Obama campaign story contradicted by Bill Ayers
BY DYLAN SKRILOFF
Just in case one or two people still would like to keep score: this week 1960s/70s left-wing subversive and “former” avowed enemy of the United States Constitution, Bill Ayers, again confirmed that Barack Obama held a fundraiser in his home, reportedly in 1995 during his first campaign for state Senate.
During the 2008 presidential campaign Obama’s staff categorically denied any such fundraiser. Ayers admitted to the fundraiser in 2011, but GOP contender Mitt Romney did not bring up the apparent lie during the 2012 presidential campaign.
It is always possible that Ayers is the one lying, of course, given his track record.
In an interview last week with the Daily Beast Ayers said, “We were friendly, that was true; we served on a couple of boards together, that was true; he held a fundraiser in our living room, that was true; Michelle [Obama] and Bernardine were at the law firm together, that was true. Hyde Park in Chicago is a tiny neighborhood, so when he said I was ‘a guy around the neighborhood,’ that was true.”
Ayers claims he is not close to Obama, but wishes he was. “Today, I wish I knew him better and he was listening to me. Obama’s not a radical. I wish he were, but he’s not,” said the former leader of the Weather Underground and son of millionaire financier Tom Ayers.
Since his rabble rousing youth, Ayers has become a professor of education at the University of Chicago, Illinois, as well as an influential member of the community, serving on several local boards. He worked with Obama in the 1990s on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which doled out education grants. Obama was chair and his board granted millions to projects headed by Ayers, reports said.
Fellow radical Bernardine Dohrn, who served nearly a year in jail for failing to cooperate in the Rockland County Brinks robbery investigation, is the longtime wife of Ayers. Incidentally, the Ayers family adopted the son of Kathy Boudin, one of the Brinks getaway drivers and longtime member of the Weather Underground.
Boudin served 22 years and has recently been shown, like Ayers and Dohrn, to be well-employed within academia.
It is still unclear just how close Obama and Ayers were, or still are, but the relationship has been shown to go beyond the incidental nature that Obama portrayed during his 2008 campaign.
It must be questioned, how much can persons like Ayers, Dohrn and Boudin really change?
Bernardine Dohrn, for example, is infamously quoted as saying of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles, “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!”