The commercial Obama has tried to get pulled off the air... But what exactly is the problem with it, does it tell the truth or not?
GLENN: All right. So he is going to address the world tonight as a citizen of the world, and he's not going to talk about things that he doesn't want to talk about. He's not going to talk about William Ayers. I bring William Ayers up today because there's a campaign ad running, paid for by Barack Obama.
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GLENN: In select cities, and here is the ad that Barack Obama is run
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GLENN: That the candidate for the Democratic party is running.
OBAMA: I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message.
VOICE: With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the Sixties, trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers. McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers' crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old. Let's talk about standing up for America today. John McCain wants to spend $10 billion a month in Iraq. Tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, selling out American workers. John McCain, just more of the same.
GLENN: I have not heard Barack Obama denounce William Ayers. Here's the I'm sorry. His crimes.
STU: That's very well worded. That was carefully crafted.
GLENN: Thank you. Here is that almost sounds like, "I don't agree with their tactics... but." Here is the ad that Barack Obama is
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GLENN: That Zeus is trying to get pulled from the air. It is not run by John McCain. It is run by the billionaire in Texas that did the Swift Boat thing. I know Fox is not even running this ad. I'm running this ad because I think you should know what the controversy is about and then I'm going to give you a little history on William Ayers and I'll even bring it up to today because why focus on the 1960s. You're right. Here's the ad that Barack Obama does not
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GLENN: Thank you. does not want you to hear.
VOICE: Beyond the speeches how much do you know about Barack Obama? What does he really believe? Consider this. United 93 never hit the capitol on 9/11 but the capitol was bombed 30 years before by an American terrorist group called Weather Underground, that declared war on the U.S., targeting the capitol, the Pentagon, police stations and more. One of the group's leaders, William Ayers, admits to the bombings, proudly saying later, "We didn't do enough." Some members of the group Ayers founded even went on to kill police. But Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as "Respectable and mainstream." Obama's political career was launched at Ayers' home and the two served together on a left wing board. Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the Capitol and is proud of it? Do you know enough to elect Barack Obama? American Issues Project is responsible for the content of this ad.
GLENN: Stop. Tell me where that's inaccurate, Stu. Friends, maybe? But I'll get to that here in a second. Friends?
STU: Yeah. I mean, I don't think that they're making inaccurate statements. Obviously they're going to complain.
GLENN: They are threatening litigation, they are threatening all kinds of stuff. Go ahead.
STU: Ayers did all that stuff. He did all of it and Barack Obama was not connected by any of that stuff.
GLENN: The Obama ad is right. Those things happened when Barack Obama was 8. So he's not connected to any of the Weather Underground stuff.
STU: Right. You've got to wonder why they say he's a buddy.
GLENN: Why do you announce your campaign at this guy's house. Now, who is he? Let me give you the history of William Ayers. I gave it to you in a thumbnail. You can find it several places. The most concise comes out of 101 Professors, and this is a book about the worst professors in America, okay? William Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago. Wait a minute. A connection to University of Illinois and Barack Obama. Isn't this where Barack Obama also has taught some classes and used Solwinski, yet another 1960s radical, another anarchist? Yes. William Ayers, he's the leader of the Weathermen. It was a group of students for a Democratic society. This is in 1969. They went underground to become America's very first terrorist cult. The Weathermen have been described by Ayers as "An American red army." Got it? American communist army. I don't believe we've had other armies in this country. American red army. In 1969 the Weather Underground issued a formal declaration of war on America. And by the way, America is spelled A M E R I KKK A. Sound familiar? Is there anybody else in Barack Obama's life? Is there anybody else in Barack Obama's life that has described U.S. of KKK A? They attempted to incite white student radicals to engage in terrorist activities that would provoke a race war in America, spelled with three Ks. White radicals would shed their white skin privilege to aid third world peoples in plundering the ill gotten wealth of the United States. Ayers summed up the ideology as, quote, and I quote William Ayers: Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents. End quote.
I don't care how long it has been since you said this. That phrase should stay with you as an albatross around your neck for the rest of your life. Now, that again was said in the 1960s. So let's continue to follow the repentant attitude of Mr. Williams Ayers who again said kill all the rich. Listen to this in the context of the message of Barack Obama. I do not believe Barack Obama wants to kill the rich. I do not believe that Barack Obama would ever say or ever want anyone to kill their parents. That is not Barack Obama. However, listen to Barack Obama's rhetoric on socialism. Listen to his rhetoric on class warfare. Listen and put this into context with what Obama says about the working man and the best way for the working men, that there has to be a fundamental change of redistribution of wealth. Some to put into Michelle Obama's words, "Some people are going to have to give up their piece of pie so others can have more." Same words, just let me rephrase. I don't agree with their tactics, but I understand their point of view. "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and parts. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents." The Weather Underground managed to bomb the U.S. capitol building, New York City police headquarters, the Pentagon, the National Guard offices in Washington D.C., among many other targets. In 1970, three of the members blew themselves up in a Manhattan townhouse where they were making a bomb they planned to set off at a social dance for young military recruits and their dates at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The FBI was unable to catch Ayers and his other cohorts. They were protected listen carefully. They were protected by the networks of the progressive left. They were protected by the networks of the progressive left, including their expensive lawyers, for five years, until the organizations dissolved through internal conflict.
So for five years the progressive left, with all of their money, protected them using the progressive left's attorneys until the Weather Underground finally broke apart. They surfaced again in 1980. They received no serious jail time for their crimes, being let off on a technicality that they had been improperly surveilled. So they didn't really serve any jail time for blowing up anything because the pigs were doing things they shouldn't have done.
They went back to college where their political comrades now tenured in faculty helped them embark on new careers. Ayers became a professor of early childhood education and a senior university scholar at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has never changed or modified his political views. Professor Ayers has written a series of books about parenting, including to become a teacher, city kids, city teachers. His most recent book, Fugitive Days, is a memoir of his Weathermen exploits. In chaotic text, professor Ayers recounts his life as a 1960s radical, his role as an organizer in the 1969 days of rage riots in Chicago, his tenure as a Weatherman leader, his terrorist campaign across America and in his most recent book, his hatred for America, he says, "What a country. It makes me want to puke." When interviewed shortly after surfacing from the terrorist underground in a kindergarten where he was already teaching, Ayers comment, reflecting on his fortunes, quote: Guilty as hell, free as a bird, America. What a great country. End quote.
In recounting his bombing crusade, he has said, "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 soon 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." In unbelievable irony he was interviewed. The New York Times ran a profile of him to mark the publication of the book that I just quoted from. That article ran an September 11th, 2001. While the world was watching the World Trade Centers come down, nobody picked up the paper to read the New York Times that day because already the news was old. But this is what he was quoted as saying in the New York Times on September 11th, 2001. Quote: I don't regret setting bombs. I don't feel we did enough. End quote.
Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Professor Ayers wrote in his memoir, quote: 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, end quote. When reflecting on whether or not he would use bombs against the U.S. in future, a senior university scholar, Williams Ayers writes, quote: I can't imagine entirely dismissing the possibility.
That is William Ayers. By the way, his book, 1998, A Kind and Just Parent. He argues that we have to overcome our prejudices concerning violent juvenile offenders. In his book that came out in 2001, Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in our Schools. Professor Ayers argues against expelling children from classrooms especially if they are black or Latino. In a book that came out in 2004 in teaching towards freedom, moral commitment and ethical action in the classroom, Professor Ayers writes that an unrepented I'm sorry, the unrepentant terrorist writes an evocative lesson about education and humanity must be taught from Pablo Neruda, I don't know who he is, he is apparently a communist bureaucrat, and Malcolm X. In order to explain what students should be for and what students should be against. Malcolm X and a communist is what our children should be taught so they know what they should be for and against. That's William Ayers.
Now, you can dismiss this man and say, well, that's 1960s. No, it's not. He has never said, "I've changed my ways." He never said, "Well, I did stupid stuff while I was young." He still today will not rule out the possibility of making war on the United States and using bombs to blow up buildings. Today he won't do that. And yet Barack Obama launched his campaign at this man's house. Good God almighty in his seat in heaven, how much more evidence do you need before you question the people standing around Barack Obama.
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GLENN: There he is in his I forgot. He was not in his judgment seat. He's getting ready to come out of the floor, you know, at Zeus' pavilion tonight. Why did Barack Obama come out and try everything he can to shut this down? Because there is no evidence that Barack Obama believes in the violence. But let me tell you something. I don't associate with this man. I don't serve on a board with this man. I don't launch anything. Because when I'm around William Ayers and I hear, "Let's have a launch party," it might be surface to air missiles. I don't know. I don't launch anything at this man's house. Whether he's a friend, I don't know. But he certainly seems to be a political ally of some sort.