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

Bill Ayers has an idea for Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/11/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Extra • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. BP

    Palin Power, I think the ammonia fumes from all of those litterboxes is clouding your mind.

    February 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Len in Washington

    I'm sure that a LOT of us could come up with "some ideas for Palin."

    Let's see...where should I start........

    Never mind.

    It's not worth the effort.

    February 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin doesn't have time for him, she's too busy "palling around with drug dealers and dealing with baby mama drama".

    February 11, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. arithmetic is liberal

    Palin Power: LOL! I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning!

    February 11, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Steve

    Another day, another CNN story taking a shot a Palin just for something to do. Give it up, and move on folks!

    February 11, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Go Bill

    Cheers for Ayers! Too Phunny! I think that talk show might have been a winner!

    February 11, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Len in Washington

    To: "Palin Power"


    Oh "Good Gosh" that WAS funny!

    February 11, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. CHANGE we need

    Sure...and the Repub's anointed one can be labeled as 'palling around with terrorists'....Media may think she is a bimbo, but IM sure she is not that gullible. Roll a ball of tin foil and I highly doubt she would go, "Oh, look, a shiny thing..." and run off.

    CNN...give it a rest...you couldnt push Bomber Bill off the scene fast enough to protect BO...push hard and get him off the scene now!!

    February 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    Palin Power:

    Shouldn't you be charging your discharged battery pack connected to reality? Or are you really disguising yourself as the governor of state that no one respects any longer thanks to your self-promotion and power-grabbing ignorance?

    February 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. bob

    I think she's a little bit too busy covering up scandals back in ALASKA to be considering a talk show.

    February 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. palin 2012


    February 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. rosy cheeks

    Well (pause), you betcha. (Laughing out loud)

    February 11, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Larry

    I'm sure no one told Ayres to keep quiet,they were afraid too.Obama has surrounded himself with shady people and criminal tax frauder's in his Cabinet ,he is transparent alright.We have voted to destroy the country from within.

    February 11, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Zion

    This is white privilege in action if I've ever seen it. This guy has murdered people, and he gets a cushy job in a university, attends expensive conferences, and gets to become news on CNN. I love how white women keep acting like Palin is a credit to them. You better treat her like black folk are going to treat Michael Steele, like an idiot.

    February 11, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Cindy

    This shows Mr Ayers has a sense of humor... abet a sarcastic one.

    Perhaps Ms Palin can at the very least... have a beer with him.

    February 11, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. bill

    Hey "Palin Power" – You should share your magical weed with the rest of us.

    February 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    Palin Power @ 6:38:

    And purple unicorns will fly over the moon, bringing sunbeams, flowers and rainbows all over our land.

    Palinomics? Do you have to speak palinese to understand?

    February 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Larry Houston Texas

    That's funny, I don't know why Obama Invited her to the White House for that dinner, a week ago, or so.....After calling him names, and with all that has happened during the campaign, accussing him of "palling around w/ terrorists" and such, what a scumbag of a Governor !
    Why do you think Dolly Parton & that Playboy Gal / & everybody else
    and their brother NOW wants to "all of a sudden" get into politics ??
    Reason: If "the Bush" & the "Palin" can do it with their 3rd grade education, why not everybody ??

    February 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. lewwho

    I'm sick of hearing about this stuff. Hey CNN, I have a headline for ya.....The election is O-V-E-R.
    Peter Hamby find some real news or better yet, go home.

    February 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. christy


    February 11, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. You betcha

    To Palin Power – You are delusional

    February 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Soccer Nana


    There are many other people in this country who were in the company of domestic terrorists; yeah, they hang people from trees, shoot teenage atheletes in the and report they committed suicide, shoot young professionals in the chest in the drive way of their own home because they "thought" the suv he drove was stolen; one even accidentallly blew his own head off in Alaska while making a pipe bomb; yeah, America has her share of domestic terrorists, Sarah and Todd Palin really should know.

    February 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. cheesehead

    I agree....stop encouraging palin..stop reporting on her..just stop!!!!

    February 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. JSG

    Sarah is too busy right now... pallin' around with drug dealers and secessionists.

    February 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Sylvie

    I'm sure it would be an interesting duo...Palin can surely talk a lot of nonsense, just like what she did in the debate... If she can stand the heat of being the show's mascot.

    Let's start the show with the Secessionist movement in Alaska and annexing Russia to America...or if it be willed, her willingness to slice Alaska from the lower states.

    This should be fun. Anything she says should be taken with a grain of salt.

    February 11, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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