Shielding The Facts About Obama’s Relationship With Terrorists


Just a coincidence I’m sure:

The problem of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place “makes me want to puke.” Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.

Although the press has been notably lax about pursuing the matter, the full story of the Obama-Ayers relationship calls the truth of Obama’s account seriously into question. When Obama made his first run for political office, articles in both the Chicago Defender and the Hyde Park Herald featured among his qualifications his position as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation where Ayers was a founder and guiding force. Obama assumed the Annenberg board chairmanship only months before his first run for office, and almost certainly received the job at the behest of Bill Ayers. During Obama’s time as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers’s own education projects received substantial funding. Indeed, during its first year, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge struggled with significant concerns about possible conflicts of interest.


This much we know from the public record, but a large cache of documents housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is likely to flesh out the story. That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies. Obama’s leadership style and abilities are also sure to be illuminated by the documents in question.

Unfortunately, I don’t yet have access to the documents. The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access. Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial.

Not only was Stanley Kurtz suddenly denied access to the records, the excuse for the denial shifted from one story to the next. What could be so damaging in those records that would force them to be sealed suddenly?

We already know a good deal about Obama’s service at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That information paints a disturbing picture, and one sharply at odds with Obama’s claim that Bill Ayers was just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” A number of bloggers, including, for example, Tom Maguire, at Just One Minute, have done excellent work on the CAC issue. (See here and here.) But the key reporting on the Obama-Ayers connection via the Chicago Annenberg Challenge has been done by Steve Diamond, at Global Labor and Politics. (See especially this important post of June 18, 2008.) Sad to say, the mainstream media has almost entirely ignored the issues so powerfully raised by Diamond, and discussed at length by various bloggers, even though Obama’s service at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge raises serious questions about the veracity of his account of his relationship with Ayers. Access to the CAC records promises to provide a treasure trove of documentary evidence fronting on this and many other critically important issues, from Obama’s policy views, to his political-ideological alliances, to his leadership abilities.

The whole thing smells so….Clinton-like.


Here is Stanley Kurtz with Bill Bennett this morning:

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No doubt Ayers is trying to avoid those tire tread marks across his back….

BTW… quotable quote from The Campaign Spot over at NRO on this

What the hell? Really, what possible reason is there to seal documents like this, beyond saving Obama some embarrassment? And is any fool out there still claiming that they’re voting for Obama because the Bush Administration has been too secretive?

Uh huh… real “change” in the “way Washington does business”….

i makes me sick the the msm avoid these stories, it just about looks like collusion. kinda makes the conspiracy theorists sound normal and not so paranoid.

These foundations are so incestuous.


Chicago Annenberg Challenge

Board of Directors
Edward Bottum President
John W. McCarter, Jr. Vice President
Victoria Chou Secretary/Treasurer
Patricia Albjerg Graham
Connie Evans
Susan Blankenbaker Noyes
Barack Obama
Jim Reynolds
Nancy Searle
Scott Smith


The Chicago Public Education Fund

Members of The Fund’s Leadership
Council serve as advisors to The
Fund and as advocates of its work in
the business and civic community.

Mr. Edward Bottum
Managing Director
Chase Franklin Corporation

Mr. Barack Obama
State Senator
13th Legislative District


$1,000,000 and above
The Annenberg Foundation


This story needs to get out. Please stay on top of it. The MSM, as usual, is doing its best to avoid this. I had read Kurtz’s articles on the subject and it is quite obvious that a cover up is happening.

According to his recounting of his communications with the officials at the library, the records, with the exception of a few flies, had been released for public view.

Someone has intervened, most probably Ayeres himself, to not allow anyone to see the CAC records. The conjecture is that they will show that there was a close realtionship bewteen Ayers and Obama; that they were far more than mere residents of the same neighborhood.

The Global Labor and politics blog is covering this pretty well also. Other conservative blogs have picked up on it, We need to keep the pressure on

I’d be interested in seeing the agreement made with UIC in housing the Annenburg Challenge papers in the and who funds the archiving and upkeep of those papers. If taxpaper money is involved someone should file a Freedom of Information Request with the school and if needed take it to court to get them.

They’re stalling Kurtz because that venue holds some big secrets;

The wreckage from Roswell, Jimmy Hoffa’s body and what really happened to Vince Foster.

The ‘MSM’ has reported over and again the relationship between Obama, Ayers and Dohrn.

And believe it or not the 60’s are over.

arthur just doesn’t want to see that he has been duped into believing the liberal line of crap.. where there is smoke there is always fire.

They are really shooting themselves in the foot here.

The latest I saw on this is the archive is saying the ‘ownership’ of the files have not been transferred is what is holding the process up.

Now just why wasn’t the ‘ownership’ transferred at the time the records physically were?

The stuff there could read as boring as possible with nothing of importance, but as long as the access is blocked, it will naturally lead to speculation that something may be of value there.

Since the Obama campaign made such a deal during the primaries about access to Clintons documentation at the Presidential Library for Hilliary’s history this does look sort of two faced also.

In 1953 Frank Marshal Davis, a known communist under investigation for subversion and un-american activities fled to Hawaii. Obama stated in his book that he sat for hours at Franks feet listening to his poetry and stories. Later Obama moved to Chicago, and became involved with the Socialist party (called the New Party), and with their help was elected to the state senate. The New Party aslo supported Obama’s run for the US Senate. After years of tutoring, grooming, scripting, and packaging, the socialist party feels Obama is ready to become leader of the United Socialist States of America

Marion, there was a post about Frank Davis, and we had Mark Davis swing by Flopping Aces and join in on that post about his father.

You may want to read the thread and catch up on those comments. You can then form your own opinion after reading his input. Barack Guilty by Association?