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Barack and Michelle and Bill and Bernardine: The Obama/Weather Underground compendium

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 23, 2008 10:30 AM

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The blogosphere and talk radio are turning up the heat on the Obamas’ cozy relations with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Hugh Hewitt and Power Line have 2007 audio of the America-bashing WU terrorists, dug up by Guy Benson of WYLL’s The Sandy Rios Show (Update: More from Benson at Power Line here.)

Erick Stakelbeck compiles archival video of the couple’s left-wing diatribes.

John Kass has a Chicago Trib column today recounting Dohrn’s role in the Broadway Baby boutique customer ID theft scam that abetted terrorism.

Rezko Watch (see also here) has a link-rich chronicle of the Obama/WU story.

Ed Morrissey explains why this matters. Allahpundit’s got vid of McCain taking on the story and background WU vid here.

Rick Moran reviews the MSM coverage to date and sums up the key facts:

There’s more to this relationship than Ayers simply being a “guy who lives in my neighborhood.” The two were introduced back in 1995 when Obama was presented by outgoing state senator Alice Palmer to Ayers and other far left activists in the University Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park at Ayers house…RezkoWatch reports on 2 other forums where we know Obama and Ayers participated:

Wondering whether the three may have crossed paths is not speculation. It is a fact that they have. Ayers, Dohrn, and Obama have appeared together at a number of gatherings and academic events. In November 1997, Ayers and Obama participated in a panel at the University of Chicago entitled Should a child ever be called a “super predator?” to debate “the merits of the juvenile justice system”.

In April 2002, Ayers, Dohrn, and Obama, then an Illinois State Senator, participated together at a conference entitled “Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?” sponsored by The Center for Public Intellectuals and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Ayers and Obama were two of the six members of the “Intellectuals in Times of Crisis” panel.

And Campus Watch reports on a farewell dinner for the radical Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi, who was leaving the Arab American Action Network to take the Edward Said endowed chair at Colombia University, where Obama, Ayers, and Dohrn all gave glowing testimonials to Khalidi – whose group received $75,000 from the Woods Foundation

In bringing professor Khalidi to Morningside Heights from the University of Chicago, Columbia also got itself a twofer of Palestinian activism and advocacy. Mr. Khalidi’s wife, Mona, who also served in Beirut as chief editor of the English section of the WAFA press agency, was hired as dean of foreign students at Columbia’s SIPA, working under Dean Anderson. In Chicago, the Khalidis founded the Arab American Action Network, and Mona Khalidi served as its president. A big farewell dinner was held in their honor by AAAN with a commemorative book filled with testimonials from their friends and political allies. These included the left wing anti-war group Not In My Name, the Electronic Intifada, and the ex-Weatherman domestic terrorists Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. (There were also testimonials from then-state Senator Barack Obama and the mayor of Chicago.)

This information along with the fact that Obama served with Ayers on the Board of the Woods Foundation, gives the lie to Obama’s claim that he doesn’t know Ayers very well. And both of those forums at U of C were set up by none other than Michelle Obama in her capacity as University of Chcago PR executive; evidently she too saw nothing wrong in glad handing with terrorists.

It is beyond belief that the press is just now getting around to this, the most incredible of all Obama radical associations. And the scary thought is that it will change few minds about Obama and his hypocritical brand of “new politics.”

Andy McCarthy penetrates Obama’s moral myopia:

Here in 2008, the point is not that we should hold Obama accountable for “detestable acts” Ayers committed decades ago.

It’s that the vision which drove Ayers to savagery back then — a revolutionary vision “progressives” have vaporously relabeled “social justice” — is the same vision to which he still clings: the vision of a racist, imperious, exploitative America in need of upheaval. A vision we have every reason to think Obama, the Agent of Change, shares.

In the alternative, you could, I suppose, just tell yourself that Obama — a star at Harvard Law School who has risen like a meteor to a seat in the United States Senate and the verge of his party’s presidential nomination — somehow managed the feat despite being utterly clueless. Perhaps he looks at Ayers and really does see an English teacher, looks at Wright and sees only your average Christian pastor.

The question then becomes, are you comfortable with a president who looks at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and thinks, “Oh yeah, he’s that engineering student who was mayor of Tehran”?

See-Dubya’s handy guide to which terrorists support which Dem candidates is so good, I’m reprinting it here:

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And to round out the profile of Ayers and Dohrn, here’s a flashback to my 2002 column on radical red diaper baby Chesa Boudin, to whom the terrorist couple have served as legal guardians. The apple doesn’t fall far from the rotted tree:

Being the child of left-wing domestic terrorists means never having to say you’re sorry.

Such is the case of young Chesa Boudin, hailed on the front page of the New York Times this week for overcoming “striking challenges” and lifelong suffering to win a prestigious Rhodes scholarship. In a lengthy tear-jerker profile, Boudin is elevated to hero status as the article details his childhood bouts with epilepsy, dyslexia, and “temper tantrums,” before going on to Yale, traveling the world, and hitting the lecture circuit to exploit his celebrity status.

Boudin is the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, members of the militant Weathermen. They’re the 1960s group of rich-kid radicals who bombed government buildings and corporate headquarters, aided convicted felons in jail breaks, and participated in a 1981 Brinks’ armored car holdup in Nyack, N.Y., that took the lives of three innocent Americans in the name of “peace.” Boudin’s mother and father were convicted for their participation in the Nyack murders and armed robbery, and remain remorselessly in prison today.

Two of the holdup victims gunned down in the botched Brinks’ robbery were police officers. One was a private security guard. All three were veterans from working-class backgrounds. Neither the Times nor any other media outlet that has breathlessly reported on Boudin’s Rhodes scholarship win has even seen fit to print the names of the Nyack victims: Waverly Brown, Edward O’Grady, and Peter Paige.

What about the “striking challenges” faced by these three officers’ children, who were robbed of their fathers forever and have never enjoyed the privileged lifestyle of a radical son like Chesa Boudin? Brown, who served in the Air Force after the Korean War, had two grown daughters and a teenage son. O’Grady, who served in the Marines and did two tours of duty in Vietnam, left behind a wife and three children – 6, 2, and 6 months old. Paige, a Navy veteran, also left behind a wife and three kids – 19, 16, and 9.

On the matter of their suffering and hardships, Chesa Boudin and his fawning interviewers are silent.

Chesa Boudin’s indifference to the victims of his parents’ ideological jihad was reinforced by his adoptive parents–unrepentant Weathermen colleagues Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers celebrated bombing the Pentagon in his recent radical memoir, “Fugitive Days,” and now teaches at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dohrn declared war on “Amerikka,” helped stage the “Days of Rage” in Chicago, when Weathermen blew up a memorial statue to police officers and rioted violently, leaving 75 policemen wounded and one permanently injured in a wheelchair, and then spent years as a fugitive from justice before settling into a comfy post as director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University.

From both his biological and adoptive parents, Chesa Boudin has learned to stew in the indignant self-pity of Marxist leftovers. “When I was younger, I was angry,” the 22-year-old told his sympathetic Times interviewer. “Now I’m not angry. I’m sad that my parents have to suffer what they have to suffer on a daily basis, that millions of other people have to suffer as well.”

Boudin is not talking about the families of victims who died as a result of Weathermen-sponsored violence. No, Boudin is talking about “urban misery in Bolivia, homelessness in Santiago and illiteracy in Guatemala.” Praised by the p.c.-infected Rhodes scholarship committee for his “passion” and willingness to “fight the world’s fight,” Boudin stands by the Weathermen’s revolutionary agenda: “My parents were all dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world. I’m dedicated to the same thing.”

Cecil Rhodes must be turning in his grave. So, too, Waverly Brown, Edward O’Grady, and Peter Paige. What to do? While the Rhodes trustees lavish money on the red-diaper baby Boudin, there is a tiny fund to honor the officers who died in the brutal crime involving Boudin’s parents. The O’Grady Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund helps deserving Rockland County, N.Y., students pursuing careers of public service in law enforcement. Checks can be made payable to: O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 1024, Nyack, NY 10960.

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