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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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