This photo of Barrack Obama’s friend and associate, William Ayers has ricocheted around the Internet all day, and may eventually be seen on TV news. It’s from a 2001 Chicago Magazine profile of the Sixties radical and leader of the domestic terrorist group, Weather Underground.
This wasn’t a candid, unplanned shot of an unintended accident. Mr. Ayers posed for this photo. He wanted readers to see him standing on the wadded up American flag. This 2001 photo would seem to undermine Obama’s characterization of Ayers as a former radical, turned genteel professor and patriotic citizen.
Ayers and his convicted terrorist wife, Bernardine Dohrn, are folk heroes to the far left. Association with Ayers is an indication of Obama’s political comfort zone, contradicting his claim to be a unifier who is above radical politics.
So far Obama has tried to dismiss his dozen year connection with Ayers as politically inconsequential, the same way he tried to dismiss Reverend Wright – until the Reverend made a spectacle of himself. Perhaps this photo will turn out to be spectacle enough to bring forth a second denunciation and, as the media like to say, “throwing under the bus.”
The day this photo was taken Ayers and Obama served together on the board of the Woods Fund, of Chicago. The Woods fund claims to be trying to reduce poverty, but not by helping the poor. Here’s an excerpt from the Woods Fund website:
The Woods Fund is particularly interested in supporting those organizations and initiatives that focus on enabling work and reducing poverty within Chicago’s less advantaged communities. Grants are given exclusively to organizations with agendas benefit metropolitan Chicago and are concentrated in two program areas: Community Organizing and Public Policy.
In other words, The Woods fund gives money not to the poor or to charities or to churches, but to political activists who then hound government to use its power to extract more resources from taxpayers.
This approach to “helping” the poor is consistent with the Leftist view that malevolent political forces who prevent government from intervening enough into the lives of The People cause poverty.
The federal government already spends almost a Trillion Dollars annually on direct aid to individuals, not including Social Security, military retirement or federal employee retirement. States, counties and cities spend an approximately equal amount.
Obama’s web site, under the heading “poverty,” offers no new ideas. But there is a laundry list of ways to increase Federal spending on aid to individuals. Obama ignores the Trillions already spent over four decades without achieving the promised result, reducing or eliminating poverty. Obama has no proposal to audit these tired old programs to see if they’re not based on flawed assumptions.
The association with Ayers doesn’t make Obama a terrorist. But it does contradict Obama’s claim to be a post-partisan unifier. He is, in fact, an ideologue, very much at home with the radical left.