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Bill Ayers wife, Bernadine Dohrn, worked with Michelle Obama at Sidley Austin in the 1980's?!
Various sources | 10-09-08 | Me

Posted on 10/09/2008 6:55:42 AM PDT by jrooney

Bill Ayers wife, Bernadine Dohrn who was a leader of the weather undergound and a domestic terrorist that advocated violence against innocent Americans, worked with Michelle Obama at Sidley Austin in the 1980's it has been reported by various sources.


TOPICS: US: Illinois; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 2008; democrats; dohrn; elections; nobama08; obama; terroism; weatherunderground

1 posted on 10/09/2008 6:55:42 AM PDT by jrooney
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To: jrooney

Sidley Austin was a law firm.


2 posted on 10/09/2008 6:56:29 AM PDT by jrooney (Obama's mentor says God Da*n America. That explains Obama's refusal to put his hand over his heart.)
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To: jrooney

Dohrn worked there 84-88. Michelle started there in 88 and may have interned in 86 & 87.


3 posted on 10/09/2008 6:57:31 AM PDT by Roccus (POLITICIAN.....................A four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: jrooney
They also worked together (w/ Barack as well) on the mentor program at the University of Chicago:

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4 posted on 10/09/2008 6:58:37 AM PDT by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: jrooney

Yes and their is the implication that dohrn or ayers introduced her to obama FWIW.


5 posted on 10/09/2008 6:59:47 AM PDT by Doug TX
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To: Roccus

How did Obama afford at home in Ayers, Ali and Farrakhan neighborhood? In the 1990’s?


6 posted on 10/09/2008 7:00:40 AM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: Roccus

Dohrn worked for Sidley Austin in New York Office, Michelle worked for Sidley Austin in Chicago...different times. This is a red herring.


7 posted on 10/09/2008 7:03:38 AM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: jrooney

timeline here w/ links:

http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/obamas-ties-to-ayers-back-to-high-school/

THE AYERS/OBAMA TIMELINE: (Version 2.0; a work in progress; dates are approximate)

1981-1983[William Ayers and Barack Obama meet at Columbia?]

1987 William Ayers links up with Barack Obama in Chicago

1988 Ayers solicits Khalid Al-Mansour to raise money for Obama’s Harvard law School education

1989 Tom Ayers and William Ayers get Obama a summer job at Sidley & Austin (where he meets Michelle Obama); Ayers’ wife Bernadine Dohrn also worked at Sidley at about the same time as Barack and Michelle.

1993 Ayers places Obama on Woods Foundation

1995 Ayers makes Obama Chairman of Annenberg Challenge

1995 Ayers hosts a coffee klatch for Obama’s political debut (Obama falsely claims this is when he met Ayers)

2007-2008 The structure of Obama’s presidential campaign increasingly comes to resemble an Ayers-designed national “community organizer matrix” straight out of Maoist theory. This is not merely a presidential “campaign.” Obama’s organization is the first installment of an ongoing movement being paid for with tax-exempt contributions to his campaign, approaching half a billion dollars.

2008 Obama In response to ABC News, Obama tells a national TV audience he was “six years old” when Ayers bombed federal buildings, and they are only casual neighborhood acquaintances. A lie.


8 posted on 10/09/2008 7:06:18 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: jrooney
More than likely... it was “Aunt Esther” who hooked hubby up with Ayers.

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9 posted on 10/09/2008 7:06:30 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: jrooney

No one cares about the 1980’s. Get something more current.


10 posted on 10/09/2008 7:07:11 AM PDT by edcoil
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To: jrooney

11 posted on 10/09/2008 7:09:09 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Paratrooper

http://oldatlanticlighthouse.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/was-bernardine-dohrn-the-mentor-of-michelle-obama-at-sidley-austin/


12 posted on 10/09/2008 7:09:15 AM PDT by Roccus (POLITICIAN.....................A four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: jrooney

I wonder if any of these people knew Rezko early on, or if he was a strictly Chicago politics acquaintance of Obama. It would be nice to close the loop, so to speak, by filling out some of these associations.


13 posted on 10/09/2008 7:11:00 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: jrooney

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/the_william_ayers_connection.html

“One possible connection between Ayers and Obama was Sidley Austin, the prestigious Chicago law firm where Obama had a summer job after his first year at Harvard Law School, and where he met his future wife Michelle, assigned to him as a mentor. Also working at Sidley Austin was Bernadine Dohrn, wife of William Ayers, and a fellow Weather Underground terrorist. Given the shared “progressive” politics of the three, they probably knew one another and associated together at a firm known as a white shoe corporate practice.”


14 posted on 10/09/2008 7:11:03 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: jrooney; Roccus; The G Man; Doug TX; scooby321; Paratrooper; FreedomProtector; johnny7

Sidley Austin was the law firm that did work for Ayers’ Dad’s firm, the power utility, Commonwealth Edison. Daddy Ayers took good care of his son’s friends.

It’s already coming to light that Ayers almost certainly ghostwrote “Dreams From my Father” and that made sure that young Barry did not leave a paper trail.

Also, that Obama was likely introduced to Ayers during his Columbia years in the early eighties by then comp. lit. professor Edward Said.

“Manchurian Candidate” is most definitely applicable to him after all. He is Ayers’ young frankenstein.


15 posted on 10/09/2008 7:13:11 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: edcoil
No one cares about the 1980’s. Get something more current

If it shows that O is not telling the truth about when he knew Ayers - it's pertinent

16 posted on 10/09/2008 7:13:42 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: jrooney

The other issue is how terrorists and radicals like Ayres, Dorn, and Angela Davis, are allowed to teach in American Univerisities. HTF does that happen? I suspect they are hired by lesser profile radicals who have inserted themselves in university administrations all over the country. That is why American universities have become little soviet enclaves of indoctrination and anti-Americanism. As the universities go, so goes the country.


17 posted on 10/09/2008 7:16:07 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: edcoil

Here's Michelle last night on Larry King (Barely) Alive showing her financial expertise and why she makes the BIG BUCKS -- and mentioning her "diverse" neighborhood (which must be where she found the white baby):

KING: With the economy the way it is...

KING: ... How has it affected the Obamas?

M. OBAMA: You know, we've been blessed.

KING: You haven't lost anything in this?

M. OBAMA: You know, I have to say, I don't know. I've been -- I haven't talked -- we haven't had time to really review kind of our financial situation. We're, you know, on the road all of the time.

KING: Do you assume you've lost something?

M. OBAMA: Probably so. I can't imagine -- I think everybody has lost a little bit of something. But, you know, we have family members, friends, folks in our neighborhoods. Everyone is nervous.

You know, we live in a community that's pretty diverse. And folks have been out of work in our neighborhood for a long time. I mean, that's the thing that we're seeing, is that what's playing out on Wall Street now has been playing out in our neighborhood for a long time. Folks have lost jobs in communities and we've seen commercial districts dry up.

We're seeing -- I work at a hospital that's an academic health center and we see our emergency rooms filled with people who don't have insurance.

So this has been going on for a while. So, relatively speaking, we're blessed, which is another reason why, you know, that's what makes Barack angry, is to see the inequity going on. And it's been going for a while.

18 posted on 10/09/2008 7:21:02 AM PDT by They'reGone2000 (Lose the Zero. Get with the Hero. McCain.)
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To: edcoil

If true, it shows a connection between Ayers and Obama more than Obama admits. Strengthens the link between Obama and Ayers. Guess you do not care about that, huh whiner. You want something more current do your own damn homework.


19 posted on 10/09/2008 7:24:28 AM PDT by jrooney (Obama's mentor says God Da*n America. That explains Obama's refusal to put his hand over his heart.)
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To: jrooney

THis is the best explantion yet http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjY4YzdhMDBkZGQ3ZmU2MTUzYjdkMzc5ZjUzYmViZWM=


20 posted on 10/09/2008 7:30:12 AM PDT by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume, No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: Paratrooper
This is a red herring.

Maybe so, but where there is a stench, there is Obama. Here is the connection we need to hammer them with:

Michelle Obama organized a University of Chicago panel about Bill Ayers's crime book in November 1997, just as the battle over the juvenile justice bill was heating up. That panel featured appearances by some of the key figures discussed in Ayers's book, along with Obama himself, who was identified in the press release as "working to block proposed legislation that would throw more juvenile offenders into the adult system." In effect, then, this public event was a joint Obama-Ayers effort to sink the juvenile justice bill-Obama's decision to plug Ayers's book in the Chicago Tribune the following month was part of the same political effort.

Weekly Standard

So...Obama's denial doesn't cut it. Here is a screen shot from the University Website:


21 posted on 10/09/2008 7:31:14 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Paratrooper

It does make one wonder about Sidley Austin, though, and about its clients. Why would a major law firm be employing someone who has confessed to carrying out bombings, and been convicted of aggravated battery and bail jumping? This is one of the largest corporate law firms in the US, and does work for a long list of respectable corporate clients. You would think some of their big revenue clients would raise a major stink about their employing attorneys with backgrounds like this.


22 posted on 10/09/2008 7:49:03 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Hacklehead
The other issue is how terrorists and radicals like Ayres, Dorn, and Angela Davis, are allowed to teach in American Univerisities. HTF does that happen? I suspect they are hired by lesser profile radicals who have inserted themselves in university administrations all over the country.

No. She was hired top-down as an adjunt without the faculty being able to vote on it.

Check out the Ayers' father (Thomas), Howard Trienes, chairman of the board of Northwestern U connections.

23 posted on 10/09/2008 7:54:09 AM PDT by E=MC2
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To: FreedomProtector

It was a general pratice of the Weather underground to have sex with each others partners...............


24 posted on 10/09/2008 8:02:00 AM PDT by stockpirate (US Congress just created the right to own slaves, problem is, we are the slaves.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
It does make one wonder about Sidley Austin, though, and about its clients. Why would a major law firm be employing someone who has confessed to carrying out bombings, and been convicted of aggravated battery and bail jumping?

Here is your answer.

Read the whole article from link at Posting 20 of this thread, it is excellent.

Ayers’s father, Tom Ayers, a prominent Chicago businessman, was also deeply involved in the reform effort. Interestingly, in 1988, while Obama and Ayers toiled on the same education agenda, Bernadine Dohrn worked as an intern at the prestigious Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin — even though she could not be admitted to the bar due to her contempt conviction for refusing to cooperate in a terrorist investigation. How could that happen? It turns out that Sidley was the longtime outside counsel for Tom Ayers’s company, Commonwealth Edison. That is, Ayers’ father had pull at the firm and successfully pressed for the hiring of his daughter-in-law.

The next summer, though he had gone off to Harvard Law School (another impressive accomplishment he prefers not to discuss), Obama returned to the Windy City to work as an intern at Sidley. Dohrn was gone by then to teach at Northwestern. A coincidence? Maybe (Diamond doesn’t think so), but that’s an awful lot of coincidences — and a long trail of common people, places and experiences — for people who purportedly didn’t know each other yet managed to end up as partners in significant financial and political ventures.

25 posted on 10/09/2008 8:24:38 AM PDT by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume, No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: E=MC2

Its amazing that they will hire domestic terrorists but then reject a speaking appearance by someone like Clarance Thomas because he is “too extreme”.


26 posted on 10/09/2008 8:36:52 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: jrooney

So did Barack Obama.

He was a summer intern there in 1989. That’s where he met Michelle, who was his advisor.

Dohrn was there too. Sponsored by one Tom Ayers, CEO of Chicago Electric and the father of Bill.


27 posted on 10/09/2008 10:31:16 AM PDT by Beckwith ('Typical White Person')
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Concur with your statement about Sidley Austin. Ayers father had connections to this law firm and surely is the reason Ayers wife was hired to work for the New York office. She was working while Ayers completed his education. Can someone show that Ayers wife also worked for Sidley Austin in Chicago? I believe there is some connection with Obama and Ayers in New York, just don’t know what it is. I believe this relationship is the reason Obama moved to Chicago in 1985.


28 posted on 10/09/2008 6:46:52 PM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: Beckwith

Dohrn worked for Sidley Austin in NYC, can you verify she also worked for firm in Chicago?


29 posted on 10/09/2008 6:49:10 PM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: Paratrooper
I'm glad you asked. I noticed that the Michelle/Dohrn entry in The Obama File had no link.

Here is a good account:

While at Sidley & Austin (1989-1991), Michelle would meet the terrorist, Bernadine Dohrn, who helped bomb something like 25 targets, including the Capitol and the Pentagon.

Dohrn was working at the firm as a result of the recommendation of the CEO of Chicago's power company, Tom Ayers.  His son, the unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers, ran the organization that put up the money to bring Obama to Chicago in the first place.

Ayers' father, Thomas Ayers, was CEO of Commonwealth Edison as well as a trustee of Tribune Co. and chairman of the board of Northwestern University.

Dohrn was hired by . . ."the powerhouse firm of Sidley Austin." The very same law firm where Barack Obama was hired as a summer associate after his first year at Harvard Law School.  Where he met Michelle, his future wife.  And just how did that coincidence happen?

Trienens headed Sidley Austin when the firm hired Dohrn in 1984.  She had never practiced law and had been out of law school for 17 years.

When I asked Trienens if he had hired Dohrn, he replied: "Yes."

Wasn't that a bit of nepotism, considering his relationship to her father-in-law?  A lot of lawyers would love a first job with such a prestigious firm.

"We often hire friends," replied Trienens, 84.

Dohrn had not practiced law and been out of law school for 17 years while she was oh so busy doing, uh, other things,

Dohrn wasn't licensed to practice law.  Though she passed the bar exam, the ethics committee turned her down because of her rap sheet.  That limited the type of work she could do at Sidley Austin, which she left after a few years.

"Dohrn didn't get a license because she's stubborn," Trienens said. "She wouldn't say she's sorry."

The Obama File


30 posted on 10/10/2008 4:13:04 AM PDT by Beckwith ('Typical White Person')
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To: GovernmentShrinker

It does make one wonder about Sidley Austin, though, and about its clients. Why would a major law firm be employing someone who has confessed to carrying out bombings, and been convicted of aggravated battery and bail jumping? This is one of the largest corporate law firms in the US, and does work for a long list of respectable corporate clients. You would think some of their big revenue clients would raise a major stink about their employing attorneys with backgrounds like this.”

I find it interesting that Sidley & Austin was the firm in 2000 that was #1 in lawfirms that handled Fannie Mae real estate transactions. I haven’t been able to find out how they have rated in other years. Isn’t it amazing how all these folks and entities are tied together?

http://www.allbusiness.com/banking-finance/banking-lending-credit-services-mortgage/6084451-1.html


31 posted on 10/10/2008 4:22:37 AM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: Paratrooper

Didn’t Dohrn come back to Chicago in 87. When did Ayers finish at Columbia?


32 posted on 10/10/2008 9:52:31 AM PDT by missbehaved
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To: Beckwith
Just noticed that Tom Ayers was a trustee of Tribune Co. Hadn't know that before.

He, and his fellow board members, the owners, managers, executives, administrators, writers, editors and other employees were all, effectively, petty thieves.

For years they padded their ABC (audit bureau of circulation) figures to cheat the United States Postal Service and advertisers with higher than justified advertising rates (and circulation).

Terrorists don't fall far from that sort of corrupt tree. Wonder how many more of there are in the Tribune circle?

33 posted on 10/11/2008 7:33:04 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: toomanygrasshoppers

Sounds like you have a clue what these pukes were up to. Now for the burning torches and pitchforks (all of a legal nature of course).


34 posted on 10/12/2008 5:44:44 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GovernmentShrinker; Roccus; Paratrooper
So, we have a law firm with branches in different cities. Some employees are paid out of one office, others out of another office, and others somewhere else ~ maybe a client does the payment (for basic payroll).

None of that has anything to do with where any of the employees actually worked.

Since we are talking about the 1980s law firms, which are actually "partnerships", would get involved in this sort of thing to make sure no resident "partner" had more than 49 employees, 50 being the number of employees that would make your business or firm subjet to federal civil rights laws.

Some time in the early 1990s (1993 perhaps) the number was changed to 25 employees. I recall Allied Signal got in a lot of trouble at that time because so many of their little "wholly owned" shops they'd picked up over the years were so terribly mono-ethnic.

No doubt Obama was a "token" at that firm. The fact that Dohrn was paid out of the New York office didn't mean she wasn't on the scene in Chicago!

35 posted on 10/12/2008 6:02:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah; Roccus; Paratrooper

That’s not how partnerships work. A partnership is a single legal entity, and employees are employed by the partnership, not by individual partners. While these huge law firms certainly have some subsidiaries that are separate legal entities, especially for the offices in foreign countries, they never broke themselves up into a bunch of legally separate units that each had less than 49 employees. Small law firms may have done some of that, but for a firm listing dozens of partners on a single letterhead with the partnership name on top, and a single address, and the support staff for those listed partners numbering in the hundreds, no way was it feasible. Much easier and cheaper to hire some deadweights, both as associates and clerical staff, to fill up the EEOC quotas.


36 posted on 10/12/2008 1:50:46 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Look, if Allied Signal could do it, so could the law firms that helped them do it. There were even law suits over the issue ~ and I think they were still churning when Allied went out of business.

Lawyers write laws to aid their professional fellows evade the requirements that affect all the rest of us.

37 posted on 10/12/2008 2:00:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

The very large law firms rely to a significant extent on their largeness to gain the confidence of clients who have a lot of money to lose if the firm screws up. When a large client signs up with a 1000 partner law firm to handle a high stakes transaction or litigation, the client requires the confidence that the entity they have legally engaged has very deep pockets that all owners of the entity have a big vested interest in protecting from liability. An investment bank hiring a law firm to structure a $5 billion securities offering, or a major audit firm hiring a law firm to defend it against a $10 billion lawsuit, is not going to hire a legal entity that has 49 employees and legal/financial firewalls between that entity and 50 other entities that are all marketing themselves under an umbrella name. It is going to hire a legal entity that has very deep pockets AND a large and expensive malpractice insurance policy (large enough that an affiliated group of 49 employee law firms couldn’t possibly afford to each have such a policy). Same applies to large accounting firms — with most of the original Big Eight having met their demise precisely because they were each organized with a single primary legal entity, and when one division got hit with a multi-billion dollar liability judgement, the whole firm was liable and went under.


38 posted on 10/12/2008 2:57:07 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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