These considerable ties might be irrelevant if Ayers and Dohrn regretted their actions. Had they apologized and expressed remorse, Obama’s work with these aging urban guerillas could be overlooked while they healed themselves and their victims and left this ugliness behind. But Ayers and Dohrn — currently professors at University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University, respectively — are anything but remorseful. Indeed, they celebrate the Weathermen’s storms of brutality.
“I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough,” Ayers said in an interview published September 11, 2001 — while Obama knew Ayers.
Obama knew Ayers that August, when Ayers posed for a Chicago Magazine photo (by photogrpaher Jeff Sciortino) in which he stomped on an American flag crumpled in the dirt. Headline: “No regrets.”
“We’d do it again,” Dohrn told ABC in 1998. “I wish that we had done more. I wish we had been more militant.”
“The fact that we were trying to link into the revolutionary worldwide movement still makes sense to me,” Ayers said in January 2004 on the commentary track of the riveting, Academy Award winning documentary, The Weather Underground. Dohrn concurs: “It still makes sense to me.”
If these facts are news to Obama, he must be the most oblivious man on Chicago’s South Side. But if he knew about Ayers and Dohrn’s background, he is being untruthful about it. At the very least, Obama showed dreadful judgment by closely and repeatedly associating with these violent traitors.
More important, while Obama today calls Ayers’ behavior “detestable acts,” the question nevertheless occurs: What did Ayers and Dohrn see in Barack Obama? What inspired these unrepentant, hard-Left, former domestic terrorists to hand the chairmanship of Ayers’ foundation and share their home, friends, and Ayers’ only recorded campaign contribution with the charismatic then-35-year-old whose current 95.5 percent Left-wing vote record made him The National Journal’s “Most Liberal Senator In 2007?”
Groucho Marx once quipped: “I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member.” Likewise, why would Barack Obama accept any support that Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn would offer?
– Deroy Murdock is a New York-based columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution. © 2008 Scripps Howard News Service.