Confronts claims his parents paid for Obama’s Harvard education
(Tea Party) – In an exclusive interview with WND, former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers called Barack Obama a moderate politician and claims he barely knew him when he was a resident of his Chicago neighborhood.
In a debate with Obama 2016 producer, Dinesh D’Souza at Dartmouth college last month, Ayers repeatedly took shots at Obama.
“I wish Barack Obama had listened to me and followed my advice, but it didn’t happen and it’s not going to happen,” said Ayers in the WND interview.
Saying he has “a lot of criticisms of President Obama,” Ayers clearly hinted at why Obama may be losing the support of the left in his second term.
“I am a militant, anti-war activist. I would pull out of these Middle East wars,” said Ayers. “Also, I believe in single-payer health care, and I believe Medicare should be extended to everybody.”
There are those observers who believe Ayers may be using this distancing strategy to actually promote the president. The two men have well-documented ties. Both Obama and Ayers are students of the Saul Alinsky school of radicalism. Alinksy believed in transforming America into a socialist state by infiltrating the system and bringing about change incrementally.
Even when Obama ran for president in 2008 Ayers was claiming the candidate was a “moderate.” During that time Ayers minimized his direct role in funding, coaching and assisting Obama through his rise from Chicago 1990s no-name to president of the United States .
In Ayer’s mind he has “no impact on President Obama or his policies.” Said Ayers:
“If I did, we would be stopping the drone strikes, we would be closing Guantanamo, we be shutting down the Pentagon and the NSA. That is what I would do.”
As for the notion that Obama played to the left as part of a campaign strategy that would win him the presidency for two consecutive terms, Ayers rejected those suggestions.
Ayers explained, “People on the left thought Obama was winking on them, signaling, ‘I’m going to do what you want me to do.’ But, no, he wasn’t winking. You can see his record. Obama said he was a moderate, look at his record.”
Ayers insists that it was incorrect of the left to interpret Obama as being “one of them” and that it was wrong for the right to cast a demon shadow on Obama.
“People like you say, ‘Uh, I don’t know … a secret socialist … a pal of terrorists … some sort of a black nationalist thing going on,” said Ayers. “Just like Obama wasn’t winking to the left, he also isn’t a secret socialist.”
“Paranoid schizophrenic” are the words Ayers uses to characterized the view of Obama as a “secret socialist.”
When pressed to explain how the right could have such a distorted view of Obama in his eyes, Ayers laughed and replied: “I have no idea. I think that once you go down a rabbit hole, the logic of the world kinds of bends itself to you, rather than you opening your eyes to the world as it is. Obama said he is a moderate. What could be truer or clearer?”
During the exclusive interview, WND pointed out Obama’s famous encounter with Joe the Plumber where Obama said he was going to redistribute income in America.
Deflecting the question again Ayers said:
“Oh, come on, we redistribute income all the time in this country. We redistribute it up. The fact is, Eisenhower was a guy who knew how to redistribute income, I mean, 90 percent,” he said, referring to what was considered the top marginal tax rate at the time.
“I mean those guys really knew how to tax and redistribute income, only upward. What was Truman, a socialist? And FDR, a communist?”
Ayers continued to insist that Obama as a political moderate is the only correct way to interpret Obama’s political view. Explained Ayers:
“I thought that Barack Obama was exactly as he advertised himself in the 2008 presidential campaign – a moderate, compromising, pragmatic, middle-of-the-road politician – very ambitious, and so ambitious that I used to say to my wife that, ‘I think he wants to be mayor of Chicago.’ That was the limit of my imagination.”
When asked if he supported Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, Ayers alluded the question.
“I’ve only ever voted for Democrats twice in my life, and both times without any illusions,” said Ayers.
According to Ayers he’s “not an electoral politics guy.”
“I don’t think elections are the way we solve the problems of our country. What was it in 2004? Kerry and Bush? I mean really? Is that it? Is that who was running? I can’t remember. We should be involved in elections but only as it promotes and builds a larger strategy for social change.”
Obama was just a guy in the neighborhood
Throughout the interview Ayers insisted he barely new Obama in Chicago.
“Before he was president, I knew Barack Obama just like thousands of other people know him. In Chicago, just like the campaign said, as ‘some guy around the neighborhood,’” explained Ayers. “I never had any policy discussions with Obama when we were together.”
However, Ayers was careful not to discuss the roles he and his wife Bernardine Dohm, also of the terrorist group Weather Underground, played in launching Obama into the political spotlight. It is well-know that Ayers and Dohm, in 1995, held the first fundraiser for Obama in their Hyde Park home. It was a fundraiser to help Obama win a seat in the Illinois state Senate.
In 1985, an organization called the Woods Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to the Developing Communities Project. That grant allowed the DCP to then hire the 24-year old Barack Hussein Obama. It was that offer that gave Obama what he needed to move to Chicago from New York City.
Ayers happened to be director of the Woods Foundation from December 1999 to December 2009—a three year overlap with Obama who served on the board from December 1999 to December 2002.
Between 1995 and 1999 Obama ran the Chicago Annenberg Challenge CAC. Obama remained on the board until 2001. In a Wall Street Journal piece written in September 2008, Stanley Kurtz noted, “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.”
Kurtz is the person who concluded that Ayers criticism of Obama as a political moderate is actually intended to deflect attention away from Ayers heavy-handed role in Obama’s rise to political prominence both in Chicago and nationally. Kurtz believes the deflection was devised as disinformation.
Ayer’s claim that he really was not “into” Obama because of Obama’s “moderation” is just “unconvincing,” said Kurtz.
In Kurtz’s book “Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism” that Kurtz wrote in 2010, the author notes that David Remnick, Obama biographer, made virtually no mention of the foundation work Obama did.
After all, it was at Ayers’ behest that Obama was put in charge of dispensing money to Chicago’s most radical activists. Obama’s conduct at CAC reveals him to have been a reliable supporter of Ayers’ most troubling projects and actions. It’s extraordinary, moreover, that Remnick’s biography has virtually nothing to say about Obama’s foundation work. Maybe that’s because it is impossible to tell the story of Obama’s foundation experience without facing up to the reality of the future president’s extensive partnership with Ayers.
There is no doubt by Kurtz that he regards the distancing attempt between Ayers and Obama in Chicago to be unsupported by any evidence.
Kurtz wrote that the truth about the extended political partnership between Ayers and Obama is in sharp contrast to the President Obama’s 2008 campaign claim that Ayers was ‘just a guy who lives in my neighborhood.’”
Kurtz says that Ayers’ “notoriety turned him into a particularly noticeable tear in the carefully woven fabric of Obama’s moderate image.”
“A few more tugs and the cloak itself would unravel, revealing the socialist secret beneath. That is why the Ayers story had to be suppressed,” explained Kurtz.
But still, Ayers continued to insist more than once in the WND interview the Obama campaign’s claim that he knew Ayers only because Ayers was “a guy in the neighborhood” was true.
Ayers said, “That’s all he was to me.” “Just a guy in the neighborhood.”
‘Dad was a Republican’
Ayers was asked by WND if his father, Tom Ayers, helped fund Obama’s education.
Tom Ayers was president of Chicago’s electric company, Consolidated Edison, from 1964-1980 and served as chairman form 1973-1980. The elder Ayers was a prominent Chicago businessman.
In 2012, WND reported that a retired US Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to the home of Tom and Mary Ayers claims that Mary Ayers told him she and her husband were funding the Harvard Law School education of Barack Obama, a “foreign student.” That carrier was Allen Hulton.
Hulton would then claim that he met Obama in from of the Ayers’ home.
Ayers response was to laugh.
“Not true, my dad was a Republican. Why would he fund Obama?” Ayers countered. “He never funded Obama.”
Then, in an effort to distance himself from his father, Ayers said: “I never had any policy discussions with Obama, and I never had any policy discussions with my father either, who lived with me for the last three years of his life. I mean, a great guy, but somebody I didn’t agree with politically.”
In his book, Radical-In-Chief, Kurtz says that Bill Ayers brother John is also a leftist, claiming that John is involved with the movement for radical school reform in Chicago. Kurtz says that John Ayers benefitted from his father’s prominence in the Chicago business community.
Kurtz noted that Bill Ayers did not come back to Chicago until spring 1987 which was after Ayers went underground to avoid prosecution for his Weather Underground days. Ayers surfaced but the criminal case against him was dismissed. The dismissal was a result of government prosecutors relying on Fourth Amendment-tainted wiretapping evidence.
Wrote Kurtz: “Bill wouldn’t arrive in Chicago until the following fall.” “Yet already, by the spring of 1987, Obama had made contact with Bill Ayers’ brother.”