MSNBC personality Alex Wagner’s wedding occurred back in August of 2014, but news has just emerged that at least two of her guests were old Chicago pals: President Barack Obama and unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.
The President and First Lady attended the nuptials of White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC anchor Wagner in August, along with a who’s who of the American far Left. But two of the other guests were particularly interesting. 1960’s era domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and wife Bernadine Dohrn were also at the Pocantico Hills, New York ceremony.
Ayers and Dorhn are notorious, un-indicted terrorists who were once part of the 1960s radical terror outfit the Weather Underground. The pair were involved in deadly 1970s bombings, but managed to escape prosecution. Now both are leading cushy lives as professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
For a decade, Obama has tried to distance himself from Ayers and Dorhn. He’s claimed many times that he really didn’t know the notorious anti-American bombers, despite the fact that he launched his political career at a fundraiser in the Ayers’ living room.
During Obama’s first presidential primary, he waved off the accusation that he was a friend of the couple, saying, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood… The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago — when I was 8 years old — somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.”
Of course, not being a contemporary with the detestable does not preclude familiarity, so Obama’s dismissal is a classic example of doublespeak.
Despite Obama’s denials, the former terrorist himself has confirmed that he was indeed close enough to the Obamas to help Barack launch his political career in Chicago.
In one interview in 2013, Ayers admitted it was true that Obama “held a fundraiser in our living room.”
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