Obama, Ayers, Annenberg & ACORN

A little background on Bill Ayers.


Bill Ayers was, in fact, a founding member of a group known as the Weathermen, who were responsible for bombings of the New York City police headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971 and of the Pentagon in 1972 in protest of the Vietnam War.

Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also a Weather Underground member who worked for a brief period at Sidley Austin law firm with Michelle Obama, spent years as fugitives in the 1970s, but federal riot and bombing conspiracy charges were dropped in 1974 because of illegal wiretaps and other prosecutorial misconduct. (illegal wiretaps? didn’t obama vote in favor of allowing telecommunication companies to perform illegal wiretaps on amercian citizens in july 2008?)  hmmmmm

The recent New York Times story added to the understanding of Obama’s association with Ayers, through an education project. Ayers helped Chicago win nearly $50 million for Chicago schools as part of a national school reform project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

In March 1995, Obama was named chair of the six-member Chicago Annenberg Challenge board that distributed the grants. A New York Times review of archives of the Chicago Annenberg project found that the two attended six board meetings together.

Obama campaign officials acknowledge Ayers hosted a coffee  in 1995 for the purpose of introducing Obama to some local political players leading up to his first run for public office. (this is important as it contradicts Obamas statement outlined below….why would Ayers host a coffee to introduce Obama to local political players if he was not endorsing Obama?)  Obama campaign officials say Obama didn’t know Ayers’ past at that time.  (sure he didn’t)

Asked about his relationship with Ayers at a Democratic debate on April 16, 2008, Obama said, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.  And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.” 

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge

In 1995, the Annenberg Foundation awarded a grant of $48.2 million to a proposal submitted by Ayers, Anne Hallet, and Warren Chapman to reform Chicago’s public schools (refer to the last line of this post).  The project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), thus was created and added millions of dollars from other foundations, including the Woods Foundation, for a total budget of nearly $100 million.

Obama, just four years out of law school, was appointed CAC president by his buddy Ayers. Obama served as CAC president until 1999 and then filled a seat on the CAC board of directors until 2001. As CAC president and then board member, Obama oversaw millions of dollars passed into community organizing and radical educational entities. Ayers, as co-founder of CAC, was the day-to-day decision-maker in constant contact with Obama, especially signing checks for CAC recipients, including the infamous voter fraud organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and also the Developing Communities Project, for whom Obama had worked. Obama also had worked as a paid instructor for ACORN and later provided legal counsel to the group. Obama was an ACORN mouthpiece.

The CAC grant proposal included a vision by Ayers of school reform founded upon community organizing, grass-roots action, participatory democracy, and “change” in the existing public school structure. The whole purpose of CAC was to radicalize public education away from the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics and toward brainwashing children that the United States of America is an imperialistic, war-mongering, racist nation and that violence is the answer. Evaluators of CAC, after the fact, determined that the $100 million boondoggle presented no evidence of educational improvement. Just where did all those millions go?

After CAC closed down, Obama served on a successor group for “change” called the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Schools Education Fund. And guess who served with him — Ayers’ brother John and their father Thomas.

Obama’s Stimulus Package….$4.19 Billion for ACORN!

Fast forward to January 2009.  The Obama Stimulus Plan has incorporated language that earmarks a good portion of  $4.19 BILLION for ACORN & friends like Bill Ayers.   

Sidley Austin, the law firm where Barack Obama & Michelle Robinson met is representing ACORN’s board in an internal embezzlement case that legal experts say could result in criminal charges.
Federal election records showed that the Obama campaign paid ACORN subsidiary Citizens Services Inc. $832,598 for get-out-the-vote activities, of which $80,000 went directly to ACORN. CSI and some 290 other ACORN subsidiaries operate out of the same building on Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans that serves as ACORN’s national headquarters.
$4.19 Billion for the kids and the community?  If you believe that  – I’ve got ocean front property in South Dakota for sale!  Obama, Ayers and ACORN have done nothing to improve the Chicago Public School System.  Baracks children, like Barack, attend private schools – enough said.  Look it up for yourself, Chicago schools rank among the worst in the country.   Barack bragged to reporters yesterday that Chicago kids are tough because they go out to recess in ice storms….Chicago schools never close down.   It may be true that kids in Chicago go to school no matter what, the problem is that they evidently don’t learn anything once they get there! 

12 Responses

  1. Great job, Enicks. Just reading Obama’s comments during the debate makes my blood boil. It will be interesting to explore how Arne Duncan fits into this mess.

  2. I made a couple of mistakes up above, if you can delete the response above, this one is clearer.

    Barack Obama brought up his dying mother at least twice last year. Once during the Texas primaries against Hillary Clinton, and then during the second presidential debate against John McCain.
    Rachel Maddow called it a home run moment during the debates. So, if we vettted where Barack Obama was in 1994 and 1995, during his mother’s final year on earth, where would we find him?

    Would we find him near his mother’s bedside, or helping her to fight her insurance providers over what they would cover? Or would we find him in Bali, finishing his long overdue book about his sperm donor father?

    Or would we find both him and Michelle in Chicago, smoozing the various foundations in Chicago while his mama lay dying?

    Since Barack and Michelle had no kids back in 1995, could Michelle have gone to Hawaii to look after Mama every now and then while Barack furthered his political career? Did Michelle and Barack Obama overlook his mother during her final year of life?

    Did Barack Obama deserve any sympathy points by bringing up his mother and the health care issue during the election process when he may not have earned the right to do so based on his own behavior with his own mother?

    I just want to know the timelines. I want to know Barack Obama found time for his mother, especially since during that same time period he found time to finish writing his first book about his sperm donor father, in Bali !

    I need to know Barack Obama did not politicize his own mother’s dying for his own gain without at least putting the appropriate time in championing her cause while she was dying from cancer.


  3. It looks like you must have edited your own comment as I don’t see anything above. You make a very good point but I don’t doubt for one minute that he would politicize his mother’s death. He is just that toxic.

  4. You’re right, somehow the software knew to throw out the prior version and just keep the updated one. trippy.

  5. I just want to know the truth about how Barack juggled his book, his and Michelle’s careers, and his mother’s healthcare in the mid 90’s.


  6. alessandro. its abundantly clear that obama didn’t give a hoot about his mother or his grandmother. we all know where we would be if our mother were on her death bed – and it wouldn’t be penning a book in dedication to the deadbeat dad that left us to fin for ourselves when we were in diapers. he used his white family to get elected…..since the election – its all about “africa”.

  7. I am new to your site…. thrilled to death, need some sanity through this whole debacle…. You go girl! find the timeline, we need to find out whatever we can…

    I am so disgusted with this guy, and cannot stomach the thought of 4 yrs, let alone 8 yrs with him….. I am so concerned about the media bias



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