February 11th, 2009
06:44 PM ET
6 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. Pam for America & Obama

    Obama never "palled around" with Ayers or any other terrorists. They knew each other from a board they sat on together and one fund raising event. It was another of Palins' lies she used to inspire the hateful far right crowds at her campaign rallies. She did so much to besmirch the good ,well meaning hard working Republicans. She made them all appear to be as evil and dishonest as she is. It never bothered her a bit to directly lie to those people and inflame hate.

    February 11, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    HAHAH! This story is hillarious. I like Ayres now. I would totally download their show off the internet for free :)

    take that palin lovers. muahahah.

    February 11, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Kathy Stenger

    I'd listen to that talk show !

    Sounds like fun, that is if Sarah can break away from her project of allowing the senseless killing of wildlife, raping the land for short term profit and trying to push her narrowminded veiws on to the rest of us.

    Yeah...the woman is a narrow minded pea brain.....I'd listen, that would be fun !

    February 11, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    She had to attack him. It's not as if she had any political chops of her own to talk up (beyond that "Thanks but no thanks" bit). All she and McCain had was talking down folks like Obama and the company they kept once at a luncheon or some such...perhaps Sarah should have been focusing on the company her 17-yr. old daughter was keeping that led to her (Sarah) having to parade around and pimp out her band of misfits on stage at every chance she got. Pregnant teen, no-count, all-of-a-sudden "fiancee" of said teen, special needs kid (who should have been home with a nanny or, better yet, home with his mother), husband who put heat on folks Sarah couldn't handle as governor. It was high comedy as the American public awaited her next syllable with great eagerness...

    February 11, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Phil

    Actually I think this would be a GREAT idea; one a fringe intellectual the other a fringe with "ordinary" intellectual prowess.

    The kind of polarity America is embroiled in!

    February 11, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Matt

    I would tune in to watch this show any time.

    February 11, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. South

    I can not believe she did not take him up on the offer.

    February 11, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Wink WINK !!!

    BILL suggested talk show together called ‘Pallin’ Around With Sarah and Bill.’ I haven’t heard back.”You Betcha!!!

    February 11, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    Sarah is a fine one to talk of "terrorism"; she herself is an "in-house terrorist", advocating the killing the wildlife of her state, from helicopters (wolves), so they won't kill the animals she kills for her stew (moose). I'd say Mr. Ayers show would provide high comedy, though it's not as if the American public needs anymore, after the laughable state of McCain's campaign after he brought Mrs. Palin on board.

    February 11, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Wayne from Fullerton, CA

    Does CNN go out of their way to find a Sarah Palin story everyday?
    This is not my idea of the best news team on television!

    February 11, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Dom M.

    Oh please please please please please please let this happen!!!

    February 11, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. An Independent Hillary

    "When you say Obama, I say Ayers. Obama! Ayers! Obama! Ayers!"

    song snippet from Saturday Night Live

    "a mother humping moose" :-)

    February 11, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. bjon

    Hey David Jacobson in New York...You can take care of this on your own by not clicking on the story...so who's the bigger air head?

    February 11, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Ray Ray

    Hey Bill – you want to blow up things so badly, go to the middle east and strap-on a vest of explosives. Go out with a bang... soon!

    February 11, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. jeff

    Why isn't Ayers in Gitmo? Or, at least locked away somewhere with the key thrown away?

    February 11, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Yeah, I'm kind of sick of reading about her too. She was a joke last Fall and she's a joke today. If I were her, I would WANT the media to totally ignore me.
    Doesn't she have a job in Alaska and a house full of kids to take care of?? Who takes care of all that when she's out "pallin' around"?

    February 11, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. AB Miller

    Palin is dumb and scary. Go away, NOW!

    February 11, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. John

    Unrepentant former terrorist has the temerity to make such a comment on Palin. An independent prosecutor should go after him for his past terrorism which he was never punished.

    February 11, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. annie - Palin 2012

    Why would anyone interview this scumbag ayres. He is not fit to wipe the dust off of Gov. Palin's shoes. If cnn has nothing better to do than interview this criminal then they had better go into a different line of work!

    February 11, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Joanna

    Thats pretty funny. Palin is a joke..

    February 11, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Palin Power February 11th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

    Palin will become President Palin in 2012-2021 and will be America's GREATEST President of ALL TIMES! She will usher in Palinomics which will save the world from a global depression and will bring in the most glorious, golden, and prosperous age in America, even greater than Reaganomics and Clintonomics.

    Geez – what are YOU smoking????

    February 11, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Marti

    CNN, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Are you really so desperate to trash Sarah Palin that you would lower yourself to the level of Bill Ayers to do so. Do you actually find this WORTHLESS BUM to be amusing and cute? Is that why you are giving him access to your website to trash patriotic Americans. This makes me sick!! SHAME ON YOU, CNN. Could you atleast PRETEND to be an objective news agency?

    February 11, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. vietnam vet

    Q1: Would the civilians who bombed Nazi buildings in WWII be considered terrorists?

    Q2: Who's more of a terrorist, the person who bombs an empty building to protest a 'made up' war, or the people in that building who sent American men to die for profit?

    February 11, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. malclave

    Wow... you liberals are still obsessed with your Palin hatred, aren't you?

    I understand "terrororist" may have been a charged word to describe Ayers. Palin should have just pointed out that Obama was socializing with traitors.

    Ayers plotted to kill American militiary members during a time of war... that certainly counts as treason in my book. But you lefties love that kind of stuff.

    February 11, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. big papa

    Ayers is far more intelligent AND courageous than ANY of the conservative Obama-haters this site or any other has posting on it...

    ...in fact the terms intelligent and conservative are antonyms...

    ...come to think of it courageous and conservative are opposites too...

    February 11, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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