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Mistaken identity: The misunderstood Bill Ayers

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 5:44 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War, but he never killed anyone. He once hosted a small party for Barack Obama, but he did not write Obama’s book Dreams From My Father, despite sometimes saying he did when asked (as he continues to be, again and again). Bill Ayers also didn’t conspire with the president to create Common Core standards in education as a nefarious communist plot against America — first off because he barely knows Obama, and secondly because he strongly opposes the Common Core.

Bill Ayers didn’t do a lot of the things people think he did, but he won’t defend himself anymore. He’s busy advocating and agitating for public school reform in Chicago, where he has lived with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn — formerly on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for her activities with the Weathermen — since the late 1980s.

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