The Traditional Values Coalition give a laundry list of the people who may have influenced Obama's thinking, and are still guiding his thinking.
Meet Some More of Barack Obama’s Political Mentors:
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
“What a country [America]. It makes me want to puke.” – Bill Ayers, 2001
“I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” – Bill Ayers, Sept. 11, 2001
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October 8, 2008 – During the last few months, TVC has been reporting on Senator Barack Obama’s political allies and his political views. This is another in this ongoing series.
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are unrepentant domestic terrorists. During the 1970s, they were part of the Weatherman, a Communist splinter group of Students for a Democratic Society.
In his biography, Fugitive Days, Ayers brags about his involvement in bombing the New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the U.S. Capitol Building in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. Ayers described the day he bombed the Pentagon with these words: “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And, the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” Dohrn is as heartless as her husband. During one anti-war rally, she praised the Manson family for murdering Sharon Tate and others: “Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into the victim’s stomach! Wild!” At another rally, Dohrn said: “Bring the revolution home, kill your parents – that’s where it’s at.”
Ayers, Dohrn and the Weatherman were responsible for 30 bombings around the country. He and his wife spent the next 10 years as fugitives from the FBI. In 1980, they surrendered to authorities, but all charges were dropped against them due to improper surveillance.
Where are Ayers and Dohrn today? Bill Ayers is the “Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He instructs teachers how to indoctrinate children with liberal ideals.
Bernardine Dohrn is the Director of Children and Family Justice Center at the Northwestern University, a law professor at Northwestern University Law School.
Obama Gets His Start In Ayers’ Home
Although Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) initially told reporters that Ayers was just a guy who lived in the same neighborhood – and that he barely knew him – facts have emerged showing this to be untrue.
It now appears that Obama has known Ayers and Dohrn since at least 1987. Ayers was an activist at the time with the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, and Obama’s Developing Communities Project was a member of this leftist alliance.
There are also possible connections between Obama and Dohrn through the law firm of Sidley & Austin. Dohrn was at this firm from 1984-1988. Michelle Obama also worked at Sidley & Austin, beginning in 1988. She met Barack at Sidley & Austin when he came on as a summer associate.
In 1995, Obama was introduced to Ayers and Dohrn by Illinois state Senator Alice Palmer who had hand-picked Obama to replace her in the Senate. Palmer was a well-known Communist sympathizer and decades-long supporter of the Soviet Union.
Ayers and Dohrn held Obama’s first political fundraiser in their living room to help launch his political career.
In addition, Bill Ayers founded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Foundation, and Obama became the chairman of the board of this group only months after his first run for political office. While serving on this foundation, Ayers and Obama distributed millions of dollars for educational projects. Ayers described his views on education as socialist indoctrination in an interview he gave to the Communist publication, Revolution in October, 2006. Ayers says that education can’t be separated from politics – and applauded John Dewey’s socialist policies that have so greatly influenced public education.
In 1997, Obama’s wife Michelle invited Ayers to be on a panel discussing racism and the juvenile justice system. Ayers was joined on the panel by Barack Obama, a senior lecturer at the time at the University of Chicago law school. Michelle was working as Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center.
The Obama-Ayers-Dohrn connection extends to their involvement in the Woods Fund of Chicago. This foundation is involved in community organizing, arts and culture and working with low-income individuals and housing issues. This multi-million dollar enterprise is aided by grants from numerous leftist foundations, including the infamous Tides Foundation, Trinity United Church of Christ (where Obama attended church for 20 years), and ACORN, the notorious corrupt organization that routinely engages in voter fraud – and was involved with Obama in forcing banks to make risky loans to unqualified applicants.
Obama’s Palestinian Terrorist Friend
Ayers is a board member of the Woods Fund and Obama also served on the board. In 2002, the fund gave a grant to the Northwestern University Law School Children and Family Justice Center where Ayers’ wife, Bernadine, was employed.
Also serving on the Woods Fund board was a Palestinian activist named Rashid Khalidi, who is now a Columbia University professor. Khalidi was the former spokesman for Islamic terrorist Yasser Arafat. Khalidi was instrumental in having Iranian’s tyrannical president, Mahoud Ahmadinejad, come to Columbia University last year to give his anti-American, anti-Israel speech.
Obama and his wife Michelle and Khalidi and his wife were close friends. Leaders of this foundation donated more than $24,000 to Obama’s political campaign in Illinois.
Obama once said of Khalidi and the meals and discussions they shared together were “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. … It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”
Khalidi is rabidly anti-Israel and repeatedly accuses American officials of being “Zionist” stooges. He once called Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz “a fanatical, extreme right-wing Zionist.”
Khalidi believes Israel is not a democratic ally of America but an “apartheid system in creation” and a destructive “racist” state.
“Why Obama pals around with domestic and international terrorists and calls them his friends raises serious questions about his loyalties and judgment to lead this nation,” said TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty. “Voters should seriously consider the character issue when they vote in November.”
Additional Reading and Resources:
Columbia U's Radical Middle East Faculty - Campus Watch
More on Rashid Khalidi and the Risks for Obama : NO QUARTER
Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools - WSJ.com
Pajamas Media » Ayers-Dohrn-Obama Tie Shouldn’t Be Dismissed
O'S DANGEROUS PALS - New York Post
Michelle Malkin » ACORN Watch: Voter fraud and mortgage scams on your dime
Obama Has An Odd Assortment Of Friends
Planting Seeds Of Disaster
Videos: Obama & Friends: History of Radicalism
Part 1: The Secret College Years
Part 2: Affiliations with terrorists & radicals Including Khalid Al-Mansour,William Ayers, Louis Farrakhan & Others
Part 3: Affiliation with William Ayers, admitted and unrepentant U.S. terrorist
Part 4: Affiliations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright & Father Michael Pfleger
Part 5: Stance on Israel & association with Former PLO Employee, Rashid Khalidi, now a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University in New York City. Khalidi was instrumental in tyrannical Iranian President Ahmedinejad’s visit to Columbia University in 2007.
Part 6: Obama’s affiliation with voter fraud ridden organization--ACORN