“Patricia Graham is trying to defend something that cannot be defended: namely her theory that Ayers had “nothing” to do with the appointment of Obama to the Annenberg Challenge board.”



Obama’s campaign says he was unaware of Bill Ayers “despicable” past yet Bob McCarthy, who worked closely with them during the Annenberg Challenge period, says different.

And he also says that Ayers was an “important resource and collaborator” on the education project.

McCarthy was at the Annenberg Institute at Brown, which coordinated the national Annenberg Challenge, while Ayers and Obama ran the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in the mid 1990s so he presumably knows what he is talking about.

Funny, Patricia Graham, a Harvard professor and once President of the Chicago based Spencer Foundation, told Education Week that Ayers was only a peripheral player at the CAC.

Of course, Graham, the first board member appointed to the Annenberg Challenge board by Ayers, is trying to defend something that cannot be defended: namely her, and the Obama campaign’s, theory that Ayers had “nothing” to do with the appointment of Obama to the Annenberg Challenge board.

And Mike Klonsky provides us a 20 year retrospective on Ayers from William Schubert, colleague of Ayers at the University of Illinois here. Professor Schubert confirms what we have long understood here at Global Labor, namely, Bill Ayers “orchestrated the Chicago Annenberg Challenge” in order to advance his “social justice teaching” ideology.

With friends like these, maybe there is no need for Obama to clear the air after all.

But as Global Labor readers are well aware I have no interest in seeing John McCain win the White House so why doesn’t Barack Obama hold a “come clean” session about his relationship with Ayers? He could use the event as an opportunity to tell us what he really thinks about education and juvenile justice so that we feel sure that Ayers’ ideas have no influence in the campaign.

With the Gallup Tracking Poll showing a narrowing of his lead in the last few days, despite the economic crisis, Obama owes himself a chance to dump the Ayers’ problem once and for all so that the remainder of the race concentrates on the big issues.

Proud of his association with William Ayers – The Boston Globe

Steve Diamond

From: rnc

“Guilt By Participation”

“Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation.”


William Ayers Steve Diamond Stanley Kurtz Barack Obama Ken Rolling

4 Responses to ““Patricia Graham is trying to defend something that cannot be defended: namely her theory that Ayers had “nothing” to do with the appointment of Obama to the Annenberg Challenge board.””

  1. CeeCee Says:

    You are really stretching it to try to use Bob McCarthy’s post to justify your argument! McCarthy thinks your guilt by association (or “participation”) is a crock!

    Obama’s campaign did not say that he NEVER knew about Ayers’ past. It’s not as if he said he learned about it from Hillary Clinton during the debate. Some time during his work for the Annenberg Challenge he did hear about it. But by then he already knew Ayers as a respected educator, considered a leader in Chicago, who was completely rehabilitated from the despicable acts of his youth. They worked together on education, not on terrorism. This whole smear is so absurd.

    And, are you a Christian? You remind me of the scribes and pharisees who attacked Jesus for talking with prostitutes, lepers and other undesirables of the time.

    Conservatives call themselves Christians and yet act in a manner quite opposite of what Christ asked of us.

  2. rosettasister Says:

    Yes, CeeCee, I am a Christian.

    In fact, I am Roman Catholic.

    I’m afraid you are in no position to judge me.

    But you can judge my judgment, just as I am questioning Obama’s judgment.

  3. rosettasister Says:

    See also:

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    Who “sent” Obama?

    Special Global Labor Repost. Originally Posted April 22, 2008. Updated October 13, 2008.

    See June 19, 2008 post: That “guy who lives in my neighborhood” for more detail on Ayers-Obama relationship.


  4. Tainsinseve Says:

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

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