Former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers, who was involved in bombing the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol building in the early 1970s, says President Barack Obama should be tried for war crimes.
Appearing on Real Clear Politics' "Morning Commute,"
Ayers said every president enters "an office dripping with blood and then adds to it."
Ayers had been asked by co-host Charlie Stone if Obama, as the sole authority for Drone use, was engaged in terrorist activity.
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"Absolutely," Ayers answered.
"Do you think Barack Obama should be put on trial for war crimes?" Stone asked.
"Absolutely," Ayers responded. "Every president in this century should be put on trial" for war crimes in The Hague.
"Yes, I think these are war crimes," Ayers said. "I think they're acts of terror."
Ayers, who also is a retired professor of education, gave Obama a failing grade.
"I don't at all feel like Obama's let anybody down," Ayers said, explaining that throughout the 2008 campaign Obama consistently said "I am a middle-of-the-road, pragmatic politician."
Still, Ayers likes his former Chicago neighbor personally.
"He's a curious person," Ayers said. "One of the things I like about him is he's curious. He wants to know things. He asks questions. He's not just charming, he's also interested. He reads. … And I liked him personally. I mean, he's a really good guy."
During his race for the White House in 2008, Obama's associations with Ayers were questioned.
GOP vice presidental nominee Sarah Palin accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists," for his connections to Ayers.
Obama denied any close ties with Ayers, calling him "just a guy who lived in my neighborhood."
Ayers admitted in an interview with The Daily Beast
that some of the things said about him and Obama, such as serving on boards together and Ayers holding a fundraiser for Obama in his living room, are true.
"Today, I wish I knew him better and he was listening to me," Ayers told The Daily Beast.
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