Archive for October 19th, 2008


Obama and Ayers Shared Office for Three Years

October 19, 2008

From Hotair & Verum Serum:

Bill Ayers and Barack Obama shared an office. Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, the one Obama directed all that money too is located at 115 S. Sangamon Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607 Here’s a screengrab from the website’s footer:

In 1998, the address for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where Obama presumably worked, was 115 S. Sangamon Street, Chicago, Illinios 60607. Here’s a copy of their 1998 tax return with that address:

Tax Return

Tax Return

The CAC moved to a new address sometime in 1999 or 2000, but the shared office probably persisted for at least three years. I can say for sure that they shared the same building for the years 1995-1998. Here is a 1995 progress report from the CAC with the same address.

Now remember, the NY Times described Obama and Ayers as having “crossed paths.” Ben LaBolt, Obama’s spokesman said:

Mr. LaBolt said the men first met in 1995 through the education project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and have encountered each other occasionally in public life or in the neighborhood.

I’m going to suggest that two guys working in the same building for a period of years probably crossed paths pretty often. Would someone at the Times like to contact Mr. LaBolt for a follow-up?

Also, Obama was a state senator from 1996-2004. However, he still likely spent some significant time at the Sangamon street address, especially in 1995. But even after his election he would presumably be working on his CAC duties at the Sangamon office, not from some other location.

According to this letter dated 1995, Obama’s office was on the 3rd floor:

And according to this memo dated 1996, Small Schools Workshop was also on the 3rd floor:

Do you think maybe Obama and Bill Ayers ran into each other once in a while?

Here is the link to the story with links to the supporting documents from our friends at Verum Serum: