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Bill O'Reilly: Obama Was Close to Ayers

By Phil Brennan   |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 08:01 AM

Barack Obama has not been forthcoming when he says his relationship with unrepentant terrorist bomber Bill Ayers was casual, Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday's "O'Reilly Factor." And he took Obama to task on the matter.

Obama says that he was unaware of Ayers' background and unaware that Ayers had compared Christian and Jewish fundamentalists to Muslim jihadists in 2002 when the two men were associated with each other.

O’Reilly played an April 2002 tape of Ayers speaking to a radio station in which Ayers said, “I considered myself partly an anarchist then, and I consider myself partly an anarchist now.

“I’m as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist . . . I find a lot of the ideas in anarchism appealing. We create felons by having these archaic, puritan drug laws that make no sense whatsoever in any logical way, so in that sense, I still feel like kind of an anarchist. I don’t feel like the rules apply.

“And if they don’t apply,” Ayers added, “ I don’t feel like [anyone] should follow them . . . Is one of those regrets that I took strong measures against the United States at a time of tremendous crisis?” he asked, answering, “no it is not. I don’t regret that . . .

“There is a struggle over various religious fundamentalisms, jihad being the most visible. But the religious fundamentalism of the Christian and the Jews is equally troubling,”

O’Reilly commented, “He’s quite a guy. During that time that interview was taken, 'The Factor' has learned that Barack Obama had frequent contact with Ayers. They were both on the board of the Woods Fund in Chicago. They were both involved with criminal justice issues together. Obama does not deny that."

“And this seems to be more than just a casual relationship,” O’Reilly added, noting, “In 1997, Barack Obama gave the Chicago Tribune a blurb for Ayers’ book. A short time later, Michelle Obama organized a panel held at the University of Chicago featuring Ayers and Obama, among others. So there’s no way that Obama did not know Ayers was a radical. It is simply not possible.”

O'Reilly suggested that voters take heed: “The question now becomes, Is this an important issue for you, the voter? For someone like Colin Powell it is not. But others believe it is important.

“The end game in all this is that Bill Ayers is a bad guy, a bad American, an unrepentant terrorist and Obama knew it; yet, for whatever reason, he continued the association. That’s important."

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