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October 07, 2008


C. R. Morse

William Ayers is a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with whom Barack served on the board of an education-reform organization in the mid-1990's. According to the Associated Press, they are not close: "No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago ..." (

Smear groups and now the McCain campaign are trying to connect Obama to acts Ayers committed 40 years ago - when Barack was just eight years old. Here's what the New York Times reported on the connection (

But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8."

Barack has publicly denouncedAyers' radical actions from the 1960's (

Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous.

Frank Warner

Thank you, Senator Obama, for your post.

I don't care about William Ayers. I do care about how well you, Senator Obama, did in directing the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 1999.

As I understand it, this "education-reform organization" spent $160 million to improve schools in Chicago, and yet, when its work was done, Chicago students were no more likely to do better academically than before the $160 million was spent.

Senator Obama, you were chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. How do you explain its failure?

Frank Warner

Oh, I see that C.R. Morse wrote in the Obama talking points for the "" Web site. But Morse and "Smearbusters" never tell us the results of the Annenberg Challenge "education-reform."


"Smearbusters" appears to smear any blogger who mentions that CNN reported Obama's association with Ayers. Obviously, according to "Smearbusters," I deserve to be smeared for my tenuous association with CNN -- that is, my quoting the pro-Democratic CNN.

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