WILL "IN-THE-SAME-ROOM-GATE" SINK OBAMA?
Yes, folks, Fox thinks this is big news:
Documents released Tuesday by the University of Illinois at Chicago shed some light on Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a founding member of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground.
...The massive collection of newly released documents -- 140 boxes full of them -- includes agendas that clearly put Obama and Ayers in the same room for meetings of Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational initiative that Ayers was instrumental in starting and that Obama chaired in the 1990s.
... In one agenda, a March 15, 1995, meeting featured Obama making introductions and Ayers giving a briefing....
Yes, it's true -- Ayers gave a briefing! Presumably while Obama sipped coffee several seats away at a conference table!
Wait -- it gets worse:
But more than a year later, Obama pushed the group to be bolder in its reforms, according to the Associated Press, which also reviewed the documents. Minutes from an October 1996 gathering show that Obama, a guest at a meeting of the collaborative, raised questions about what the group should be doing.
The AP reports the minutes characterized Obama’s concerns as twofold: Whether the group was raising additional money and whether money was being used “to prop up existing organizations as opposed to creating fresh educational practices in the schools?”
“At the end of five years, will we have broken the mold? Not much seems to be bubbling up that is inspiring or substantive,” the minutes say, paraphrasing Obama....
He wanted the group's work to be "inspiring" and "substantive"! Aren't those secret code words meaning "Off the bourgeois pigs"????
This is the lead story at Lucianne.com right now. Michelle Malkin says, "Obama's Ayers problem deepens." (Yeah,it sure does -- examination of further documents might prove he poured a cup of coffee for Ayers, or nodded in agreement at Ayers recommendation on educational practices!)
I shouldn't laugh -- the press will obviously help the GOP make this a huge story, at a time and place of the GOP's choosing. But the fact is, there's no there there.
Ayers was deemed a free man by the government. That's not Obama's doing. He was welcomed into influential political and policy circles. That's not Obama's doing. He was doing legitimate work that overlapped with Obama's. So Obama worked interacted with him. End of story.