Another ticking time bomb from Obama's closet, Billy Ayers, aka William Ayers, aka Bill Ayers of the notorious Weather Underground. Obama sure has some strange backers.
So who is Billy ayers?
Bill Ayers: A central figure in the Weathermen, Ayers lived underground for ten years, an experience he wrote about in his memoir, Fugitive Days. Now married to Dohrn, Ayers is currently a school reform activist and a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bernardine Dohrn: Part of the leadership of the Weather Underground, Dohrn was considered the organization's figurehead. She spent the 1970s living underground and was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Today, Dohrn is an associate professor and director at Northwestern University's Children and Justice Center.
While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they're better known nationally as two of the most notorious -- and unrepentant -- figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement.
Now, as Obama runs for president, what two guests recall as an unremarkable gathering on the road to a minor elected office stands as a symbol of how swiftly he has risen from a man in the Hyde Park left to one closing in fast on the Democratic nomination for president.
"I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers' house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress," said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and advocate for single-payer health care, of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn. "[Palmer] identified [Obama] as her successor."
Obama and Palmer "were both there," he said.
Obama's connections to Ayers and Dorhn have been noted in some fleeting news coverage in the past. But the visit by Obama to their home -- part of a campaign courtship -- reflects more extensive interaction than has been previously reported.
And when asked about their relationship by the press they refused to respond.
Neither Ayers nor the Obama campaign would describe the relationship between the two men.
No story here pal, move along... and the Obama-licking press obliged.
Now, with the story out in the open lots more questions will be coming Barack's way. Watch him bob and weave and lie and twist and spin - just as he spun, bobbed and weaved on the Wright story, and just as he spun and ducked on his arrogant remarks - which he spun as a mistake by using the word "bitter" to distract from his characterization that small-town Americans are clingy little folks who hug their guns.
Obama will spin this and the Obama-loving press will just lap it up and pee it right back to the American public as nothing worth investigating. This story has been known by the national press for months, and they were perfectly content to allow tens of states primaries go forward without raising the issue in past debates even once.
If you think for a minute that the Republican party -- who used Willie Horton on Michael Dukakis to devastating effect, who portrayed triple amputee and veteran Max Cleland as a bosom buddy of Osama Bin Laden, and convinced many voters that decorated combat veteran John Kerry was a fraud -- will give Obama a pass come the fall then you are in serious denial.
But, unlike the attacks on Dukakis, Cleland, and Kerry, the ammunition that Obama has provided to his political foes is significant and deadly. But try telling that to Obama disciples.[...]
Obama's untested achilles heel is his relationship with three men -- Tony Rezko, William Ayers, and Rashid Khalidi. These names will become shorthand for Corruption, Terrorism, and the Destruction of Israel.
Obama supporters are determined to see Barack as the nominee, even if it means four more years of the same old GOP rule. They'd sooner see McCain in the White House then Clinton.
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