Family Fugitive


Just because the election is over, don’t expect people like Bill Ayers to be forthcoming regarding friendship with Barack Obama.

Ayers was on Good Morning America today, trying to make it seem that the history between he and Barack consists of little more than the two being neighbors. Ayers states, remarkably, that the first time he “ever really met him” was the day in 1996 that he held a fundraiser in his home for Barack.

The college professor also argued to “Good Morning America’s” Chris Cuomo today that the bombing campaign by the Weather Underground, the group he helped found, was not terrorism.

The Weather Underground bombed the Capitol, the Pentagon and the New York City Police Department in protest of the Vietnam War.

“It’s not terrorism because it doesn’t target people, to kill or injure,” Ayers said.

Keep in mind that the year before the fundraiser, Barack was made the Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an organization founded by Ayers that year, and a position for which Obama was immensely unqualified. They worked on the same floor of the same medium sized office building together.

Keep in mind, also, that in the release of his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days,” which Ayers is apparently out promoting, Ayers writes this:

“[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.”

Notice he calls he and Barack “family friends,” a deliberate attempt, it would seem, to tease people anew about the closeness that he and Barack maintain. If you’re not convinced that this is a little bizarre, Ayers explanation for it certainly is. He claims the reason he called Barack a family friend in his book is because that’s how the relationship was portrayed during the campaign.

“I’m talking there about the fact that I became an issue, unwillingly and unwittingly,” he said. “It was a profoundly dishonest narrative. … I’m describing there how the blogosphere characterized the relationship.”

“I would say, really, that we knew each other in a professional way on the same level of, say, thousands of other people,” he said.

Ayers has a detached manner, free of remorse, that makes him read as a psychopath in the interview, arguing that he’s been unfairly demonized in an attempt to taint Barack with guilt by association.

“The content of the Vietnam protest is that there were despicable acts going on, but the despicable acts were being done by our government. … I never hurt or killed anyone,” Ayers said.

“Frankly, I don’t think we did enough, just as today I don’t think we’ve done enough to stop these wars,” he said.

It seems to me that voters had a right to know the truth about their relationship, that it’s up to us to decide whether Barack’s association with Ayers was a valid campaign issue, and that Ayers is plainly misrepresenting the relationship.

Further, Barack lied about his friendship with Jeremiah Wright before the Ayers matter became part of the conversation, and the evidence indicates that he’s being equally dishonest regarding Ayers.

2 Responses to “Family Fugitive”

  1. Actually Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn both spoke out on Democracy Now! on Friday and they will be on again on Monday.

  2. Actually Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were both on Democracy Now! on Friday and will be on again on Monday.

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