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. Joe

    @Kay

    I got the impression that Palin Power was joking or being sarcastic. I don't think anyone can really be stupid enough to be talking about Palinomics.

    February 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. OneActivist

    If the Republicans can elect Bush Jr they can sure elect Sarah. Not until Obama's two terms are up but after that look out.

    February 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. AlaskaLiberal

    From one who was once mistakenly identified as Bernadett Dorn (can't remember if that is how she spells her name) and being from that era I think Bill Ayers should try not to humor or acknowledge this woman. She has no empathy or soul and should be allowed to die on the vine like a wrinkled grape or go back to the filthy hole she crawled out of.

    February 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Bacchus99@aol.com

    Catina Bill Ayers is scary? Why? Because Hannity said so?He was one of thousands of radicals who went underground during the Vietnam war. Hes a professor at a University in Chicago. I would have no problem having this man in my house for coffee . My son is a history graduate and what a chance to talk to a man who lived through that time in history.

    I

    February 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Charles

    Speaking of campaign rhetoric, when are Levi and Bristol getting married?

    February 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. California Gold

    Kay. You are right. LOL! I also noted Palin Power poster wrote: 2012 to 2021. That would be 9 years. But the maximum is 8.

    February 11, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Joe - Chicago

    In order to make the show fair, Ayers would have to deliver all his points without using any words which contain the letter 'e'. That should keep them on an even intellectual playing field.

    February 11, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. ray

    sara .you moron.

    February 11, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Phillip Bunn

    I have an idea for Sarah Palin: Back in your cave, Bat!

    February 11, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. midwest mom

    I refuse to watch anything with Palin in it, but I would watch that!

    February 11, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Paul

    Robin said: "Any way you slice it, Bill Ayers is a domestic terrorist. You can't defend it."

    Not to defend Mr. Ayers, but the same could have been said about George Washington, or any of the members of the Sons of Liberty after the Boston Tea Party. Keep in mind, whether one is considered a terrorist (or insurgent) or a "freedom fighter" often depends on which side of the issue you're on.

    February 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    I love it! Pallin' around with Bill and Sarah – that's a hoot! I'd watch it just to see Bill make a fool of Sarah, wait, Sarah doesn't need any help in that department. She makes a fool of herself every time she opens her mouth!

    February 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Joanna

    Catina, using all caps is rude and your spelling, puncuation and grammer definitely need work.

    February 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Joanne

    Maybe people need to go and look up a definition of TERRORIST and compare that to the agenda that Bill Ayers had. Sarah was right no in calling him a terrorist. He WAS. And you find this funny? It's appalling.

    February 11, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Debby

    Ayers is such an idiot.

    February 11, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. J0hnGalt

    Survivor – For what it's worth, it was Kent State in Ohio where the Nat'l Guard fired on students, not OU.

    February 11, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Lennon for president

    ahaha this made my day...props to Bill Ayers...and really if this country dislikes terrorists so much...why did they let him become a college professor where he can teach kids? seems like double standard on Bush's part....Bill seems like a pretty cool guy for a "terrorist" though

    February 11, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    Palin and the Plumber in 2012!

    February 11, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Gary Thomas

    William Ayers was a terrorist who should have served time in jail.

    February 11, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Shirley in PA

    The sad thing is that Bill Ayers and many others like him have infiltrated our education system. Unfortunately, in dangerous positions of power. Say what you want about Palin, so far as we know she never started a terrorist group, avoided prosecution, then carefully inserted herself into a position where she can influence countless American children.

    February 11, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Ohio Woman

    Sarah Palin should get together with Rush Limbaugh since they both spread hate. Maybe Sarah could put Rush on a diet before he can no longer fit in any chair. His bottom half is starting to be almost as big as his head.

    February 11, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Nadine

    Bill, What makes you think the rhetoric has ended. The GOP are robo calling people to stand against this stimulus bill, they are running mean spirtited ads, they are threating to ruin their own fellow republicans who vote in favor of the Stimulus Package, and every Republican stratagist that does a news interview seems to be reading from the same script on how this stimulus package is awful. They all seem to love to use tag lines and slander to express their dislike of the stimulus package (like calling it full of pork, etc). This is the same style of rhetoric Mccain and Palin used with that Joe the Plumber crap. The problem is they lost and are sore losers. You should write her letters, send her emails, take every legal step to get in her life the way she got in yours. Expose her for the right wing, racist, diva she really is. Or at least make her very uncomfortable.

    February 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Libertarian

    I'm wondering what "palling around with the Alaskan Independence Party" should be called? Their motto: ALASKA FIRST!! Their founder even calls the US Government his enemy and a terrorist organization.

    I can see Ayers opening remarks: "Welcome Sarah, let's talk about your friends in the ALASKA FIRST party" ............silence.........she walks out.

    February 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Paul H

    Bill Ayers is arrogant, and some what insecure. I would hate to know what goes on in that head of his. He's innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. What ever the technicality that got him off in court was did not erase the evidence or his conscious!

    February 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Alicia Boatwright

    Why are people still following her? Doesn't she have a state to run far away from most of us?

    February 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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