Can someone please try to explain to me (in an unbiased way) how Barack Obama is connected with Bill Ayers.?
I am looking for an unbiased article of some sort, but with all the biased media I have trouble finding it. I just want to form my opinions myself. I just want to know just how exactly Obama is connected to Bill Ayers. Thanks!
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
They both served on a charity board with 9 others including a former adviser in the Reagan administration. The charity is/was funded by a wealthy Republican and they accept grant applications and gave money to things like PBS's Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street programs. They both taught at the University of Chicago. Ayers---by then---had been named Man of the Year for his contributions to education theory. Avery, a war protester during the Vietnam War who went to far, could hardly be called a terrorist anymore by the time they met.
- cardgirl2Lv 61 decade ago
William Ayers was a domestic terrorist in the 60's. He bombed the Pentagon, Police Headquarters and 7 people were killed. He went underground but finally was caught and got off scott free on a technicality. He then went main stream, but continued to keep his radical/socialist views and eventually became a Professor and taught in college. Through the years, he became very infuential in Chicago liberal politics and when Obama wanted to run for office for the legislature his coming out party was launched in Ayer's home. He continued to keep a friendship with this unrepentant terrorist, who said at one time, he wished he had did more in the bombings. He served on boards with Ayers; and there was definitely a close connection with this terrorist. Now to me this shows blind ambition and very poor judgement. Ayers was useful, and he repudiated him when pressed and threw him under the bus, but I am concerned, because Barack Obama's past shows his associations are always outside of the mainstream...fringe groups; suspect friends; and felons; and he was funneling money through the legislature to Ayer's pet projects...radicalizing Chicago children...His joining Rev. Wright's radical church was another ploy to indocrinate himself with a political/radical church which had much influence in Chicago...He remained in the church 20 years listening to Wright's radical/racist rantings at the pulpit and only when pressed, he first did not, but then he threw him under the bus...His history is very suspect and even his birth certificate is in question. He may not even be born in the U.S.! So an unbiased article? I doubt it...If you go to NAACP, biased because they are mostly black; Conservative websites and blogs; they are biased because they are white...You should read: The Case Against Barack Obama, by David Freddesio; and also The Obama Nation, by Corsi; I don't know his first name..I read the first one and it is enlightening and very very interesting. So read both sides; and you will make your own decision...I feel he has no experience; he has suspect friends and acquaintenances; and his association with ACORN; his lies; his use of the race card when convenient when he doesn't want to answer a pointed question that would put him in a bad light...so it is just a gut feeling I have, that he is not prepared to be President of the U.S....he seems to be a pawn of the liberal/radical left who is bent on making this country a Socialist State...So do you homework...and you will be surprised at what he is hiding in his closet.
- J&JLv 51 decade ago
People will say this is biased because it comes from Bill O'Reilly - but it is from an interview with Obama. His own words regarding Ayers should mean something to you... the link is worth a read.
"OBAMA: Now, on this Ayers thing, would you — you know, you've been hyping, Bill, pretty good.
O'REILLY: Not that much. You know, you were on the Woods Foundation.
OBAMA: Well, but here's the bottom line.
OBAMA: This guy did something despicable 40 years ago.
O'REILLY: You know, he did something despicable last week. He said he didn't do enough bombings. That's last week.
OBAMA: I haven't seen the guy in a year-and-a-half. But…
O'REILLY: But you know who he was. He's on the Woods Foundation board. You know he…
OBAMA: Let me finish my point, all right? Here's a guy who does something despicable when I'm 8 years old.
OBAMA: All right? I come to Chicago. He's working with Mayor Richard Daley, not known to be a radical. So, he and I know each other as a consequence of work he's doing on education. That is not an endorsement of his views. That's not…
O'REILLY: Yes, but you guys partnered up on a youth crime bill. Do you remember that?
OBAMA: And it was a good bill.
O'REILLY: No, it wasn't. That bill said that if a youth commits a second violent felony, he does time in an adult prison. That's two shots. You said no. You know the Southside of Chicago. You know how many people are hurt.
OBAMA: Listen, you're absolutely right. My community gets hit by crime more than…
O'REILLY: And I'm right on that bill. You were wrong on that bill.
OBAMA: Well, I disagree with you on that bill. We're getting too far afield here.
O'REILLY: That's important though. You and Ayers were allied on that bill.
OBAMA: No, no. Look, he didn't write that bill.
O'REILLY: No, he was supporting it, and so were you.
O'REILLY: But you guys were together on it.
OBAMA: Hold on a second. Now we're getting…
O'REILLY: All right. If that's unfair, I'm sorry.
OBAMA: That's pretty flimsy. Here's the point, right? This guy is not part of my campaign. He's not some adviser of mine. He is somebody who worked on education issues in Chicago that I know.
The problem that your viewers, your guys that — your folks, the folks you champion, the problem you're going through, the problems they're going through with trying to pay their bills, trying to keep their job, trying to move up in this world, their problem isn't Bill Ayers. It was Bill Ayers 40 years ago when he was blowing stuff up."
- leopardladyLv 61 decade ago
Obama was on some committee with Ayers. I have no real problem with that as long as he didn't appoint him to that committee.
But when Obama officially entered politics, they had Obama's political "coming out party" at the Ayers' house. That tells me there was a close relationship. That Obama respected Ayers.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
"And then Axelrod gave us still more lies: “There’s no evidence that Obama in any way subscribed to any of Ayers’ views.”
Oh yeah? Well, Mr. Axelrod, how do you explain Obama’s breathless endorsement of Ayers’s 1997 Leftist polemic on the criminal-justice system, A Kind and Just Parent? As Stanley Kurtz has recounted, Ayers’s book is a radical indictment of American society: We, not the criminals, are responsible for the violent crime that plagues our cities; even the most vicious juvenile offenders should not be tried as adults; prisons should eventually be replaced by home detention; American justice is comparable to South Africa under Apartheid. Obama’s reaction? He described the book as “a searing and timely account” — a take even the Times concedes was a “rave review.”
Obama and Ayers shared all kinds of views. That is why they worked so well together at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), funding the likes of Mike Klonsky, a fellow SDS and Maoist associate of Ayers who, as Steve Diamond relates, used to host a “social justice” blog on Obama’s campaign website. With Obama heading the board of directors that approved expenditures and Ayers, the mastermind running its operational arm, hundreds of thousands of CAC dollars poured into the “Small Schools Workshop” — a project begun by Ayers and run by ....
- 1 decade ago
HEY THERE GUY is the most correct.
I am sure Obama knew about Ayers' past, and had moved on. He had no ties to the man when he was in the 50's and 60's. Please name one person who was a radical thinker, whether their cause was racism, women's rights, or issues with American government, Draft dodgers. They were very harsh in getting their point across.
Some of these same people are now Community activist/politicians/Senators fighting nonviolently for the causes they still believe in.
- karpinskiLv 43 years ago
The Obama sheep will shop on with him even while he converts them to Islam, the terrorist's faith. do no longer you like how the Obama sheep let us know to no longer have faith in each and everything the media says yet then turns around and placed up the hyperlink to the #a million democratic propaganda media or how approximately those infants on right here who purely insult you instead of answer your question. that's so popular of the Obama sheep. President McCain has already gained.
- 1 decade ago
Obama was on a board of education in Chicago run by a conservative (forget his name) who wanted to fix the inequality and run down inner city Chicago schools...Bill Ayers was on the same board.
- sfdiegoLv 51 decade ago
Who knows, the only one who would truly know would be Ayres and Obama and neither is speaking about it except for the occassional lie Obama throws out there for his followers to swallow!
- bwloboLv 71 decade ago
Bill Ayers isn't out bombing anymore, but he has never stopped being a radical. His ties to hostile Marxist regimes remain, raising more questions about Barack Obama's refusal to fully repudiate him.