Obama: "The gentleman in question, Bill Ayers, is a college professor, teaches education at the University of Illinois, " he said. "That's how i met him -- working on a school reform project that was funded by an ambassador and very close friend of Ronald Reagan's" along with "a bunch of conservative businessmen and civic leaders."
"Ultimately, I ended up learning about the fact that he had engaged in this reprehensible act 40 years ago, but I was eight years old at the time and I assumed that he had been rehabilitated, " Obama said.
What McCain is attempting to do is called McCarthyism.
Barack Obama led an education foundation called "The Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) . During that time, the group channeled more than 100 million dollars to radical community organizers and hard left education activists in Chicago.
But what was the CAC anyway. It was the creation of Bill Ayres. Obama has sought to downplay his association with Ayres, who hosted Obama's first political fundraiser in his own home and was a big money-raiser.
But documents in the CAC archives make clear that Ayers and Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago. According to these archives, Mr. Obama and Mr. Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda.
The CAC's agenda flowed from the philosophy of Antonio Gromsci, leader of Italy's Communist Party in the 1960's. Gromsci discarded violent revolution for undermining a democratic country's institutions, particularly the schools, so as to radicalize the nation's youth. Likewise the Ayers/Obama educational philosophy, called for downplaying achievement and scholarship in return for hatred of America and its institutions.