Bill Ayers Describes Himself as Family Friend of Obama

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Bill Ayers, former 1960s radical activist turned college professor, listens to Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. speak at Northwestern University on November 7, 2008, during an event hosted by Northwestern’s Black Student Alliance.

From the Chicago Tribune:

In a new afterword to his memoir, “Fugitive Days,” 1960s radical William Ayers describes himself as a “family friend” of President-elect Barack Obama and writes that the campaign controversy over their relationship was an effort by Obama’s political enemies to “deepen a dishonest narrative” about the candidate.

Now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an expert on public school reform, Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical organization that claimed responsibility for a dozen bombings from 1970 to 1974.

He’ll appear Friday on “Good Morning America” to promote the re-issue of his book this week. The Tribune obtained a copy of the updated material.  See video of interview at :  http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6252993

In it, Ayers — who did not respond to requests for comment — summarized his relationship with Obama: “[W]e had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.”

Ayers lamented that his relationship with Obama became an issue.

Ayers’ new description of the relationship seems to contradict Obama’s statement, he’s just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.”

I hate to say I toldja’ so, but it’s…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ8STf6x3gE&feature=related

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-bill-ayers-barack-obama-book,0,1806710.story

Posted:  11.13.08

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Filed under Human Interest, life, patriotism, politics, President Elect Barack Obama, Uncategorized

7 responses to “Bill Ayers Describes Himself as Family Friend of Obama

  1. lunchcountersitin

    Your comments are misleading, to the unfortunate point of being false. Here is some useful information.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h1HEjutqu_JaEhRe84DLh4FQOLWQD94F02M80

    CHICAGO (AP) — Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers said Friday that he doesn’t know President-elect Barack Obama any better than “thousands of other Chicagoans” and that the two never talked about Ayers’ anti-war activities.

    In a television interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the college professor disputed the contention that in the new afterword of a paperback edition of his 2001 memoir “Fugitive Days” he describes himself and Obama as “family friends.”

    “I’m describing there how the blogosphere characterized the relationship,” Ayers said. “I would really say that we knew each other in a professional way, again on the same level as say thousands of other people.”

    In fact, Ayers said he didn’t even know Obama when he hosted a coffee early in Obama’s political career at Ayers’ home in the Chicago neighborhood where the two live. Ayers added that he agreed to have the meet-the-candidate event after a state senator asked him to.

    “I think he was probably in 20 homes that day as far as I know,” said Ayers, who has declined interview requests from The Associated Press. “But that was the first time I really met him.”

    In the afterword of his book’s new release, Ayers wrote: “In 2008 there was a lot of chatter on the blogosphere about my relationship with Barack Obama: we had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fundraiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.”

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/11/04/bill_ayers_speaks.html

    Ayers, an author and education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he thought the accusation by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that Obama had been “palling around with terrorists” was absurd.

    “Pal around together? What does that mean? Share a milkshake with two straws?” Ayers said in his first interview since the controversy began. “I think my relationship with Obama was probably like thousands of others in Chicago. And, like millions and millions of others, I wish I knew him better.”

    In the late 1960s, the Weather Underground, a radical offshoot of the antiwar movement, asserted responsibility for roughly a dozen bombings. Among the targets were the Pentagon, the Capitol, police stations, banks and courthouses.

    Three of the conspirators were killed in the 1970s when a bomb exploded prematurely, but no one else was injured in a campaign described by one critic as “immensely bad ideas and dreadful tactics.”

    In a story that appeared in the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001, Ayers was quoted as saying that he did not regret setting bombs. He told the reporter, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

    The depiction of Ayers as an “unrepentant terrorist” caught on.

    Asked yesterday if he wishes he had set more bombs, Ayers answered, “Never.” He also said he had regrets.

    “I wish I’d been wiser,” he said. “I wish I’d been more effective. I wish I’d been more unifying. I wish I’d been more principled.”

    History has shown of the Vietnam War that “those who opposed it were on the right side,” Ayers said. But he said some of his early rhetoric was “juvenile.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-bill-ayers-barack-obama-book,0,1806710.story

    In the updated version of his 2001 book “Fugitive Days,” Ayers calls into question one of the more incendiary quotes attributed to him during the campaign: “I’m nowadays often quoted as saying, ‘I don’t regret setting bombs. I wish we’d set more bombs. I don’t think we did enough.’

    “I never actually said that I ‘set bombs,’ nor that I wished there were ‘more bombs.’ … I killed no one, and I harmed no one, and I didn’t regret for a minute resisting the murderous assault on Viet Nam with every ounce of my being.”

    He was particularly disturbed by a newspaper headline published in 2001: “No regrets for a love of explosives.”

    “That’s neither my narrative nor my sentiment,” Ayers wrote, “but the idea was seized upon by the neocon media machine: I was an unrepentant and violent terrorist.”

    Please, help spread the word, the truth:

    • It is a lie to say Ayers is an “unrepentant terrorist.”

    In fact, he never harmed anyone himself, and is is in fact sorry for many of the things the Underground said and did.

    • It is a lie to say Ayers was a “family friend” of the Obamas. That quote is taken out of context.


    I appreciate whatever your blog can do to set the facts straight and end the lies and falsehoods on this subject.

    Thanks!

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  2. bellalu0

    Lunchcountersitin said: “”Your comments are misleading, to the unfortunate point of being false. Here is some useful information.”

    …………………………………………..

    Fill in the blank:

    How many presidents of the United States of America have family friends who are former members of the Weather Underground? _________

    *A group that issued, in 1970, a “Declaration of a State of War” against the United States government?

    *A group who took responsibility for the bombing of the United States Capitol on March 1, 1971,

    *The bombing of The Pentagon on May 19, 1972,

    *And the January 29, 1975 bombing of the United States Department of State Building?

    Direct quote from Chicago Tribune:
    “In a new afterword to his memoir, “Fugitive Days,” 1960s radical William Ayers describes himself as a “family friend” of President-elect Barack Obama and writes that the campaign controversy over their relationship was an effort by Obama’s political enemies to “deepen a dishonest narrative” about the candidate.”

    …..

    Bill Ayers claims he “…..killed no one, never harmed anyone…..”

    That doesn’t fly. If he was involved, and he has admitted being involved in setting bombs, it falls under the felony murder law, and had anyone been killed, he would have been guilty of first degree murder whether or not he intended it to kill someone or not.

    Example: if someone burned down a warehouse (or bombed one) and thereby committed arson, which resulted in the death of a person in the building, the arsonist is guilty of first degree murder (“felony murder”) even if he did not know of the presence of the person and he had taken special precautions to try to avoid any loss of life.

    Fact: Ayers’ fellow Weather Underground members, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were found guilty and sentenced to life sentences under the felony murder law in New York for the deaths that occurred in the Brinks robbery of 1981.

    (Their son, 14 months old at the time, Chesa Boudin, was raised by Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn. Chesa all grown up: http://caracaschronicles.blogspot.com/2008/04/six-degrees-of-hugo-chvez.html Bernadine Dohrn is a convicted felon. She refused to testify before a grand jury called in the Brinks robbery case.)

    So I think Mr. Ayers is the one who is being misleading.

    Why do you think he won’t disclose WHICH bombings he participated in?

    https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/william-ayers-and-bernadine-dohrn-digging-a-little-deeper-and-who-is-chesa-boudin/

    Victims of the Brinks Robbery: Security guard Peter Paige and Nyack police officers Waverly Brown and Edward O’Grady. Waverly Brown was the first black hired by the Nyack police force.

    …..
    “Guilty as sin. Free as a bird.” — Bill Ayers.

    “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring
    the revolution home. Kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”
    –Bill Ayers, Weather Underground, 1970
    …..
    https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/obama-seeks-to-silence-ad-tying-him-to-radical-william-ayers/

    And he said in this most recent interview on ABC that he should not be demonized for his violent acts because it was, quote: “at a time when thousands of people were being murdered by our government every month.” Huh?

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  3. bellalu0

    Sing a Battle Song
    by William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Jeff Jones

    http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Battle-Song-Revolutionary-Underground/dp/1583227261

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  4. bellalu0

    Mr. Ayers’ own words reference Mr. Oama as an afterword to his book:

    “We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.

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  5. Ginger

    Bill Ayers is disgusting. These “associates” of Obama’s have stayed hidden away for the past several months during the election.. hiding.. lurking.. waiting in the wings…Ayers, Wright, Farrakhm ( who knows who all else)…then when Obama wins, here they all come, basking in their glory, making their dough off of their chosen one. What fools we are as a nation to have elected this man!

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  6. diogenes

    Sorry you feel that way, Ginger. You sound very bitter.

    61 days to President Barack Obama. You still have two months to acclimate yourself; use them wisely.

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  7. Pingback: William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn – Digging a Little Deeper, Who is Chesa Boudin? « Can I Just Finish My Waffle?

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