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PHILADELPHIA, PA.--Mayor Daley vouched for William Ayers on Thursday, praising the educator--and former radical-- for his work on Chicago public school reform programs and sending a strong message of reassurance to voters who may be worried about Ayers association with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), which is a non-stop topic lately on Fox News.

Daley press secretary Jackie Heard said Daley decided on his own Thursday morning to issue a statement, after seeing Ayers' name surface in the Wednesday Democratric debate, portrayed as an unrepentant former member of the Weather Underground. Daley's brother, Bill, the former Commerce Secretary under Bill Clinton is an Obama backer; Daley's media consultant is David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist.

'I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles," Daley said.

STATEMENT OF MAYOR RICHARD M. DALEY REGARDING SENATOR BARACK OBAMA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH BILL AYERS:

There are a lot of reasons that Americans are angry about Washington politics. And one more example is the way Senator Obama’s opponents are playing guilt-by-association, tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers.

I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.

I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles.


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Does this pass the smell test?
Ayers and Dohrn's acquittal based on flawed FBI work? And then they become the darlings of society, do-gooders, and all that?
Well, they RUINED the SDS. They ruined the non-violent peace movement. And they made it possible for harsh laws against civil disobedience to be passed. Ask Todd Gitlin about Ayers and Dohrn. The Weather jerks were a DISASTER for the left. Times are tough so you lose your head?
This, combined with Rezko--Jeesh. Nothing like a Marxist to know how to exploit the system, is there?
Here's a link to read about the SDS and Ayers. http://www.erowid.org/library/books_online/making_peace_with.pdf and here's a photo of Da Boss and Da Mare. Da Mare is shouting "****er!" at Abe Ribicoff.
http://www.suntimes.com/realchicago/1960s/51.html

Lynn--when will you post the 2 minute video of Obama berating the news media for asking him a tough follow up on stuff that fell out of his own mouth and then flipping off HIlary?
Here's an url for that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhkq11UExcw *:22 seconds in
or: http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2008/04/obama-gives-hillary-finger-video.html


http://www.suntimes.com/realchicago/1960s/51.html

ARE YOU LISTENING SEAN STUCK ON STUPID HANNITY!
ARE YOU GOING TO REPORT WHAT MAYOR DALEY SAID, YOU'RE THE ONLY
ONE BARKING ABOUT WILLIAM AYERS!
HANNITY PLEASE READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH, AND GO OUT AND HAVE A
SHOT AND A BEER WITH HILLARY!
SEAN HANNITY GET A NEW TOPIC, STOP TRYING TO PUT FEAR INTO THIS
ELECTION, AND DON'T SEND SPIES TO FUNERALS!
I DON'T THINK SEAN HANNITY COULD WORK ON A REAL NEWS STATION!
OBAMA IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB!

The ABC Debate was a Sham and very one-sided.. ask Barack all the Got-cha questions and never question Hillary about Mark Penn and Columbia? What kind of fairness is that.

George must of owed Bill Clinton a big favor & Bill got it! Is that why he never once asked Hillary about Mark Penn and Columbia? Is that not pertinent to the campaign as he says? Yes. And, Obama was 8 years old when Ayers committed his offensive act, to try to tie Obama to that is ludicrous! If America is to get to a more Positive place, we will need a leader who is positive and inspirational, one like Barack Obama. Clinton in her willingness to lie, divide and conquer has wallowed in negativity and negativity begets negativity... we don't need that kind of personality leading America at this time or any time... that is if we want to get to a more positive place. Obama, if elected, will be the People's President and much beloved!

it's a good and accurate statement. I want to know why Obama couldn't own up to the association in the debate and why he couldn't essentially say what Mayor Daley just said.

Obama's connection to Bill Ayer has been alluded to for months and It was clear it was going to come up in some comtext - just like the Rev. Wright issues. Whenver Barack gets tough questions that are predictable - he doesn't seem to be able to handle them well.

Barack can't get away for too much longer asserting that questions about such matters are the "old politics". What is he going to do when he is President when he gets the questions he doesn't feel he should be asked?

The fact that Daley vouches for the terrorist Ayers really makes me feel better. The SOB is just as corrupt as his father was before him, if not worse! The additional fact that Daley family members are part of the Obama campaign and were part of the original Klinton administration is just more reason that the Socialist(read: "Communist") Obama will not be getting my vote. I've spent almost 2/3 of my life defending this great country and its Constitution against the likes of the corrupt Daleys and those they support!

I am stunned - although I know Bill and have tremendous respect for him - to hear a mayor named Daley defending someone named Ayers. As a Movement activist/journalist (I edit Next Left Notes) I intend to mention this anytime some discouraged progressive tells me that we haven't made any progress in the struggle for peace and justice. The Movement has changed over the years - becoming expressly nonviolent and antiauthoritarian - and society is slowly changing as well. The resistance to the Iraq debacle - in February of 2003 - is ample evidence of the level of political sophistication amongst US citizens and residents. It appears that only the US government is stuck in the mud - the citizenry wants to move on.

As a New Yorker I am also not surprised at Hillary Clinton's attempts to smear Obama. I have covered numerous protests outside Clinton's Manhattan office. Her positions on the issues are terrible and she has alienated most NYC based peace activists. She attacks Obama in an unprincipled way because ad hominem is all she has left in the face of the so-called Obamamania.

Bravo Mayor Daley.

DISGUSTING ! I just lost respect for Mayor Daley. Ayers is an issue. My gosh, he and his wife set off BOMBS at government facilities. A person DIED at Wisconsin-Madison at a lab from a bomb set-off by the Weathermen. Daley's dad's friend, Richard Elrod, was CRIPPLED by these punks when he tried to help stop their rioting. To say, "yes, but there ok now" is like saying we could release a Timothy McVey for setting off bombs and 40 years later "we're suppose to totally forgive him because he's a contributor to society now." NO--NO--NO ! Ayers was a totally rich (I'll say it) spoiled WHITE brat, who got away (a slap on the wrist) with bombings, etc. because of his father's wealth and connections. And the fact he's now getting paid by the taxpayers of the state of Illinois (U of I is a state school folks) shows just what a hypocrite he is and how and where the system is wrong. Why does U. of Illinois even hire a convicted felon in the first place? The average poor convict just out of prison sure wouldn't get such a break and YOU know it.

I am so sick of people belittling Barack Obama and trying to prove him guilty by association. I have been a faithful viewer of Fox News, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity for years, but now I find myself changing the station because I can't look at the constant repeats of Jeremiah Wright's comments. I admire Barack for not disowning his minister. I don't condone Wright's comments but I certainly don't attribute his thoughts to Barack. I do believe that church has done a tremendous amount of good in the community and I'm willing to let God be the final judge in this matter. In the meantime I am an elderly white woman, Republican (I thought), totally loving and supporting Barack Obama.

Daley would have vouched for Rezko too at one time, Mayor Daley is a self serving idiot. The only reason Ayers is not in jail is because of his wealth and the power it holds with the political world, Daley loves people with money and will say and do anything to defend them no matter how horrible they are.

YOU GUYS GO OUT AND HAVE A SHOT AND A BEER WITH HILLARY, YOU'RE
CRYING LIKE BABIES, THE MAN OBAMA IS A GENTLEMAN, SOMETHING
SEAN STUCK ON STUPID HANNITY DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT, AND
BILL O'REILLY SHOULD GO BACK TO SYLVIA'S IN HARLEM AND HAVE SOME
REAL FOOD, MAYBE HE WOULD ACT LIKE A REAL HUMAN-BEING!
MAYOR DALEY, FATHER MIKE, BARACK OBAMA ARE REAL MEN!
THEY KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET EVERYONE FREE!
BARACK OBAMA WILL BEAT MCCAIN, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE IS A WAR-
HERO THAT'S ABOUT IT, HE DIDN'T VOTE FOR DR. KING'S HOLIDAY, SO
HE'S UNDER THE BUS FROM THE JUMP. DON'T LET FOX NEWS TAKE YOUR
EYE OFF THE PRIZE, IT'S ABOUT JUDGES, HEALTHCARE, THE ECONOMY,
GETTING RID OF HALLIBURTON, KBR, AND BLACKWATER!
GETTING RID OF DICK CHENEY FOREVER AND A DAY!
GETTING THE THROOPS OUT OF IRAQ!
WHO'S GETTING ALL THAT OIL? GAS IS 4 DOLLARS A GALLON, VOTE FOR
OBAMA BEFORE WE END UP ON THE BREAD LINE!
JOBS GETTING SHIPPED TO INDIA, AND EUROPE, 28 MILLION ON FOOD
STAMPS, DON'T TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PRIZE!

Does anyone not think that Daley benefits from an Obama White House? Come on people! Daley would defend Satan himself if he thought it would give him influence in Washington. This is not that complicated. Nobody in Chicago politics cares what you do as long as you have money and influence. Period.

Ayers and wife were not radicals, they didn't just demonstrate
against the war, put up posters or participate in sit-ins. They
chose to become domestic terrorists! They planned and secured
explosives and carried their ventures with their allies. This is
not about Sen. Obama "running into him in the neighborhood", as he
put it. He sought him out. Once again, he's presented a less than
honest account of his relationship with Ayers. It is Barack's
JUDGEMENT that is in question on this and other matters.
http://www.AudacityofHypocrisy.com
He would like us to think he's all about "new" politics. It is not new. Packaged different and the rhetoric has a better presen-
tation. But, the shiny quality that he had at the start has dulled
under weight of unanwered questions and negative undertone to the
campaign of change. An atmosphere of "threat" to the superdele-
gates, to Tavis Smiley, towards George Stephanopolus by way of a
YouTube video, exists by Obama supporters who think this is the
way to exercise our democracy. MSM people saying, "there'll be
blood in the streets" if Obama is denied? What are we? We have men and women dying and being maimed in Iraq and Afganistan to help them build their democracy. Yet, it is those same members of the
military who have already voted in the certified elections of Florida and
Michigan,that our party would deny a voice in who the nominee
should be! And...we ask to lead them. The "blood in the streets" is
theirs. So, Obama supporter, please, let's drop that kind of talk. I pray for a democratic victory. We must do better than this.

Earline Gosney, can't you understand the HYPOCRISY that alot of us see? This same preacher who screams, "the government (which is us taxpayers) and those rich whites aren't doing enough to help our community and share the wealth in our community." Yet, he accepts a $1.6 MILLION DOLLAR MANSION and in a exclusive rich white neighborhood. Thats $1.6 MILLION DOLLARS that would have done wonders if shared with the NEEDY in the community where his church is located. Can't you comprehend that?

Miss Sweet, why do you insist on referring to Ayers as a "former radical"? Everything this man is involved in are part and parcel of his radical vision for the country. The man calls himself a Marxist and an anarchist, but to you none of this is radical, am I correct? He mocked the country and the judicial system when he said, "Guilty as sin, free as a bird. It's a great country." My only wish is that someday I am dictator-in-chief so I can have Ayers summarily executed for his treason. And then watch all of the lying corrupt liberal pols in Chicago cry crocodile tears over this fetid pile of dung.

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