Obama's Extensive Ties to William Ayers Reported
Despite his comments to George Stephanopoulos during the Pennsylvania debate, Barack Obama’s ties to William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are extensive and began years ago.
Hillary-supporter Larry Johnson at No Quarter blog reported on these connections, via Instapundit:
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.
Larry Johnson also links to the posting at Global Labor and Global Economy that speculates that the Obama ties with Ayers go way back to the 1980’s.
Doug Ross has more on the Obama’s longtime friendship with Ayers.
Previously on Ayers:
Obama Funneled Cash to Former PLO Operative’s Anti-Israel Foundation
Obama’s Fancied the Chicago Terror Gang– Partied With Bombers & Former PLO Operative
Obama Equates Conservative Republican to Terrorist Bomber
What Newsweek Didn’t Tell You About Obama & Nadhmi Auchi
Today’s “Terrorist/Marxist Friends of Obama” Roundup