Rejecting Obama's Radical Friends

Viewpoint: Rivals are wrong to make an issue of Obama's links to former members of the Weather Underground — even if they are despicable

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Bernardine Dohrn, right, and William Ayers, December 3, 1980.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, best known recently as friends of Barack Obama, disappeared in 1969 after two of their colleagues in the Weather Underground died while building a bomb. Ayers and Dohrn spent 11 years setting off bombs and putting out statements threatening violent revolution. They promised to kill innocent Americans and praised the lunatic murderer Charles Manson. In 1981 two policemen and a security guard were killed in the botched holdup of a Brinks truck. Fake IDs used to rent getaway cars in an earlier robbery had been traced to a store where Dohrn worked. A grand jury wanted...

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