“Devastating Video, Barack Obama talks about job William Ayers gave him” Stanley Kurtz


“Interview during 2000 congressional race contrasts with effort to separate self from domestic terrorist”


A new video posted on YouTube features the interview with a Chicago television station.

“One of the criticisms that arises in connection with your candidacy is that you haven’t been in the Senate very long, the state Senate,” the interviewer said. “You have a limited track record in terms of time. What is your argument, based on the one term that you served in the Senate so far, that makes you prepared for the Congress?”

Obama replied: “Well, I’m in my second term, but it’s true that certainly both Senator Trotter and Congressman Rush have been in elected office longer than I have. I can’t deny that.

“I would argue, though, that my experience previous to elected office equips me for the job. You know, I have a background as an attorney. I’ve represented affordable housing organizations to build affordable housing, something that is a major issue in the district. I’ve chaired major philanthropic efforts in the city, like the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that gave $50 million to prop school reform efforts throughout the city.”

In 1995, the first organizing meeting for Obama’s state senatorial campaign was reportedly held in Ayers’s apartment.

In a widely circulated article, WND first reported Obama served on the board of the Wood’s Fund, a liberal Chicago nonprofit, alongside Ayers from 1999 to Dec. 11, 2002, according to the Fund’s website. According to tax filings, Obama received compensation of $6,000 per year for his service in 1999 and 2000.

The “Friends of Barack Obama” campaign fund lists a $200 campaign contribution from Ayers April 2, 2001.

The two appeared together as speakers at several public events, including a 1997 University of Chicago panel entitled, “Should a child ever be called a ‘super predator?'” and another panel for the University of Illinois in April 2002 entitled, “Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?”

Ayers wife, Bernadine Dohrn, also has served on panels with Obama. Dohrn, once on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List, was described by J. Edgar Hoover as the “most dangerous woman in America.” Ayers and Dohrn raised the son of Weathermen terrorist Kathy Boudin, who was serving a sentence for participating in a 1981 murder and robbery that left four people dead.

The charges against Ayers were dropped in 1974 because of prosecutorial misconduct, including illegal surveillance.

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One Response to ““Devastating Video, Barack Obama talks about job William Ayers gave him” Stanley Kurtz”

  1. rosettasister Says:

    For What It’s Worth:


    They seem more interested in scooping the National Review – Batchelor expressed to me his frustration that the NR’s lead investigator on this issue and the possible object of Rolling’s intervention, Dr. Stanley Kurtz, would not speak to him. In fact, if the Democratic Party were looking to kill off

    my legitimate exploration of the Obama/Ayers relationship

    (Steve Diamond – Please continue your legitimate exploration.)

    running a phony story like Batchelor’s would be a perfect way to do it. That was one of the reasons I told Batchelor I would not speak to Human Events for the story.

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