Bob Zellner (with Annie Pearl Avery) "What he [Obama] took from the civil rights movement, our civil rights movement, is a form of politics that was new to America, and that was non-violent politics." Bob Zellner worked as a civil rights organizer in his home state of Alabama, beginning as a student in Montgomery in the late fifties. "My daddy was in the Ku Klux Klan, my granddaddy was in the Ku Klux Klan, and it was very unlikely I would get involved in the civil rights movement." His father later resigned from the Klan and worked with his son; the two men's relationship with the grandfather did not recover. "Even some of his advisors advised him to go back to the old politics and demonize his opponents, make enemies of them and to sling mud at them and attack their character. And he steadfastly refused to do that. That's non-violent politics. And by the time McCain and his advisors figured it out, the campaign was over."