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Postman: Ayers Family Put ‘Foreigner’ Obama Through School By Jerome R. Corsi

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                                                             Allen Hulton “Ayer’s mailman”
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CHICAGO – Did the parents of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers help finance Barack Obama’s Harvard education?

 Did Ayers’ mother believe Obama was a foreign student?

And was the young Obama convinced at the time – long before he even entered politics – that he was going to become president of the United States?

A retired U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home emphatically says yes to all three questions.

Allen Hulton, who was commended for 39 years of honorable service with the USPS, has given a sworn affidavit to investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot. Hulton has recorded about three hours of video interviews with WND.

Hulton says that in conversations with Mary Ayers while on his route he learned of the couple’s enthusiasm and support for a black foreign student. One bright, warm Chicagoland day, he recounts, he met the student who fit Mary Ayers’ description in front of the Ayers home in Glen Ellyn, Ill. That young man, Hulton is convinced, was Barack Obama.

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Hulton delivered mail to the Ayers, who are both deceased, when he was stationed at the post office in Glen Ellyn, an upper-middle class suburb 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, from late 1986 to 1997. He was a USPS employee from March 28, 1962, through March 30, 2001. (Editor’s note: Although the Ayers family no longer lives there, WND is withholding the Glen Ellyn street address for the sake of the current residents’ privacy.)

“It was a beautiful neighborhood – one of the nicer routes any of the letter carriers would have liked to have had,” Hulton recalls. “It had some large and very beautiful homes.”

As WND reported yesterday, Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers – whom he dismissed in a 2008 debate as “just a guy who lives in my neighborhood” – plagued him in the 2008 presidential campaign and could resurface in this year’s election, as many questions remain.

Young Obama

Over a period of years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hulton estimates he spoke with Mary Ayers about 18 to 20 times and once to Tom Ayers, who died in 2007. Mary Ayers died in 2000.

“Sometimes Mary would be out when I delivered the mail, and we would exchange a few words on occasion,” he says, recalling that she liked to talk about her family.

“One day, Mary came to the door when I came up to the house with the mail,” he remembers. “After a greeting, she started enthusiastically talking to me about this young black student they were helping out, and she referred to him as a foreign student.”

Hulton assumed that by “helping” the student, Mary Ayers meant she and her husband were financially supporting the black foreign-exchange student with his education.

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“I was taken aback by how enthusiastic she was about him,” Hulton says. “And I believe she said he was from either Kenya or Indonesia, and I favor Indonesia in my recollection.”

WND has reported that when Obama was in Indonesia with his Indonesian stepfather and his mother from ages 6 to10, he was registered in school as an Indonesian citizen and a Muslim. He went by the name Barry Soetoro, adopting the surname of his Indonesian stepfather. His mother’s passport listed him with the surname Soebarkah.

Obama refuses to waive privacy rights that would allow the Hawaii Department of Health to release any adoption records that may exist for him.

NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” you can view it here.

Even should Obama waive privacy rights, the Hawaii Department of Health might not feel compelled to release any adoption records that may exist. Tight restrictions to vital records have been enacted by the Hawaii State Legislature to seal any public documents pertaining to Obama’s birth records and his adoption status.

If Obama were adopted by his Indonesian stepfather, he may have compromised his eligibility to be president, according to Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, which requires that a president be a “natural-born citizen,” which experts say means having both parents be U.S. citizens.

‘I’m going to be president of the United States’

About a year after discussing with Mary Ayers the foreign student she and her husband were supporting, Hulton recalls meeting a young black male on the sidewalk in front of the Ayers home.

Hulton describes the man as being in his early 20s, noting that he was tall, thin, had a light complexion and that his ears stuck out.

“He greeted me,” Hulton says. “He was very polite, dressed nicely, but informally – slacks and a dress shirt – and he spoke with no accent. Immediately this young black man entered into conversation with me. He told me he had taken the train out from Chicago and had come to thank the Ayers family personally for having helped him with his education.”

Hulton remembers asking the young man what his plans were for the future.

“He looked right at me and told me he was going to be president of the United States,” Hulton says.

“There was a little bit of a grin on his face when he said it – he sounded sure of himself, but not arrogant. I know how people will say things because they have an ambition, but it did not come across that way,” Hulton says. “It came across as if this young black male was telling me he was going to be president, almost as if it were the statement of a scientific fact that had already been determined, as if his being president had been already pre-arranged.”

Hulton says the claim made him speechless.

“I kind of stuttered a response and said that nowadays anything is possible. I wished him good luck with his ambition,” he says.

Immediately, Hulton associated the young black man with the foreign student Mary Ayers had mentioned to him so enthusiastically about a year earlier.

“I remembered the conversation I had with Mary, and I associated this young man with the foreign student she had discussed with me, because Mary said they were supporting this foreign student, and the young black man I met outside the Ayers’ home said he had come to Glen Ellyn to thank the Ayers in person for helping him with his education.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hulton observed several news reports detailing the relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, and he recalled the encounter with the young man in front of Tom and Mary Ayers’ home.

“The facial and physical characteristics, as well as candidate Obama’s voice, matched that of the young black male I met in front of the Ayers’ home,” Hulton says in the affidavit he signed Nov. 12, 2011, for Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation.

“I am positive that the black male I spoke with in front of the Ayers’ house that day was indeed a young Barack Obama.”

Hulton distinctly recalls that the day he met Obama in front of the Ayers’ residence was a warm, sunny day and that Obama wasn’t wearing a jacket.


Hulton recalls that he had one conversation with Tom Ayers, who was retired as CEO and chairman of Commonwealth Edison, shortly after the Ayers family moved into their home in Glen Ellyn.

“He asked me how I liked my job, and he started into what seemed to me a Marxist viewpoint on what it is like for the working man, trying to convince me that working people like me were exploited by their employers,” Hulton remembers of the conversation.

“As an American citizen, I appreciated everything I had, and I was not at war with people who had more than I had,” he says. “It surprised me to hear somebody who had been president of Consolidated Edison talking in these terms.”

Hulton says he got the feeling that Tom Ayers thought he knew more about the plight of the workingman than he did.

Summer 1989

A likely timeframe for Hulton’s alleged encounter with Obama is the summer of 1989, when Obama was an intern at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, after his first year at Harvard Law School.

Hulton says Obama mentioned to him taking the train. The Metra, a commuter from downtown Chicago, stops at a Glen Ellyn station a little more than a mile from the Ayers’ residence.

Michelle Robinson, Obama’s wife-to-be, was the attorney at the firm assigned to mentor Obama in the summer of 1989.

Bill Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also had worked as a paralegal at Sidley Austin, from 1984 through 1988. Dohrn’s 1960s radical activities as a self-described “revolutionary communist” landed her on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives, and because of her felony conviction, she was not allowed to take the Illinois bar exam.

Widely speculated in Chicago is that Dohrn got the job at Sidley Austin through the influence of her father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, who was one of the law firm’s biggest clients.

Michelle Obama started at the firm in the summer of 1988 and remained there until 1991.

Hulton recalls meeting Dohrn at the home of her in-laws, although his encounters with her were limited to having Dohrn sign for mail addressed to her.

First reported in 2009

Hulton’s account of meeting Obama in suburban Chicago was first reported by California lawyer and political scientist Stephen Diamond in September 2009.

Writing on his blog, Diamond reported that he had interviewed Hulton at length and considered his account credible.

“The statement by Hulton is the first eyewitness account of a possible relationship between Obama and Tom Ayers and the first that dates his relationship with the Ayers family to the mid-1980s,” Diamond wrote.

As early as Oct. 13, 2008, prior to the November 2008 presidential election, Diamond had reported that Obama’s relationship with the Ayers family dated back to 1988. At that time, Obama, as head of the Developing Communities Project, joined the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, the ABCs Coalition. The lobbying alliance aimed to push through Chicago public schools the creation of “Local School Councils,” or LSCs, to oversee teachers and administrators.

“The proposal was very controversial, and groups like Operation PUSH headed by Jesse Jackson did not support it, because many teachers were black – it was one of the first stable middle class careers a black person, and black women in particular, could aspire to in Chicago,” Diamond wrote.

Tom Ayers and Bill Ayers were strong supporters of the LSCs, however, according to Diamond, and Chicago United, a group founded by Tom Ayers, joined ABCs too. Bill Ayers became chairman of ABCs.

Knew Ayers’ brother

Hulton was in the same class as Tim Ayers, Bill Ayers’ brother, at Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn. Although he did not know Bill Ayers, Hulton thought he might have met him at the parents’ home once or twice, but he could not say for certain.

Hulton attended Glenbard, now known as Glenbard West, for four years, but did not have enough credits to graduate. He later earned a GED while in military service. Taking leave from the USPS when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965, Hulton returned to work as a mailman following his honorable discharge in 1967.

While in the Army, he was assigned to a Pershing Ballistics Missile unit in Germany. Although the Vietnam War was being fought at the time, he was never assigned to Vietnam.

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What the Mailman Knows about Ayers and Obama by Jack Cashill

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What the Mailman Knows about Ayers and Obama

By Jack  Cashill

A  few days ago I got a call asking whether I knew anything about the Ayers family  mailman.  I had heard of him, I said.  I remembered liberal blogger Steven Diamond  having interviewed the fellow a few years back, but I paid it little mind, as  the information seemed too limited to pursue.

The  caller then sent me a video interview with the mailman by WND sleuth Jerome  Corsi.  The video made me sit up and pay attention.  The mailman is a  real person.  His name is Alan  Hulton.  He seems entirely credible, and he has a story to  tell.

Hulton  delivered mail in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, from 1962 to 2001 with a couple years  off to serve in the military.  During roughly ten of those years, he  delivered mail to the home of Tom and  Mary Ayers, Bill Ayers‘s parents.  Hulton talked to Tom once, Mary several  times, their daughter-in-law Bernardine Dohrn a few times, and Bill Ayers not at  all.  Memorably, he talked once to one of their visitors, but more on that  in a moment.

As  Hulton tells Corsi — and he has sworn an affidavit to the same — he met Tom  Ayers not long after the Ayerses moved to the neighborhood.  Until he  retired in 1980 at the age of 65, Tom Ayers was the CEO and chairman of  Commonwealth Edison.  Tom, however, was not your garden-variety  plutocrat.  According to Diamond, who knows his way around Chicago  politics, Tom was a “lifelong liberal” — one deeply involved in the same  educational reform movement that engaged son Bill and, briefly, Barack Obama in  1988.  Tom Ayers was comfortable enough with Bill’s lifestyle to live  with him in Hyde Park until Tom died in 2007.

When  Hulton met Tom Ayers, they talked about working conditions at the Post Office.  “I couldn’t believe  how he responded,” Hulton told Diamond.  “He started to talk about workers  having to struggle to survive and about peasants and the proletariat.  It  made me think later that he might be a Marxist!”  Hulton would tell Corsi,  “I had this uncomfortable feeling that he thought he knew about my situation as  a working person better than I did, that he knew what was best for  me.”

Hulton  also recalls one particular conversation with Mary Ayers.  “She was  enthusiastically talking to me about this young black student that they were  helping out,” he tells Corsi, “and she referred to him as a foreign student.”   Adds Hulton, “I was taken aback by how enthusiastic she was about him.”   Within a year of this conversation, Hulton had a fateful meeting with the  young man he presumed Mary was talking about.

According  to Hulton, he encountered the fellow on the sidewalk on the front of the Ayers  home.  In that it was extremely rare to see a black man in this tony  neighborhood, Hulton believes that the man felt the need to explain his visit to  the Ayers household.  Hulton describes him as friendly and neatly, although  casually, dressed.  Hulton tells Corsi, “I am absolutely positive that it  was Barack Obama.”

Hulton  was sympathetic.  After he had come out of military service, he was a  supporter of Martin Luther King, who had pressed for fair housing in the Chicago  area in the 1960s.  “I took some flak about my support for civil rights  from my fellow workers at the time,” remembers Hulton.

Obama  explained to Hulton that he had taken the train out from Chicago to Glen Ellyn  in order “to thank the Ayers family personally for helping him with his  education.”  What shocked Hulton was that when casually inquiring into the  young man’s plans for the future, Obama answered, “I am going to be president of  the United States.”  As Hulton tells Corsi, “[i]t came across like this was  something that’s already been determined.”  Adds Hulton, “I was  speechless.”

Hulton  told Diamond and Corsi essentially the same story.  What gives the Corsi  interview added value is that we see Hulton tell it.  Although just a year  older than Bill Ayers, he seems to come from a different generation.  He  has little to gain — and a lot to risk — by going public.  Corsi warns  Hulton that by quoting Mary’s comment that Obama was a “foreign student,” he has  put himself at some risk.  Says Hulton, “I am only telling you what I  distinctly remember her saying — that he was a foreign  student.”

Hulton’s  interviews with Diamond and Corsi are consistent in every major detail save for  dates.  Hulton suggested to Diamond that the sidewalk meeting took place in  the mid-’80s, but Corsi suggests to Hulton that it was in the early 1990s, and  Hulton does not correct him.  Hulton clearly does not remember the date.   If I were to speculate, I would guess 1988, the year Obama started Harvard  Law School.  Presuming Hulton actually met Obama, the “education” in  question would almost surely have been law school.

There  is a good deal at stake here.  According to Snopes and the other fact-check  sites, Bill Ayers and Obama did not meet until the mid-1990s.  This is a  talking point that both Ayers and Obama have upheld.  When Ayers appeared  on ABC’s Good Morning America in 2008, he put the date of their first  meeting in 1995 at a fundraiser in Ayers’s own home.  “I think he was  probably in 20 homes that day as far as I know,” said Ayers.  “But that was  the first time I really met him.”

As  it happens, I stumbled into my own discovery of Ayers’s involvement in the  writing of Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, when I was  investigating how Obama got into Harvard Law School and who paid his way.   What had piqued my interest was an interview with veteran New York power-broker  Percy Sutton on a local New York City show called Inside City Hall.   The interview took place in late March 2008 but did not surface until  August 2008.

Sutton  told how twenty years prior he had been “introduced to [Obama] by a friend.”   The friend’s name was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, “the principal adviser to one  of the world’s richest men.”  The billionaire in question was Saudi prince  Al-Waleed bin Talal.  According to Sutton, al-Mansour had asked him to  “please write a letter in support of [Obama] … a young man that has applied to  Harvard.”  Sutton had friends at Harvard and gladly did  so.

A  few months before the election, it should have mattered that a respected black  political figure like Sutton had publicly announced that a fanatic black  separatist, backed by an ambitious Saudi billionaire, had been guiding Obama’s  career perhaps for the last twenty years.  It did to the Obama-friendly  media, but not in a way in which it would have to real journalists.  Moving  in swiftly to kill the story were Politico, an insider D.C. journal run  by Washington Post alums, and Media Matters for America, an alleged  watchdog group founded by the recovering Troopergate author, David  Brock.

Ben  Smith, then of Politico, took the lead.  Shortly after the story  broke, Smith ran the disclaimer that “Barack Obama’s campaign is flatly denying  a story told by former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton.”  After  some conspicuous waffling, al-Mansour denied the story as well.  A  self-appointed “spokesman for Sutton’s family” by the name of Kevin Wardally  sent an e-mail to Smith that read in part: “As best as our family and the  Chairman’s closest friends can tell, Mr. Sutton, now 86 years of age, misspoke  in describing certain details and events in that television  interview.”

For  Smith, even though Wardally had gotten Sutton’s age wrong by two years, this  e-mail was proof enough that Sutton’s highly specific claim was  manufactured.  Wrote Smith, Wardally’s e-mail “seems to put the story to  rest for good.”  Media Matters, meanwhile, scolded those conservative  bloggers who did not accept the various denials at face value.

Like  the man about to be carted away in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, the Percy  Sutton story was not quite dead yet.  Sutton’s son and daughter told  conservative reporter Ken Timmerman that no one in their family even knew who  Kevin Wardally was, let alone authorized him to speak on behalf of the family.   “I’m getting better,” pled Monty Python’s nearly dead man.  No, he  wasn’t.  Nor was this story.  With Hillary out of the race, no  newsroom in America felt compelled to dig up dirt that could sully  Obama.

About  that time, I found a diary  entry that caught my attention.  Radical-turned-actor Peter Coyote  entered it at the time of the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.   Coyote wrote, “I inform Martha that I’m dragging her to the apartment of  old friends, ex-Weathermen, Bernadine [sic] Dohrn and Bill Ayers, hosting a  party for Senator Leahy. Perhaps Edward Said will be there.”

Said  had taught Obama at least one class at Columbia.  I had earlier seen a  photo taken during an Arab-American community dinner in Chicago in 1998 on the  fiftieth anniversary of the Palestinian nakba, or disaster.  The  photo shows Obama sitting next to Said, seemingly engaged in an animated  conversation at dinner.  The intimacy surprised me.  At the time of  the photo, Obama was an obscure state senator while Said, according to the Nation, was “probably the best-known intellectual in the world” and the  star of that evening’s show.  He would speak on this occasion, as the Los Angeles Times would later report, “against settlements, against  Israeli apartheid.”

All  of this got me to wondering whether an Ayers-Obama-Said-al-Mansour cabal had  formed in the early 1980s back in New York City.  If so, such a combine  might have generated enough momentum to push Obama’s career along.  To see  if Obama and Ayers had crossed paths before Chicago, I ordered a copy of Bill  Ayers’ 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days.  It was then that I began to  realize the depth of Ayers’s involvement in Obama’s rise to  power.

Obama  would have needed help to get into Harvard.  Friendly biographer David  Remnick tells us that Obama was an “unspectacular” student in his two years at  Columbia and at every stop before that going back to grade school.  A  Northwestern University professor, John L. McKnight, although a friend of  Obama’s and a fellow Alinskyite, reinforces the point, telling Remnick, “I don’t  think [Obama] did too well in college.”  As to Obama’s LSAT scores, Jimmy  Hoffa’s body will be unearthed before those are.

How  such an indifferent student got into a law school whose applicants’ LSAT scores  typically track between the 98th and the 99th percentile  and whose GPAs range between 3.80 and 4.00 is a subject the media have chosen  not to explore.  Nor have they asked how Obama paid for that  education.  Maybe it is time they ask the mailman.

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