Mayor Daley of Chicago has praised Ayers

WaPo. The quotes speak for themselves. Whoever Bill Ayers was then, he is not now. Like many of us forty years later.

Ayers is an informal adviser to Mayor Richard M. Daley and has been awarded more than $50 million in charitable grants for his promotion of small schools as a solution to a crisis in education.

In Chicago, however, Ayers is considered so mainstream that Daley issued a statement on Thursday praising him as a “distinguished professor of education” and a “valued member of the Chicago community.”

“I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago, but I remember that period well,” said Daley, an Obama supporter whose father, Richard J. Daley, was a favorite target of the antiwar movement when he was mayor in the ’60s. “It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep refighting 40-year-old battles.”

“Judges who were lifelong ardent conservatives had no trouble recognizing that the work that Bernadine and Bill are now doing is completely divorced from anything in their background” [said a law professor]


  1. Please, please tell me the City of Chicago didn’t provide the 50 million plus in grants to Ayers!!!!!!!!
    The CPS is one of the worst in the nation and if the city awarded Ayers all that money why is it one of the worst?
    Evidently his solution to education crisis is a failure! Maybe Daley should award him a 150 million????
    We need another tax increase. Now I know why the jerk lives close to Obama.

  2. If Mayor Daily admires and praises Bill Ayers, then it must be that he also admires and praises the Chicago 8. At this point it would not surprise if he claims to do so.

    Mayor Daily’s father is probably turning in is grave at what has been going on in his beloved Chicago. Our Mayor has given into the radicals to whom his father was against. The large amount of money (grants) that Bill Ayers managed went to other places instead of the schools. It makes one wonder that this must be true since Obama has over 500 million in is campagin fund. That coupled with the terrible shape the schools are in makes one wonder what the real connection is between Ayers and Daily.

    What ever Daily says about Ayers it still does not make the fact that Ayers and his wife murdered people during their bombing days. They got away with murder litterly. And if Mayor Daily is fine with that then perhaps he should see a shrink.

  3. Hey Joe, at least try to get your facts correct before spouting off.

    No one was ever killed or even injured in any of the bombings Ayers and Dohrn did.

    One of the great joys with an Obama presidency will be that, since the right wing fringe will no longer have friends in high places, no one will care any more what you think. Bay Buchanan and William Kristol will no longer be asked their opinion on talk shows because they will be irrelevant.

    And, Lord, you can’t even spell Daley’s name correctly.

  4. You’re right Bob…Daleys’ name should be spelled crook! Who cares if Ayres didn’t actually kill anyone…it was an attempt nontheless! God help Chicago!

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