9/18/08

Barack's friend Ayers consulted Chávez

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Collectivists share deep commitment to solidarity

William Ayers was the leader of the 1960-70s Weathermen Underground. This group was responsible for at least 12 bombings. Three of these were the Pentagon, New York City Police Headquarters, and the Capitol building. In a Sept. 11, 2001 New York Times interview, Ayers said “I don't regret setting bombs ... I feel we didn't do enough.”

In April, ABC news asked Obama about his relationship with Ayers. He said “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English in Chicago ...” He and his campaign staff won't answer questions about Ayers. In 2006 Ayers gave a speech to Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, and said “We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution” or “La educacion es revolucion!”

From 1987 Obama and Ayers worked together at The Developing Communities Project, at The Woods Fund and at The Annenberg Challenge. Their purpose was to radically reform school education in Chicago. This took place during the time of the Chicago School Wars. From 1995-1999 Obama was Chairman of the Annenberg Challenge. He resigned as chairman in 1999 but remained on the board until it dissolved in 2002. According to the Consortium of Chicago School Research, the Challenge was viewed a failure because “it did not achieve its goal of improvement in student academic achievement and nonacademic outcomes.” Plus, it wasted millions of dollars and public service employees' time. This is Obama's only experience as the leader of an organization.

- Mike Terwilliger, Brooktondale, NY

(theithacajournal.com)

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