Vartan Gregorian and the Link to Obama and Bill Ayers: Gregorian on WH Fellowships Commission

Those watching Obama’s connections to former Weather Underground member, Bill Ayers, knew that Ayers was the link to a completely inexperienced Barack Obama taking charge of The Annenberg Foundation’s, Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Obama had $100 million, at least, to spend on education in the Chicago area. It was his first shot at leading. He failed miserably. Vartan Gregorian had a front row seat to watch the CAC train wreck, but one year ago, maybe it was payback time, he was appointed to Obama’s White House Fellowship Commission.

Vartan Gregorian

This according to WorldNetDaily:

Documentation shows the White House fellow, Vartan Gregorian, was central in [Bill]Ayers’ recruitment of Obama to serve as the first chairman of the project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, or CAC – a job in which Obama worked closely on a regular basis with Ayers.

Canada Free Press also confirms the WorldNetDaily story as far back as 2008 when letters written in 1994 from Gregorian at Brown University notes Ayers part in forming the CAC board of Directors.

Gregorian was born in Tabriz, Iran to Armenian parents. Today he is president of Carnegie Corp. of New York. He was a president of Brown University and the New York Library.

While at Brown, Gregorian served on the selection committee of the Annenberg Foundation. Ayers was one of the founders of the CAC. Gregorian asked Ayers to appoint the governing board with “people who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of Chicago.” It’s my guess those ethnicities included no Jews. Mr. Gregorian is on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, which was instrumental in the despicable Goldstone Report accusing Israel of war crimes.

Then Obama with the CAC and Ayers with his Small Schools Workshop set up an office, together, and shared that office for three years. Ayers, the terrorist, is the man who Obama insisted was just “a guy in the neighborhood.

 From there Obama and Ayers went on a $100 million dollar spending spree. In the end, both of them were a spectacular failure in their mission to improve education in the Chicago area. Unfortunately for these two opportunists, learning can be measured, and the schools they gave money to had no improvement – all verified by the Annenberg records.

 When the money was gone, Annenberg shut it down.

But before the till was empty, Bill Ayers and his Small Schools program got a nice share of the money that Barack doled out at Ayers direction.

Knowing all of this, years later in 2009, Vartan Gregorian, along with other notables, sent an open letter Obama asking for 5% of the stimulus for education. Education received $100 billion from the stimulus that glaringly produced no stimulus.


An example of how things worked at the CAC: grants went to the South Shore African Village Collaborative. The ‘African Village’ spent $150 million on ‘rights of passage’ (puberty rites), and Kwanzaa celebrations.

 At the same time, others were not worthy of grants: The Chicago Algebra Project, with a goal to increase student achievement, The District 5 Math Initiative: goal to aid Hispanic students in the process of learning English and to further learn math and science – not worthy.

Causes supporting ethnic identity were the focus, and the program was a spectacular failure under the Director of the CEO, Barack Obama.

Stanley Kurtz, writing for the National Review OnLine poured through the CAC papers and noted that Obama gave money to others who favored “extremist Afrocentrists who shared his pastor, [Jeremiah] Wright’s, anti-Americanism.

 Can’t help but wonder if Gregorian and Ayers still have contact. Thanks to PoliticiansLie for the video.

Obama, Ayers and the One Hundred Million Dollars

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