February 11th, 2009
06:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill Ayers has an idea for Palin

Palin highlighted Obama's connection to Bill Ayers during the presidential campaign.
Palin highlighted Obama's connection to Bill Ayers during the presidential campaign.

(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.


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  1. anna

    all you people wh are for palin are total FREAKS!!!!!!!! palin is the most idiotic person alive and if she became the vp mcain would die soon enuf from old age or something and then shed become the prez and then shed totally DESTROY the economy and just get the whole country in a very horrible situation.

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Lord Insidious

    The National Guard shot people at an online university?? wow! (It was Kent State.)

    Agree, Lorna. I wish this wasn't a joke – I would totally watch this!

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Jenny

    I hope no one's confusing this Bill Ayers with another notorious Bill Ayres, the child psychiatrist out in California who will stand trial for child molestation this coming May.

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Steve

    Are you all kidding??? Now this guy is a rock star and Palin, with an 80% approval rating in her own state is a joke? You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Go check his past. Way to go NY Times Lefty Loon magizine...That's why you'll out of business soon!

    February 11, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. goob

    palin powr an kay... you people are freaks!!!

    February 11, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. sally

    i agree with goob

    February 11, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. cobra

    Looks like all the democrats on here like the fact that the democratic party loves guys like Ayers, way to go!!! He should be in prison but BJ Clinton pardoned the killer.

    February 11, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Crappy

    Scott – The story by CNN that you are repeating is a lie. Alaska is doing quite well.

    February 11, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Republicans are about as cool as being on fire.

    February 11, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Pursang

    mswannabehawaiiantropic is a nitwit that this Alaskan would love to see be led off in hand cuffs....

    February 11, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    I'm just shocked at all of the comments here criticizing Palin, but not criticizing Bill Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist. Either these individuals don't realize who this man is or these O-bots are sick individuals.

    February 11, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Mike Melton

    Stay tuned. Ayers will no doubt get a Cabinet post. After all, the inmates are running the prison.

    February 11, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Adam

    On the Liberal Obama lovers can think that this Ayers guy is another anti american domestic terrorist that Obama has been linked to.
    But hey the Obama presidency has gone swimmingly so far huh, it's be all eff ups since his messed up swearing in that was his fault for starting to say I barrack mulism obama before he was supposed to.
    Congrats left wing, you have brought an end to our country....YAY!

    February 11, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Former Marine Air-winger

    Maybe if we are lucky Bill can start building pipe bombs again, and be in the room when it goes off this time

    February 11, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. David S. Robins

    Hey, Bill Ayers has a good idea. After all, Sarah Palin is every bit as extreme as any Weather Underground member was back in 1968. She'll fit right in with the ayatollahs and the Taliban.

    February 11, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. James in Columbus

    Hey, it doesn't matter whether you are liberal or conservative- there is NO reason in the world to report on anything that Ayers has to say. It is your duty as an American to ignore this dispicable person. Palin is right to ignore him, and Keith Olberman would be right to stick Ayers into the irrelevant halls of history. No decent American can look at this guy and feel anything but contempt.

    February 11, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. NCRedhead

    Kay, thanks for my only laugh all day....I just love hearing from seriously deluded Palin fans.

    February 11, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. hitobito

    Charles Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?
    Palin: In what respect Charlie?
    Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?
    Palin: His world view?
    Comment: she has no bloody idea. She tries to bluff her way through this and comes off looking like a soccer mom bimbo.
    Draw you own conclusions. The Governor from Alaska is a dimwitted bimbo!

    February 11, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. dp

    Love Palin!!

    February 11, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. lakeside176

    Hey Debbie.......you are so stupid, you don't even know you are stupid.

    February 11, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. republicans hate america

    I think Ayers will make Palin look look even dumber then she already is. Palin couldnt debate cookie monster on a hangover

    February 11, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Sean

    I see the lefty bloggers are out in usual force against Palin again. It seems very obvious that you are worried about the threat this woman could pose to your golden boy in 2012. Keep up the attacks on her and her character. In the end, she'll have the knockout blow.

    Btw, Happy Birthday Governor Palin!

    February 11, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. Palin fan...NOT

    Palin just brings out the worst in people. Boy am I glad she is not vice president.

    February 11, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. blanco

    She is so beautiful

    February 11, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. Kim Ohio Independent Mom

    Dont worry even if the Dems screw up, America will never forget the hate and racism of the GOP. GOP is identified with racism in America. That is going to be a tough label to get rid of. Sara was a disaster for GOP. I can see the ads now in the 2012 election.

    Even if they get a token black man like Steele, he will not get the minority vote. Black America can not stand Steele or Blackwell. So they will get to the end and run a new Democrat before they let another conservative politician back in. This country is too diverse now. Even white Americans want the best candidate not just their party's candidate.

    February 11, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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