By now, most of you have probably seen the McCain ad trying to link Obama with Ayers. In, it, the ad claims that they ran a radical education foundation together. First, they didn't run a foundation, they ran a project called the Chicago Annenberg Project which had as its mission to improve schools in the Chicago area. And to say they ran it together seems a bit misleading as it implies that those two alone had all the power. In fact, Obama was one of 8 on the Board of Directors. Ayers was one of 23 that was a member of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative. That means they didn't even sit on the same board together as Ayers never sat on the Board of Directors for the project.
Since in the ad, we keep hearing about a foundation, which foundation are they talking about? Well, the foundation that supported the project was the Annenberg foundation. You can find out more about them by going to their website. It's a pretty cool website as they list what grants they have given out, so you can decide for yourself if they are a radical education foundation.
But here's the funny part. McCain released a press release of US Ambassadors who support McCain. Interesting. If we take a peek at them we see the name of one Lenore Annenberg. Hmmn, that names sounds familiar. Could she be the same Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation. Take a look at her bio for yourself. She is the widow of Walter H. Annenberg, who started the foundation. And currently, according to the website, "She is president and chairman of the Annenberg Foundation, a charter member of the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and a founding member of the governing boards of the Annenberg Schools for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California."
So let's get this straight. A group that Obama is associated with gets money from the Annenberg Foundation to improve Chicago schools, and that's bad. The President and Chairman of the exact same foundation, the one that McCain's ad called a radical education foundation, endorses McCain, and McCain includes her name in a press release, and it's a good thing. Let me make this a little clearer. If McCain is going to make the arguement that Obama was involved in a group with a domestic terrorist, then he should also be honest and say one of his supporters gives money to a group that includes a known domestic terrorist. So how abou it McCain, are you going to renounce Annenberg's support for you? You should probably also give her back the $2300 she gave for this election as well.