrn teaches law at Northwestern University and is, at fifty-nine, still notably glamorous. Ayers, who is fifty-six, teaches education at the University of Illinois at Chicago; his business card reads “Distinguished Professor, University Scholar, Educator, Activist, Peacemaker, Flash-of-Lightning.” The night I got to Chicago, the couple was giving a party, timed to coincide with the booksellers’ convention, which was being held downtown… Ayers’s memoir, titled “Fugitive Days,” is coming out this fall, and he was handing his guests promotional stick-on tattoos of the Weatherman symbol–a three-colored rainbow crossed by a lightning bolt. He showed me a larger version of the symbol tattooed on his upper back.

It is of vital importance to clarify Barack’s relationship with Ayers. This is not a casual relationship. It is not a recent relationship. And, as reported in an earlier piece on this blog, Ayers has not changed his tune of political radicalism. I don’t challenge his right to believe such things, but Ayers certainly does not reflect the views of most Americans, both Democrats and Republicans. Why is Barack lying about this relationship? That is the question voters deserve to have asked and answered.

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  • Debra Beeson

    I do want to put in that I am not very political, I’m just curious about what I’ve heard and read in the news and related articles. And if these things are true why hasn’t there been a lot more digging and exposing earlier in the campaign, just for the fact that these are very serious implications and accusations. Why?

  • Debra Beeson

    I read where he wasn’t even presenting his birth certificate , he said it was nobodies business. What’s that coming from somebody running for president? Why is L.A. times withholding information? His minister hates white America and Obama only stopped going there for political reasons. He was seen nodding his head in affirmation when the minister was preaching anti-white. He had a lot of audacity saying he wasn’t aware of the comments, a lot of nerve saying he was only 8 when Ayers was with the weathermen but failed to mention the rest of his associations with him, Resko, and Palestine terrorists, also excepting two big donations from two Palestines, who we know hate Israel. He was even seen with Ayers and a Palestine terrorist. His mother was a left-wing communist sympathizer. Does the apple fall very far from the tree?

  • b jones

    “Electing Yobama would be like elected Ayres..” …
    NOT. — but that’s the bottom-line misconception promoted here.

  • Steve Elder

    What I can’t figure out is way the media wants him to be President. Is it because it will generate even more news if he gets elected and falls on his face.
    But it has to be more than that.
    Electing Yobama would be like elected Ayres..

    But then again it sounds like a liberal. They are against the military..until someone knocks over their precious twin towers..then they want all the southern moms to send their kids into battle to fight for new yorks honor…

  • AL

    You people either need a reality check or maybe
    just some reality in general.
    If Obama steps to the podium with Ayres at his
    side he gets my vote.
    That would be the first time in 30 years I voted
    outside the republican ticket

    • AnninCA

      Why is that, AL? I can’t fathom why a Republican for 30 years would admire Ayers.

      • AL

        The possibilty of a third party pres. went away
        150 yrs. ago. Since then we(the people) just choose
        the lesser of 2 evils. Neither party has any real concern for the real majority. Listen to the numbers.
        Tax breaks if you make under $250.000 yr.. A $5.000
        tax credit toward health ins..
        $250.000 & under is a large % of the Amer. workforce
        If you drop that to $35.000 yr. & under the % does not change much.
        Both parties are owned by various big money & corp. interests. I’m not even sure we are really involved
        in the election proccess anylonger.
        50 yrs. ago Ayers was in volved in what he believed
        was a fight against a corrupt govt. that had lost sight of who they worked for(the people)and what
        their job was.He was correct.Unfortunatly he,we,us
        lost.
        Since then,(30 yrs.)through academic endevours he
        has continued to be a champion for the masses.
        The man is brillant but his ideas don’t fit w/ a
        government “By the money for the money”.
        Obama talks about changing Washington but has sur-
        rounded with SOS.
        McCain talks about being a maverick, still, SOS.
        Either party that indicates they intend to tap into
        Americas best minds(that don’t have the word financial first)would be a real treat.

    • Newly Independent

      So you hate America too, Al??

      • AL

        N0. America is still the land of the free.
        Problem is, we’ve had some of our rights & freedoms
        kicked around but raising your voice or shaking your fist does no good unless its a fistful of $100 dollar bills, $50s no longer work.
        The system is still the greatest but we have lost control of our public servants & in doing so become
        the servant of a corp. system.
        We need to restaff our entire system.
        This must be done starting at a local level. We still have some control there.

  • Barbara

    I just wish the american people research all there is about Obama…I want to know the facts about the candadates and their beliefs..God already knows who will be the next president…Alot does have to do with race being an issue…I work with alot of black americans and yes they are all voting for Obama..that is the number one reason…I will vote McCain …he has years of experience and not linked to any terrorists…the media needs to ask Obama more questions about his ties with William Arey …Obama lies pretty well…dont believe him…he is the Anti-Christ we have been warned about…please research this man and dont vote for him..America will suffer!!!!

    • AL

      Religious zealots need to be locked in the
      basement of a burning church.
      There is surley no place for them in America
      or its goverment!

    • mamma

      he may be the anti-christ i feel like i am in russia he demands this and demands that listen to his speeches

  • mary

    He is only 1/8th black! He wouldn’t make a pimple on a Black mans behind!
    this man is scary, he is a MOUTH and thats all. Wouldn’t know the truth if it poked him in the eye!
    heaven help the USA if this black man gets into office!!

  • Rubicon

    If you want socialism & if you want a central government telling you what is fair & what is not, whether you approve or not, vote for Obama.
    If you believe the story line, hook, line & sinker, that was the HBO movie “Recount” then vote for Obama.
    Bush will be gone soon. McCain-Palin are NOT Bush & any fool who thinks they are, is simply trying to sell Obama to you.
    Obama & company sank Hillary using sexism as their method. they will employ the same tactic with McCain-Palin, plus Obama will use the racism tactic.
    In fact, it was Obama who has been using race as an issue because he could not get the Republicans to use it. He could accuse them, he could get his left wing buddies to make it look like they were, he could count on the media to promote such crap, BUT, he knew he would have to use it to get that sympathy vote.
    Remember, Obama is the first one to bring it up & he is the one who said, “oh by the way, did I mention I’m black?”

    • AL

      right on
      but, if he mans up w/ayres I have to give him a second
      look.
      don’t worry, he’ll deny even knowing the man.

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  • Howad

    There are millions of us Clinton supporters who
    totally agree with Harriet Christian.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KACQuZVAE3s

  • Howad

    It’s amazing how the Obama supporters continue to use nasty insults towards Clinton supporters, who are dissatisfied with the DNC’s decision to blow off Hillary. This ongoing disrespect and arrogance is part of the reason why many, many Clinton supporters will either move towards McCain, or stay home in November.

    • mamma

      Don’t stay home go out and vote for McCain/Palin My family will vote as democrats for McCain

  • Howad

    I watched the new HBO television movie
    RECOUNT last night, and many of the tactics
    employed by the over zealous George W
    supporters back in 2000, like trying to stop
    the vote recount, trying to get Gore to quit
    before all the votes were in, and the smear
    tactics against Al Gore, are now being done
    by the far left democrats, against Hillary Clinton.
    Also, like Gore, Hillary could win the popular vote,
    but, like the 2000 George W supporters, the
    Obama supporters don’t care about this point,
    even though it’s the bedrock of democracy.
    Unlike Gore who quit his bid for the oval office,
    rather than stand up against the courts, Hillary
    has the guts and Presidential qualities to stay in
    the race, and win.
    Vote for Hillary Clinton ’08

  • MEE

    totally agree on still trying to hide relationship with Ayers…yes I guess he actually worked for Ayers while on Challenge..on subject of Sidney Austin I saw article on USA Today of Obama “denies tie to lobbyists”….where Sidney Austin has pledged $300,000 to campaign. Remember Thomas ayers had a lot to do at this firm and where Michele Obama worked along-side Bill Ayer’s wife Beredine Dohrn
    (1998-1991)and didn’t Obama himself work there in summer of 1989??good job for just out of college mmmmmmm…. Yes he and the misses had a much deeper relation with Ayers

  • Howad

    Obama is the least qualified, least experienced candidate … not to mention the continuing pattern of unsavory Obama associations … some lasting over 20 years. Of course these facts don’t matter to the Obama supporters, who like cult members, follow him with blind faith, as if they all were sharing one brain. The blogs of Obama supporters have been extremely arrogant, sarcastic and condescending towards Mrs.Clinton and her supporters (even though Mrs. Clinton has received 17 million votes) however they will need us Clinton supporters in November, if they want to get their messiah elected … and, after the way they have disrespected Mrs. Clinton, as well as her supporters, I suggest they look elsewhere to get their cult leader elected.

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  • Susan

    Blame it on DNC who put him there.I wonder what’s in their pass?np

  • w.

    Your demonization of the law firm of Sidley Austin is laughable. A quick Google search would have revealed the following SHOCKING revelation (from the known leftist source Wikipedia):

    “Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is one of the oldest law firms in the world. It is the sixth-largest U.S.-based corporate law firm with over 1,800 lawyers, annual revenues of more than one billion dollars, and offices in 16 cities worldwide, with the most recent addition of Sydney, Australia, in May 2007. It is a full-service law firm, with broad experience in transaction and litigation matters. Its original predecessor firm was founded in 1866 and had Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of President Abraham Lincoln, among its earliest clients.”

    Mary Todd Lincoln? It would appear that Obama, through his wife, through Sidley and its former iterations tracked out over the course of 140+ years of history, is a closet Republican with close ties to assassinated Republicans’ wives. But isn’t Obama a declared DEMOCRAT? That’s a damnable contradiction. He’s obviously playing both sides of the aisle for votes. Zounds!
    —————————-
    Also, this: I “heard” from “sources” that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim. I know that he’s a liberal muslim because he doesn’t wear flag pins and turned down a coffee and closed the door to poop in a diner bathroom in Muncie, Indiana while some say that he was actually covertly bowing to Mecca. His wife is evil because I saw a photo taken of her just before she sneezed at a PTA meeting at her childrens’ liberal private school that made her look like the devil because she totally had red-eye. In both eyes! Plus, he’s black! You know blacks are all un-American because their roots are in another country and we whites had to drag them here kicking and screaming in the first place! Go Republicans! Go America! Pass it on!

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  • http://www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com Eric Dondero

    Why are you surprised that the Democrats seem unconcerned about Obama’s ties to Ayers? The Democrat Party has become increasingly apologetic and even supportive of terrorism in recent years. The fully welcome groups like CAIR and other Islamic radicals into their coalition, particularly in the Chicago area.

    Ayers is a home grown terrorist. Of course, he would be welcomed with open arms into the Democrat Party and the Obama campaign.

    Really! Democrats supporting terrorism is old news. The apathetic American public won’t even care.

    I wish that wansn’t the case, but Americans have moved on since 9/11. It’s old news. Fighting Islamic Terrorism is no longer an issue for the majority of Americans. Nowadays, all that matters is getting more and more government handouts.

    Eric Dondero
    Libertarian Republican blog

  • MC Blundy

    Congratulations to the sources that helped to present this story because with the passage of time we become more aware of the risks associated with an Obama Presidency. I believe he is not only extremely vulnerable to extortion by the many characters who helped him over the years but in fact with grifters like Auchi, Rezko…etc… and those we do not know yet, he could become in fact the first POTUS who was a mole of a foreign entity. I have no doubt that they got his number and can wait for him to make it to 1600 Penn. Ave to begin milking this young cow.

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  • http://dianej.wordpress.com DianeJ

    I re-read the article and I have to say it is darn good reporting. Mr. Johnson thank you for all the hard work you do. Obama clearly is a liar.