An interesting detail on Bill Ayers:
In a very unusual move, University of Illinois trustees today denied giving emeritus status to controversial retired professor William Ayers.
The vote, at a U. of I. board meeting in Urbana, was unanimous and came after a passionate speech by board chair Christopher Kennedy, who invoked the 1968 assassination of his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in saying that he was voting his "conscience."
The other trustees, without comment, also voted against the appointment.
But in an emotional statement, Kennedy discussed his reasons for voting against Ayers' request.
"I am guided by my conscience and one which has been formed by a series of experiences, many of which have been shared with the people of our country and mark each of us in a profound way," Kennedy said.
He said he could not confer the title "to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father."
Kennedy was referring a 1974 book co-authored by Ayers, "Prairie Fire," which was dedicated to a long list of people including Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan and "all political prisoners in the U.S."
Ayers became a controversial figure in Barack Obama's presidential campaign because they worked on a school-reform initiative together, leading opponents to say Obama was linked to a "terrorist."
They worked on a school reform initiative together. Well, that's one way of putting it. Bill Ayers led the creation of the Chicago Ammenberg Challenge and Obama parachuted in from nowhere to chair it. That just added another layer to the confusion and misinformation regarding the truth of the Obama/Ayers relationship.
But that is old news! The new news is of this rift between Kennedy and Ayers. Since Obama was adopted by Ted Kennedy during the 2008 race, one wonders whether he will still have the once-vaunted Kennedy machine firmly in his corner in 2008. We presume so, but our hope is that this will prod someone into probing for the real truth behind the phony truth currently on offer from team Obama. Obama biographer David Remnick did include this head-scratcher, which contradicts the current Team Obama position:
“Ayers helped bring Obama onto the Annenberg board.”
For the current fog from ObamaLand, here is Scott Shane of the Times, reporting as of Sept 2008:
In March 1995, Mr. Obama became chairman of the six-member board that oversaw the distribution of grants in Chicago. Some bloggers have recently speculated that Mr. Ayers had engineered that post for him.
In fact, according to several people involved, Mr. Ayers played no role in Mr. Obama’s appointment. Instead, it was suggested by Deborah Leff, then president of the Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based group whose board Mr. Obama, a young lawyer, had joined the previous year. At a lunch with two other foundation heads, Patricia A. Graham of the Spencer Foundation and Adele Simmons of the MacArthur Foundation, Ms. Leff suggested that Mr. Obama would make a good board chairman, she said in an interview. Mr. Ayers was not present and had not suggested Mr. Obama, she said.
Unlikely, and contradicted by Remnick, but that's their story, for now.