As for their terror past, both are unrepentant.
It turns out I was not grasping at straws. The Cult of Change leader is going to have trouble explaining this away during the general election campaign. But then again, if he's commander-in-chief of our armed forces next year, Obama can utilize his experience in working with former terrorists as he directs our War on Terror.
In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district's influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they're better known nationally as two of the most notorious — and unrepentant — figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement.
Now, as Obama runs for president, what two guests recall as an unremarkable gathering on the road to a minor elected office stands as a symbol of how swiftly he has risen from a man in the Hyde Park left to one closing in fast on the Democratic nomination for president.
"I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers' house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress," said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and advocate for single-payer health care, of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn. "[Palmer] identified [Obama] as her successor."
Palmer chose to initially not to run for re-election for her State Senate seat and ran for the vacant 2nd Congressional District in 1995 office. Jesse Jackson, Jr. won the special election that fall, and Palmer decided to hang on to her state legislative seat. However, the Obama campaign challenged Palmer's petitions, and she did not appear on the spring 1996 Democratic Party ballot. In that heavily Democratic district--Obama was guaranteed a trip to Springfield.
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Obama's Bill Ayers problem
Momentous special election: 1995 Illinois' 2nd Congressional race
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