Bill Ayers was interviewed by The Daily Beast last week and admitted to a relationship with Barack Obama. Ayers sat on boards with him, he launched Obama’s career in the living room of his home and Michelle Obama worked with Ayers’ wife and co-terrorist, Bernardine Dohrn.
Barack went to at least one BBQ at the Ayers house on July 4 2005 as witnessed by a next door neighbor who is now a PhD. [Breitbart]
WH advisor Ben LaBolt lied to author Scott Shane about the relationship and said the following:
“The suggestion that Ayers was a political adviser to Obama or someone who shaped his political views is patently false,” said Ben LaBolt, a campaign spokesman. Mr. LaBolt said the men first met in 1995 through the education project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and have encountered each other occasionally in public life or in the neighborhood. He said they have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Mr. Obama began serving in the United States Senate in January 2005 and last met more than a year ago when they bumped into each other on the street in Hyde Park.” [Breitbart]
He didn’t actually lie if they didn’t call each other but merely socialized at a BBQ.
Obama and Ayers ran a leftist school together for five years and that is a bit more than occasionally running into someone in the neighborhood. Their offices were on the same floor. The left likes to claim that it was a Republican organization because it received funding from the Annenberg Foundation, which was started by a Republican Governor. The truth is that it was a radical left-wing school. [WSJ]
Fact check organizations, which are mostly run by left-wing groups, state that Obama did not actually lie. I guess twisting the facts or having someone else lie for you doesn’t count.
The Daily Beast interview with Bill Ayers:
Q. There was a big hullabaloo during the 2008 presidential election over your relationship to Obama. What is or was your relationship to him?
A. I brief him every Monday in the White House, and he never listens! No. The truth is exactly what he said and what the campaign said in 2008. David Axelrod said we were friendly, that was true; we served on a couple of boards together, that was true; he held a fundraiser in our living room, that was true; Michelle [Obama] and Bernardine were at the law firm together, that was true. Hyde Park in Chicago is a tiny neighborhood, so when he said I was “a guy around the neighborhood,” that was true. Today, I wish I knew him better and he was listening to me. Obama’s not a radical. I wish he were, but he’s not.
Barack Obama on Bill Ayers: He’s a guy in the neighborhood and he has not received an official endorsement from him [though Obama only got his start in Bill Ayers living room].
Robert Gibbs on relationship between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama: