Ayers Confirms “Family Friends” with Obamas

November 14, 2008

I don’t think this would have changed the outcome of the election if it came out before November 4, but it is an interesting reflection on the character of the man who will be President. Unrepentent terrorist, Ayers’ relationship with Obama is far from “Just a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” Anyway, from the Chicago Sun-Times:


In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.


“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.

But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.

“Obama’s political rivals and enemies apparently saw an opportunity to deepen a dishonest narrative about him, that he is somehow un-American, alien, linked to radical ideas, a closet terrorist, a sympathizer with extremism,” Ayers wrote.



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  2. I’ve said in the past, and I’ll keep saying it, “You are known by the company you keep.” If you want to pal around with known domestic terrorist, and subversives, this is how you are going to be known. Mr. Obama has no reason to kvetch if people doubt his word, or his motives.

  3. wow.. I can’t believe how many of you write but can’t read.

    You left out the sentence right before that quote that says,

    ****”In 2008 there was a lot of chatter on the blogosphere about my relationship with Barack Obama:” ****

    “We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,”

    He was CLEARLY saying that it was the BLOGOSHPHERE that characterized his relationship to Obama as being family friends. HE DID NOT SAY they were family friends.

    Good lord. You all need some classes in comprehension. This interpretation of Bill Ayers forward is as corrupted as Palin’s understanding of the 1st amendment.

  4. birdy…Really?!? That had to have been the worst spin job I have ever read. If Ayers wanted to say what you want to think he said, Billy would have said, “…In 2008 there was a lot of chatter on the blogosphere about my relationship with Barack Obama. THAT we had served together…” Ayers did not say that. Furthermore, Ayers has admitted he served with Barack, they were neighbors, he did hold a funraiser at his house, and that Ayers did contribute $200 to Obama’s first State Senate Campaign. I don’t understand why you would even try to attack what was reported in this post. The news is not new…the news is that Ayers admitted it with his own mouth. It shows your transparent denial of anything anti-Obama. You need to lighten up or the next four years are going to be hell for you.

    In conclusion, I think you need to go back and learn some skills in comprehension and simple grammar.

  5. I think the bigger story is how the media only now begins to care about the William Ayers story.

  6. Look at the TIME cover… is this scary or what? Obama’s NEW NEW Deal


  7. To birdy: In your attempt to spin the article in favor of Bill the Bomber and the Affirmative Action President you forgot to include the sentence that followed the list of relations: “But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.”

    That sentence clearly says that these are real connections and accuses conservatives of using them to smear Bill the Bomber and the Affirmative Action President.

    You should learn to read critically not superficially. But, like all liberals, you’ll probably tell me that is the fault of the schools…

    The same schools that Bill the Bomber and his ilk are corrupting by inspiring social activism instead of academic excellence.

    To the intelligent readers: We all knew that Bill the Bomber and the now Affirmative Action President had a much closer association than either would admit–and that the MSM was loath to investigate lest their Chosen One be revealed to masses for the disgrace he is. Face it–had they really covered his background–hard drug use, radical and terrorist friends, socialist learnings and teachings, etc.–they knew that no candidate, black, white, or purple would have been elected.

    The true racists won this election and little by little the truth will seep out. We will witness a Jimmy Carter redux–complete with depression-esque economic trends and radically socialist legislation. The MSM and Dems will draw themselves into pretzels trying to spin the results of their policies as anything other than what they are–the unavoidable results of socialist policy.

    We must purge our party of the Dem-Lites and get back to solid social and financial conservatism. We know that if we are true to our convictions, we can demonstrate that the best social policy is economic growth and wide spread employment. People who work feel good about themselves and accomplish far more for their own welfare than any plan to redistribute the wealth could hope to.

    True social justice comes when people lift themselves out of the muck of self-loathing that liberal policies create by convincing people that they are victims. The Messiah–the Affirmative Action President–is actually just a social vampire feeding off of the victims that he and his ilk must constantly create in order to survive.

    It is time that we unite and reject the liberal speak that says that everything we seek to change is due to fear (eg, homophobia, politics of fear, etc.) We must devise a clarifying vocabulary which highlights strength of character as being able to avoid the peer pressure of drug use (unlike Obama); as being able to avoid relationships and associations with unrepentant criminals; as being honest enough to admit what you really believe even if it means not being elected. Traits such as honesty, good judgment, denial of hedonistic and narcissistic pleasures, desire and capacity for real achievement over superficial appearances, and HONOR must be returned to their rightful place in the national dialog.

    Words such as tolerance and inclusion must be stripped of their false and fanatical connotations as concepts worthy of praise. Why should we be tolerant of that which is abhorrent to our beliefs? Should we be tolerant of criminal behavior? Should we be tolerant of anti-social behavior? Should we be tolerant of victimization? Should we be tolerant of racism? Tolerance is not inherently a good or bad thing. It is the action not the substance. We are asked to be tolerant of something–and that something is what is either good or bad. I refuse to be tolerant of Bill the Bomber and his murderous wife–This does not make me (or us) the bad guy.

    We can not continue to allow Bill the Bomber, the Affirmative Action President, or Barney the bungholer to define our dialog. We must reclaim a concept of morality and require our leaders to uphold it. This is and always will be our strength. It is not homophobia if you honestly disagree with and morally abhor the hedonistic homosexual lifestyle. It is not a phobia or fear, it is a rational and heartfelt REJECTION of their behavior or beliefs. It is not a phobia to reject the beliefs of another. Radical Muslims believe that is their God-given responsibility to rid the world of those who disagree with them. I can assure you that I reject their beliefs on philosophical, moral, and religious grounds. But I also reject their beliefs based on a rational and reasoned examination of the consequences of their beliefs. THIS IS NOT A PHOBIA. Let’s not let the wacko liberal left define our dialog on their terms!

    Let’s define our dialog on our terms! Barack Obama is an Affirmative Action President. He does not meet any of the normal criteria that we would expect of any white candidate. In fact his admitted use of hard drugs would have completely eliminate any white candidate from consideration. His only real claim to the post is “the historic nature” of his candidacy–this is Affirmative Action! We do not have to accept or tolerate any person put into a position merely for his or her race! In fact we have a moral duty to resist his actions and make the rest of the nation see him for what he truly is–someone who is where he is because of his race.

    We are not racists for pointing out the actions of the real racists. We are not racists for demanding that people be qualified professionally and morally for the positions they seek and occupy. AND WE CAN NOT ALLOW TO STAND THE CHARACTERIZATION BY THE LEFT THAT THIS REQUIREMENT IS RACISM.

    In conclusion, we can take back our country by being true to our beliefs and not allowing the enemy to define our discourse. We can not buy into their arguments and must not fight them on their turf. We must bring them onto our field and make them defend why self reliance is bad. We must make them argue why it is good to be tolerant of destructive and criminal behavior. We must make them demonstrate successes which are the result of their policies rather than allow them to blame their failures on us.

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