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. tina


    Btw, where is Tripp?
    No pics, no sightings, no proof. NOTHING.

    February 11, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. a

    You now give terrorists such as Ayers a forum, you guys are insane. And thats being polite.

    February 11, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Caligirl

    Robin February 11th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

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

    Mr. Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, The United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972.

    Thanks for recapping Palin's hate speeches.

    February 11, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Grant in Canada

    It worked for Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy . . . so why not? ~shrug~

    February 11, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Kimberly

    HAHAHA, I LOVE IT! Oh that would DEFINATELY kill her political future and we would never have to hear that sreaking voice again!!!!

    February 11, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Caligirl

    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.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night sweetie. LOL

    February 11, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. george

    Frankly, CNN "PoliticalTicker" – I think you have a fixation on Sarah Palin that's kind of weird, Do you realize you have a "Sarah" story every day?

    She's the Governor of one of the least populated states – so your constant coverage is bizarre.

    Maybe guys (and gals, for that matter) there at CNN have some itchy hots for SP that isn't quite "political"?

    February 11, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. arithmetic is liberal

    thomas at 7:29, will you marry me? ROTFLMAO!!

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Jacki

    Since when did being a political activist make you a terrorist? The way our current government is playing around with our future success. You would have to be unpatriotic to vote for Sarah Palin. Therefore you would be a terrorist!

    In the 70's people fought back against bad government. Now they just elect them. Once someone is elected, they don't have to vote along their party line. They are supposed to have the best interest of the people. The current GOP is bought and paid for. They don't belong to the people, they belong to the big business who has all of our money.

    What went wrong? Did my generation not get what the previous one stood up against.

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Jackie

    You people are crazy, mean and cruel. Where do you come up with this stuff. No wonder why we're in so much trouble.

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. atl

    You people are so stupid, is Senator Byrd a domestic terrorist, he was a Klan member. This man did what he did when he was young. All you fools worship buildings, the Pentagon, Capital building, is this what defines you? People make mistakes, and then they change and do good, but all the nuts can see is the miskates, forget that this crap happened long ago. Grow up

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. JB in Wisconsin

    What's wrong with this picture? Morans supporting a man who tried blowing up America and attacking the woman who wanted to protect America.

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. sarah jones

    Sarah's IQ of 83 makes her sort of a candidate terrorist. I know I feel terrorized by the idea of someone that stupid being in charge of anything other than the cash registers at McDonalds.

    February 11, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Caligirl

    low-life Ayers isn't worth a comment…….and those who commented on Palin have an IQ of -0…….

    Since your comment included "Sarah Palin" you too must have a zero IQ.

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Conservative Joke

    Sarah Palin should sink into obscurity, just like her chances of ever being president. Why must we be forced to stomach that idiot any longer.

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Spend the Pork At Home, Not in Irak

    I think the show should be called Pain-lin around with a Clueless Dear-in-A-Headlight Moose Caribou Barbie!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. JakeD

    Once you vote Black:

    Are you saying that Vice President Biden is NOT basicially in charge of the U.S. Senate and can't really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes? Which Constitution are you reading?

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. LB

    I dislike Palin but Bill Ayers needs a good kick to the groin.

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Uhhh...is this really news?

    February 11, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. BigIslandDave

    Amen, Kay.

    "PalinPower" is as deluded as the ignorant, malignant narcissist she purports to support.

    Put down the drugs, Palin followers, and step away from your keyboards. Your 15 minutes of infamy are up.

    February 11, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. sherry

    Hilarious....Boy Sarah can sure dish it out but cant take it....LOL

    The republican party sure hit an all time low when they tried to have her nominated as vice president.......

    February 11, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Eileen Hannig

    Bill Ayers is an insult to America. Sarah Palin is a fairly elected governor. CNN is insulting it's dwindling number of readers to attempt a connection between the two.

    February 11, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Jon in CA

    Alicia says, "Jindal is a muslim"

    Typical uneducated liberal. Jindal was raised Hindu and converted to Catholicism.

    If you knew anything about world religion – you'd know Hindu and Muslims historically have waged wars and remain in conflict to this day (India v. Pakistan).

    Crack a book, sweetheart. It'll do you some good!

    February 11, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Smitty

    If Sarah becomes president she will probably come up with a bill to allow for aerial killings of the democrats!

    February 11, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Charan

    Jindal is a pure opportunist – he realized that if he wants to get ahead in american politics, he needs to become a christian...that's all there is to it.,,,thats why he even changed his name to "Bobby" from Piyush.

    There is no way a "hindu" can become a mainstream politician in america...jeez, obama is a christian and still got raked over the coals...a hindu (by the right wingers, evangelists, hillbillies etc) will be called a nut-job because we come from a land that has thousands of gods, believe in reincarnation etc...

    He is a smart guy and everything but he is just a politician.

    February 11, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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