You may recall that during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, controversy arose regarding Barack Obama’s relationship with the former leader of the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, then a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. These terrorists bombed and murdered many government officials and facilities during the 1970s. Obama and his team quickly denied that he hardly even knew the unrepentant terrorist, and superficial investigations by CNN, The New York Times and other news organizations concluded that indeed, Obama did not have a close relationship with Ayers. Anyone who thereafter claimed the two were closely tied were dismissed by the mainstream media as right wing nut-jobs.
Recently, Bill Ayers has begun to admit that he was the ghostwriter of Obama’s first book, and that they knew one another intimately. In fact, the two served on boards of directors together, and Obama’s political career was launched from Bill Ayers’ living room.
So who is telling the truth? It’s difficult to tell when both men are dedicated leftists, and pathological liars. Because they were in the same places at the same time, and share the same anti-American, pro-socialism political philosophies, it appears more likely that Ayers is correct in his assertions about their close associations.