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]