What Was the Relationship Between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama?


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Prior to the 2008 Presidential elections, there was controversy surrounding the alleged relationship between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor. Ayers was also a leader of the Weather Underground, a radical organization. Investigation revealed that the two were in similar political and social circles.

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Connections between the two figures mainly involved social or political gatherings. Ayers and his wife hosted an event at their home at which Obama was named Alice Palmer's successor in the Illinois state senate, and Obama and Ayers both served on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, with three overlapping years during which they were both serving. Obama has condemned Ayers' past and claims no association with him.

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