Bill Ayers has an idea for Palin
February 12, 2009
by Peter Hamby
(CNN) Sarah Palin once accused Barack Obama of "palling around with
terrorists," a catchphrase intended to highlight Obama's connection
to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers.
Now that the campaign rhetoric has subsided, Ayers has an idea for a
new show starring his Alaskan nemesis.
"I did send her a note after the election," he says of Palin in the
upcoming issue of the New York Times magazine. "I suggested that we
have a talk show together called 'Pallin' Around With Sarah and
Bill.' I haven't heard back."
Ayers assiduously avoided interviews and press attention during the
presidential race, but he insists the Obama campaign never told him
to keep quiet.
"They apparently didn't want to call me, and I certainly wouldn't
have initiated it," he says.
According to Ayers, Obama's election was "a strike against white
supremacy." But, he says, his victory doesn't change the fact that
"40 percent of black kids under 5 live in poverty."
He also says that while he considers himself a radical, he believes
Obama is "a moderate Democrat."
"If you look at his record, it's the record of a moderate, who indeed
does know how to make compromises," Ayers told the magazine.
GSU cancels controversial speaker
By Lyndell Nelson
Published: February 16, 2009
GSU announced that the March visit of professor and controversial
activist Bill Ayers is cancelled. This statement came out after many
students and alumni expressed their opposition through a facebook
group and posts to the school's student newspaper's website. GSU
administration insists that the cancellation is due to budgetary
reasons, not negative feedback for the speaker.
Vice President of Student Affairs Teresa Thompson said that if Ayers
had visited GSU, the cost to secure the venue would have "disrupted
According to Betsy Nolen, Assistant Director of Communications, the
school would have had to spend nearly $13,000 in security expenditures.
Ayers is remembered for his involvement in Weather Underground, an
anti-Vietnam War group that bombed several locations in Washington
D.C. Although the F.B.I. labeled Weather Underground a "domestic
terrorist group," charges against Ayers were dropped due to
Ayers now serves as a professor at the University of Illinois at
Chicago after earning a degree in early childhood education and a
doctorate in curriculum and teaching.
To read GSU student reactions, visit http://www.gadaily.com