The Obama-Ayers meeting. What you haven’t been told

PRNewswire/USNewswire/WND, May 3, 2010:

Shocking Obama-Ayers Connection

Of all Obama’s radical associates from the past, few received more attention or were as shocking as his connection to Ayers.

Until now, it has been known Obama launched his political career at a 1995 fundraiser in Ayers’ Chicago apartment and that the two served alongside each other from 1995 to 2000 on a hundred-million-dollar education foundation, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Ayers was founder of the CAC; Obama was hired as the group’s first chairman. CAC documents dug up during the 2008 presidential campaign revealed Ayers was in a working group of five who assembled the initial board of the CAC, which hired Obama. The documents also revealed Obama and Ayers had a working relationship at the CAC.

Obama would later cite his CAC position as evidence of his qualification for public office.

However, those probing Obama were left to speculate exactly how Ayers was so familiar with him that he hired the future politician for the CAC and hosted the 1995 fundraiser.

“Manchurian President”authors Klein and Elliott found that Obama worked directly with Ayers in 1988 and that the two were brought together by a radical Alinsky acolyte who was trained by Alinsky himself.

The Weatherman founder earlier resurfaced after going underground amid multiple criminal charges related to his extremist activities. The charges were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct.

In 1988, in response to a Chicago summit that documented the poor quality of education in the city, Chicago United, a group founded by Ayers’ father, the late Thomas Ayers, formed a community advocacy coalition called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABC. Thomas Ayers was the chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison.

When he created his ABCs Coalition in June 1988, Thomas Ayers included Obama in the coalition, Klein and Elliott found. Obama at the time was director and lead organizer of the Developing Communities Project, or DCP, an institutionally based community organization on Chicago’s Far South Side. Obama’s first job in Chicago was his DCP position.

The contact for the ABCs Coalition, on which Obama served, was none other than William Ayers himself, who at the time was at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Klein and Elliott found documentation, cited in “Manchurian,” that Ayers started attending the ABCs Coalition’s monthly meetings, held over breakfasts of eggs, sausages, rolls, fruit and coffee in a conference room on the 57th floor of Chicago’s First National Bank downtown headquarters.

Obama disguised Alinsky radical?

Obama, meanwhile, took his DCP job in 1985. In “Dreams From My Father,” Obama relates his first job in Chicago as a community organizer and claims the name of his boss at DCP was “Marty Kaufman.”

Kaufman, however, doesn’t exist. The DCP chief at the time was actually Marty Kellman, who was trained by Alinsky himself, “The Manchurian President” documents.

Additionally, Klein and Elliott document the DCP, with Obama as director, received two grants. One grant was for $40,000 in 1985 and another for $33,000 in 1986 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a group that promoted Alinsky-style organizations, the book says.

Write Klein and Elliott: “There can be no doubt, then, that Obama and Ayers were well-acquainted by 1988, brought together through an acolyte of Alinsky.

“Perhaps this period serves as the missing link, providing background to understand how Ayers was so comfortable with Obama’s capabilities that he later would hire the future politician to head the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, or CAC, a job Obama would in turn claim had qualified him to run for public office.”

Crossposted at RBO.

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