Barack Obama – Participant “Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation.” William Ayers


“Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools”

By Stanley Kurtz


Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.

The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama’s first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers’s home.

The Obama campaign has struggled to downplay that association. Last April, Sen. Obama dismissed Mr. Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis.” Yet documents in the CAC archives make clear that Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago …

The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming “guilt by association.” Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.

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Rather, I think there was a more pressing purpose at the heart of the award and the support it engendered among certain elite institutions and individuals in Chicago. Ironically, while Kurtz wants to tar Obama with the red paint brush of the 60s “radical” Ayers, an understanding of the real purpose of the CAC indicates a much closer political alliance between Obama and Ayers.

Steve Diamond

3 Responses to “Barack Obama – Participant “Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation.” William Ayers”

  1. rosettasister Says:

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  2. jeanniejo Says:

    Thanks, sisterrosetta – this is a brilliant post — 😉

    Free Speech? Here’s a dose of what we would see with “President Obama”…


    Dig It

  3. rosettasister Says:

    Good morning, jeanniejo!

    Thanks for the compliment!

    But I consider myself a high-end news gatherer.

    Rather like you.

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