Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama Trying To Stop Attack Ad From Airing

A Republican 527 group is out with an attack ad highlighting the relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers.

While a radical activist during the 1960s, Ayers went underground for eleven years starting in 1969 as a co-founder of the violent and radical Weatherman group.

"During that time his infatuation with street fighting grew and he developed a language of confrontational militancy that became more and more extreme over the year [1969]", former Weatherman member Cathy Wilkerson wrote in 2001.

In June 1969, the Weatherman took control of the SDS at its national convention, where Ayers was elected "Education Secretary".

Later in 1969, Ayers participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. The blast broke almost 100 windows and blew pieces of the statue onto the nearby Kennedy Expressway. The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970, and blown up again by Weatherman on October 6, 1970. Built yet again, the city posted a 24-hour police guard to prevent another blast. He participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago that October, and in December was at the "War Council" meeting in Flint, Michigan, according to Wikipedia.

Obama has sent this letter to television stations asking them not to air the ad. But, Bam should know that requesting an ad be pulled, in the age of the internet, will only result in more curiosity about the ad. Here it is:

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