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Barack Obama’s review of William Ayers' book
Zombietime (photos of Chicago Tribune article) ^ | Oct. 18, 2008 | zombie

Posted on 10/18/2008 8:21:55 PM PDT by Alouette

On December 21, 1997, Barack Obama wrote a short review of William Ayers’ book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court, which had recently been published by Beacon Press. Here’s a photo of how the review appeared in the Chicago Tribune:


Obama’s review of Ayers’ book says, “A searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair.”

I had seen mentions of the existence of this review in a very few media outlets, including CNN, National Review, American Spectator, and a handful of others. But because the review was published before the Chicago Tribune began digitizing and archiving its articles online, there was no direct Web link to the review itself — only citations of it. So, out of curiosity, I took it upon myself to visit a library in San Francisco, and using the library’s Lexis-Nexis access and its archive of microfilm versions of major newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, I finally tracked down a copy of the actual review itself.

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1 posted on 10/18/2008 8:21:55 PM PDT by Alouette
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2 posted on 10/18/2008 8:22:52 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

Good job tracking it down ...


3 posted on 10/18/2008 8:24:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (Mail acorns to MSM starting October 21. Reporters: ACORN addresses are in phone book.)
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To: Alouette

Wow, great detective work! Thanks for your efforts to bring forth the truth.


4 posted on 10/18/2008 8:25:38 PM PDT by beethoven
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To: Alouette

More likely that the review was ghosted by Ayers himself. He just used Obama’s name. Obama owed him for “Dreams”.


5 posted on 10/18/2008 8:26:20 PM PDT by Poincare
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To: Alouette

Wow... Obama said he had “no idea” who Ayers was, and here is proof he gave a highly positive review of Ayer’s book in a major newspaper. Busted!


6 posted on 10/18/2008 8:26:24 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Alouette

To be fair, Obama was only 8 years old when he wrote that review.


7 posted on 10/18/2008 8:28:23 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Joe The Plumber is the only undocumented worker in America that the Democrats dislike.)
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To: Alouette

Nice find!


8 posted on 10/18/2008 8:28:26 PM PDT by kimchi lover (Joe the Plumber is my Homeboy!)
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To: Alouette

As I’ve said elsewhere on FR . . . there have to be documents from Obama’s past that he hasn’t been able to destroy or his thugs haven’t been able to locate.

Keep digging.

There HAS to be someone from the NYC neighborhood who recalls Obama living there and palling around with Ayers in 1981 and following.


9 posted on 10/18/2008 8:29:24 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (All You Need is Money [Soros] and a Candidate Who Can Be Coached to Look Sincere [Obama]. A. Huxley)
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To: Alouette
The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center’s monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent seven years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher at the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher at the Detention Center.

If there was a reporter out there who wasn't a stenographer for the DNC, the names of the other speakers would be a place to start to understand the real relationship between Obama and Ayers.

10 posted on 10/18/2008 8:30:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (Mail acorns to MSM starting October 21. Reporters: ACORN addresses are in phone book.)
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To: Alouette
The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center’s monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent seven years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher at the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher at the Detention Center.

If there was a reporter out there who wasn't a stenographer for the DNC, the names of the other speakers would be a place to start to understand the real relationship between Obama and Ayers.

11 posted on 10/18/2008 8:31:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (Mail acorns to MSM starting October 21. Reporters: ACORN addresses are in phone book.)
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To: Alouette; Admin Moderator

This should be in the breaking news section.


12 posted on 10/18/2008 8:33:02 PM PDT by jveritas (Use the nuclear option against Obama: Jeremiah Wright)
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To: Poincare

Yep — my first reaction, too. Payback for Ayers’ ghosting Dreams. It would be interesting to compare the style of the review to Ayers’ books and to Obama’s writings (if you can find any besides “Apes”).


13 posted on 10/18/2008 8:34:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Alouette

Hey . . . wait . . . I thought Bill Ayers was just someone who lived in the neighborhood. / sarc


14 posted on 10/18/2008 8:34:57 PM PDT by BAW (Proud member of the vast right wing conspiracy.)
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To: Alouette

“A searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair.”

So the account of the juvenile court system was searing and timely ... and the account of the
courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair is also searing and timely?

Okay, I’m not a Harvard Law Review editor, but seems strange to me.


15 posted on 10/18/2008 8:35:44 PM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: Alouette; pissant

Great find!

Pissant, check this out!


16 posted on 10/18/2008 8:43:26 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Am I foolish to explain things? He had such trouble with my name.)
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To: Alouette

This is now seared—seared in my memory.


17 posted on 10/18/2008 9:08:44 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Alouette

Try Obama Ayers 1981

Obama got sponsored/groomed into Columbia in 1981. Bill Ayers was there too, and so to the Weatherman. Odd.
Just outside of New York, on Long Island, there was a Brinks robbery in October 1981. It was the idiots of the Black Liberation Army( all twenty or so) and the Weather Underground. Two police officers and a Brinks guard were ambushed and murdered. One of the BLA idiots, Nathan Burns, took the name Sekou Odinga. The muslim thug president of Kenya, and African travel partner of Obama and his supposedly first cousin is Raila Odinga. Odd.

Obama was a transfer student, a Junior. He was in the same major as Ayers. He would of been thinking of post graduate education, at other schools and Columbia. Ayers was getting his Doctorate. It is common for Doctorate candidates to teach underclassmen. So, you have Obama, soon to be a senior, and Ayers, founder of the Weathermen, and according to the FBI, still very active in bombing. So close was he that he adopted Brinks cop guard murdering Kathey Bodines two children( and raised them muslim). Maybe Columbia is a really really big school, with lots and lots of Black Nationalists and Weather Underground types there at the time.

Obama said he lived off campus, spent his time jogging or in the library. He’s not released any of his no doubt stellar academic records, or much of anything from his time at Columbia.
I’m sure the New York Times, but blocks from Columbia is right on this.


18 posted on 10/18/2008 9:10:37 PM PDT by Leisler (Each generation, selling the next further into slavery)
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To: Leisler
So, why doesn't Obama release his transcripts from his Junior/Senior year? Maybe, just maybe....because....Bill Ayers taught him a class or two.

Bill Ayers, Weatherman, bomber..was Obama's teacher?

19 posted on 10/18/2008 9:18:27 PM PDT by Leisler (Each generation, selling the next further into slavery)
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To: Alouette

Bump.


20 posted on 10/18/2008 9:18:41 PM PDT by Stentor (Obama is Bill Ayers' Renfield.)
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To: Alouette; Squantos
Barack had to give him a good review. After all, Ayers wrote "Dreams from my Father" for him.


21 posted on 10/18/2008 9:23:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Leisler

Nice work!


22 posted on 10/18/2008 9:24:34 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Mount Athos
"Wow... Obama said he had “no idea” who Ayers was, and here is proof he gave a highly positive review of Ayer’s book in a major newspaper. Busted"

O didn't exchange ideas with Ayers! Also, he was CEO of Annenberg with Ayers, the head of Operations, and they spent $100 million on educational reform projects, ----BUT they didn't exchange ideas. How can you spend millions on ed reform without exchanging ideas?

Or did he just say, "Yes Sir, Mr. Bill, I'll write those checks right now"?

How can a person even comment on such stupidity. I'm dumbfounded.

23 posted on 10/18/2008 9:25:56 PM PDT by cookcounty (The LameStream Press: More investigations into Wurzelberger in 24 hours than Obama in 24 months.)
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To: Leisler
he adopted Brinks cop guard murdering Kathey Bodines two children( and raised them muslim).

There's only one child, Chesa Boudin.

What's the evidence that Ayers and Dohrn raised Chesa Boudin as a muslim?

I think all three of them are atheists.

24 posted on 10/18/2008 9:26:14 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered...the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph)
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To: Alouette

Bump.


25 posted on 10/18/2008 9:28:17 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Alouette

"a kind and just parent"

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From Sept 11, 2001, New York Times article/interview with Obama associate and friend, William/Bill Ayers.

"Mr. Ayers, who in 1970 was said to have summed up the Weatherman philosophy as:

'Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at,' is today distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

New York Times, September 11, 2001:
"No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02E1DE1438F932A2575AC0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

26 posted on 10/18/2008 9:41:02 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: Travis McGee

Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers says, “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.”

On another occasion, Ayers stated: “There’s something about a good bomb … Night after night, day after day, each majestic scene I witnessed was so terrible and so unexpected that no city would ever again stand innocently fixed in my mind. Big buildings and wide streets, cement and steel were no longer permanent. They, too, were fragile and destructible. A torch, a bomb, a strong enough wind, and they, too, would come undone or get knocked down.”

All told, Ayers and Weatherman were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S. “I don’t regret setting bombs, said Ayers in 2001, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”


27 posted on 10/18/2008 9:43:42 PM PDT by Leisler (Each generation, selling the next further into slavery)
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To: Leisler; Jim Noble
What's the evidence that Ayers and Dohrn raised Chesa Boudin as a muslim? I think all three of them are atheists.

These people are communists.

Bill Ayers TODAY (April 6, 2008), from his own red communist star-headed website, begging to debate communism vs capitalism with Sean Hannity and STILL calling for revolution!


"Imperialism. I’m against it, and if Sean Hannity and others were honest, this is the ground they would fight me on. Capitalism played its role historically and is exhausted as a force for progress: built on exploitation, theft, conquest, war, and racism, capitalism and imperialism must be defeated and a world revolution—a revolution against war and racism and materialism, a revolution based on human solidarity and love, cooperation and the common good —must win.

We begin by releasing our most hopeful dreams and our most radical imaginations: a better world is both possible and necessary.

Source: Bill Ayers' own website:
http://billayers.wordpress.com/2008/04/page/2/

"a better world is both possible and necessary"

Looks to me like Bill Ayers stole (or borrowed) this phrase from Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Both the Weather Underground and RCP have roots in the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organization.

"The following is an excerpt from an historic talk by [Revolutionary Communist Party] Chairman Bob Avakian, soon to be available on video and DVD from Three Q Productions-REVOLUTION: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About. This talk, delivered in 2003, followed by questions and answers, is a wide- ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics."
http://rwor.org/a/1238/introbaspeech.htm

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Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA [Maoist]
Revolution #63, October 1, 2006

Interview with Bill Ayers:
"On Progressive Education, Critical Thinking and the Cowardice of Some in Dangerous Times"

http://rwor.org/a/063/ayers-en.html

28 posted on 10/18/2008 9:44:17 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: Alouette

This needs to be in breaking news, with copies sent to Hannity and Rush.


29 posted on 10/18/2008 9:45:05 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Poincare

Yep. The review sounded like more Ayers prose. But still. Obama doesn’t know this dude?

Don’t think so.


30 posted on 10/18/2008 9:45:20 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right: You never win by losing!)
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To: Alouette

Send this to Hannity!


31 posted on 10/18/2008 9:47:18 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right: You never win by losing!)
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To: Alouette

Send this to the McCain campaign!


32 posted on 10/18/2008 9:47:38 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right: You never win by losing!)
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To: Leisler
Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers says, “Everything was absolutely ideal. ... The sky was blue. The birds were singing.

Must have been one of those fine VFR days when you could look to the left out the cockpit window as you cross the Hudson at West Point and see the Towers off in the distance.

33 posted on 10/18/2008 9:58:18 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Leisler

“One of the BLA idiots, Nathan Burns, took the name Sekou Odinga. The muslim thug president of Kenya, and African travel partner of Obama and his supposedly first cousin is Raila Odinga. Odd.”

Very odd.


34 posted on 10/18/2008 10:09:08 PM PDT by Amntn
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To: Amntn

"My name is Sekou Mgobogi Abdullah Odinga. I am a Muslim and a POW.....website.( warning bad Jamacian computer music alert)

"In a January 2008 interview, Odinga asserted that he was the first cousin of American Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama through Senator Obama's father.[24] However, Barack Obama's paternal uncle denied any direct relation to Odinga, stating "Odinga's mother came from this area, so it is normal for us to talk about cousins. But he is not a blood relative."[25] Obama's father belonged to the same Luo tribe as Odinga. [24]"

35 posted on 10/18/2008 10:30:35 PM PDT by Leisler (Each generation, selling the next further into slavery)
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To: Alouette

Free Republic Commendation Medal is in order for your actions:

Criteria: a. The Free Republic Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Pajama Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with Free Republic after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself/herself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Pajama Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes himself/herself by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.


36 posted on 10/18/2008 10:32:58 PM PDT by freepersup (!)
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To: Alouette

BTTT


37 posted on 10/18/2008 10:42:24 PM PDT by LowOiL (Tagline: Optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: freepersup; beethoven
Free Republic Commendation Medal is in order for your actions:

Don't reward the messenger. This research was done by "zombie" the blogger who is best known for photo-essays of moonbat demonstrations. I saw it on Littlegreenfootballs.com and posted it here.

38 posted on 10/19/2008 7:21:57 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

By virtue of your action in correcting my misguided, but well intentioned commendation, I offer up a hearty Freeper nod of Excellence, both; for your keen eye and steadfast posting capabilities during your watch on the deck of Free Republic.

Further, during the ‘watch’ inspection, your pajamas were determined ‘squared away’. In finding your uniform in a ‘high state of readiness’, I bestow upon you, the ‘Numero Uno’ award. Liberty is extended to 2400 hours.


39 posted on 10/19/2008 8:15:48 AM PDT by freepersup (!)
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To: Alouette

BTT!


40 posted on 10/19/2008 8:19:12 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Leisler
I wonder when Nathan Burns changed his name and if anyone he knew might have suggested that particular name.

I have been assuming that O is an empty suit with Ayers being the brains but maybe O is more involved than I had believed.

41 posted on 10/19/2008 12:26:42 PM PDT by Amntn
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To: Alouette

Yes, Alouette. Good job indeed.


42 posted on 10/19/2008 12:36:52 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Amntn

I think at a very young age, he was an acute and accurate observer of people. He had to be. There wasn’t a mother She was our la-de-dadaing amongs dirt poor rurual people that dreamed of being dishwashers in Detroit, and whom she did her best to keep them in their hell that she saw as some anti-capitilistic idylic paradise free or white people. His father couldn’t leave him fast enough. No brother or sister. The only uncle Frank Marshall Davis was a drunk, child molesting pervert who may be Obama’s real father.


43 posted on 10/19/2008 12:50:40 PM PDT by Leisler (Ayers, Obama at Columbia University in 1982.)
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To: Leisler

Check this:
http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2008/10/why-obamas-colu.html

It may explain another reason for a tie between Obama and Ayers in New York in the early eighties.


44 posted on 10/19/2008 1:30:51 PM PDT by Amntn
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To: Alouette

He looks a little older than 8 in that photo.


45 posted on 10/19/2008 1:35:38 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (MSM Lied, Journalism Died. RIP 2008)
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To: Leisler
He was in the same major as Ayers. He would of been thinking of post graduate education, at other schools and Columbia. Ayers was getting his Doctorate. It is common for Doctorate candidates to teach underclassmen.

Obama studied political science. Ayers had a degree in American studies and was going for an advanced degree in education.

Obama was at Columbia College. Ayers was at the Bank Street College of Education. It's in the same area as Columbia, but not part of the university.

Obama and Ayers could have known each other then, but it wouldn't have been as easy or as likely as you suggest.

46 posted on 10/19/2008 1:40:14 PM PDT by x
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To: x
Yes. If they did meet, we would have to search. Ayers, for the first time in his life, even when he was on the lam, is quiet.

Obama lived off campus.

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various sources.

Obama transferred to CC from Occidental College which (poor place) is even more rarely mentioned by the young senator. At Occidental, Obama had been into partying and drugs. He hoped the move to New York, and Columbia, would put him on a more serious track.

Columbia at that time did not guarantee university housing for all students, so Obama lived off campus. He claims to have spent his first night sleeping in an alley near the corner of 109th and Amsterdam Avenue and washing with the homeless next to an open fire hydrant. He eventually moved into a walkup on E. 94th St., in East Harlem, where he would "chat with his Puerto Rican neighbors about...the sound of gunfire at night".[2]

When he was on campus, he concentrated on academic work, spending most of his time in Butler Library "like a monk", and made few friends. He also took up jogging and "stopped getting high". The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti he sometimes encountered on bathroom walls on campus (how times never change!) helped him form his ideas about race and class. He wrote of "the almost mathematical precision with which America’s race and class problems joined; the depth, the ferocity, of resulting tribal wars; the bile that flowed freely not just out on the streets but in the stalls of Columbia’s bathrooms as well".[3]

Obama claims to have participated to some extent in anti-apartheid activities with the Black Students Organization, but no one is quite sure.

"An article in a Columbia University publication, Columbia College Today, reported that Mr. Obama has portrayed Columbia as a period of buckling down following a troubled adolescence. He did not socialize much, he has said, instead spending a lot of time in the library, "like a monk." He has also stated that he was involved to some extent with the Black Students Organization.

Federal law limits the information that Columbia can release about Mr. Obama's time there. A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly, confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with a major in political science. He did not receive honors, Mr. Connolly said, though specific information on his grades is sealed. A program from the 1983 graduation ceremony lists him as a graduate."

"Once he settled into an off-campus apartment, Obama hit the books, majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations. He wrote his senior thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament.

But besides these few facts, gleaned from the scant references in his autobiography Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, little else is known about his time at Columbia.

In his book, Obama recalls, “I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk.” Nowhere in his book is any reference made to friends, apart from his unnamed roommate, and he skips quickly over this period of his life.

There have been numerous failed attempts by reporters, administrators, and the Columbia University College Democrats to get Obama to speak about his time at the University or to come for a visit since 2006. Former College Democrats President Seth Flaxman slipped a letter to the Senator at a meet-and-greet, and current president Joshua Lipsky attempted to personally lure Obama back to campus at the College Democrats of America Convention last July. According to Lipsky, Senator Obama responded, “Sure, I’d love to do it.” But as of yet, he has not followed up on the promise."

47 posted on 10/19/2008 2:34:36 PM PDT by Leisler (Ayers, Obama at Columbia University in 1982.)
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To: x

“Obama and Ayers could have known each other then, but it wouldn’t have been as easy or as likely as you suggest.”

How likely though that they would both just happen to wind up living in the same neighborhood in Chicago? To me it’s looking increasingly clear that at some point early on Ayers came into contact with Obama and quickly realized his enormous potential. He then decided to help nurture Obama’s growth as a politician, shaping his image (ghostwriting his book) and even launching his career from his own home. All for kindhearted reasons, i’m sure. All for America’s best interests.

Obama: Ayers’ gift to America. The Trojan One. He’s standing outside the gates as we speak. Should we vote him in?


48 posted on 10/19/2008 2:41:54 PM PDT by Humbug (ignore the media and the polls and keep fighting)
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To: x; Amntn
Amntn,

Great link!

From the comments,...

"And even this from Obama: "I spent a lot of time in the library". On yesterday's BHO post I saw from a search that Bank Street College Records were transferred to Columbia's Teacher College Library, in 1984, the year Ayers graduated from Bank Street. (That transfer might be some conspiracy fodder in itself somehow.)

So we know that education college Bank Street had a connection to the extensive education library of Columbia, which Ayers presumably would have used to research his masters. Strange that Obama mentioned being in the library there. Hmmm.

I think we've got it."

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49 posted on 10/19/2008 3:01:34 PM PDT by Leisler (Ayers, Obama at Columbia University in 1982.)
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To: x; Amntn

Why Obama’s Columbia Years Went AWOL
What did Barack Obama do while at Columbia from 1981 to 1983 and in the year after his graduation? That part of his life is scarcely mentioned in “Dreams From My Father”; the Wall Street Journal remarked in the mystery a month ago and the NY Times puzzled over it a year ago.

Let me just toss out the outlines of a theory that has just hit my inbox and left me agog. First, the usual disclaimers - this is speculative, there are gaps and leaps of logic, and nothing can be proven. However, that said... well, see if you are agog as well.

1. From Dreams From My Father and other sources we know that Obama was interested in South Africa divestment in the early 80’s. For example, he had a moment of awakening at Occidental College when he gave a brief but well-received speech to kick off an anti-apartheid demonstration. Other sources indicate he maintained that interest while at Columbia.

2. A major focal point of the anti-apartheid movement in the fall of 1981 was the Springboks rugby tour - they were an integrated South African rugby team on a “goodwill” tour of the US, creating controversy and drawing protests everywhere. Some of the protests were violent, including one at John F. Kennedy Airport (from whence the team departed, I believe), and bombs were exploded.

3. Did I say “bombs”? Yes, and here is the jaw-dropping connection - the Weather Underground was involved in some fashion and the Brinks robbery which left two police officers and a security guard dead was apparently undertaken to finance activities such as the Springboks bombings. A flavor from the Times:

The police said they had several links between the robbery suspects and other people associated with radical activities in the past. Federal officials said they were looking into possible links between the holdup gang and the Black Liberation Army, which, like the Weather Underground of years ago, has been linked more recently to bombings, attacks on police officers and other violence aimed at toppling ‘’the establishment.’’ Getaway Car Recovered

A yellow Honda used as one of the getaway cars, for example, was recovered and found to have been registered to Eve S. Rosahn, who was a Barnard College student in the late 1960’s and was arrested in radical demonstrations at Columbia University then and more recently at a New York City airport demonstration against the Springboks, the South African rugby team.

These are just dots and it may be impossible to connect them, but we have Barack Obama at Columbia working on South African divestment (as were many peaceful protestors) while other radical elements with a Weather Underground flavor are setting bombs, killing cops, and working on South African divestment. As a bonus, Bill Ayers is studying at Bank Street College a quarter mile from Columbia towards his Masters in Education and Kathy Boudin, one of the Brinks getaway drivers, was working at a progressive Upper West Side School. Eventually Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn raised Kathy’s child while she was in jail, so it seems a fair guess that they were close.

A small, small world in which Obama never met any of these people despite their shared passion for justice in South Africa. Never heard them speak at a rally, never heard anyone describe the Weather Underground to him, and felt comfortable assuming that Bill Ayers had been rehabilitated by 1995. In fact, a world so small that Obama won’t talk about it now.


50 posted on 10/19/2008 3:01:54 PM PDT by Leisler (Ayers, Obama at Columbia University in 1982.)
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