Unrepentant Ayers: I Was 'Demonized'

Campaign piñata says of his radical past: We didn't do enough
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2008 8:56 AM CST

(Newser) – William Ayers broke his silence this morning on Good Morning America, and he was anything but repentant. The former ‘60s radical called the attacks on him “a profoundly dishonest narrative” designed to “demonize” him, ABC reports. But he didn’t apologize for controversial deeds by him or the Weather Underground, including the bombing of the Capitol. “The despicable acts were being done by our government,” he said, referring to the Vietnam War. “I never hurt anyone.”

“Frankly, I don’t think we did enough,” he said, “just as today I don’t think we’ve done enough to stop these wars.” Ayers also downplayed his connection to Barack Obama. “I am a guy around the neighborhood,” he said, adding that many people held home receptions for Obama. “I don’t buy the idea that guilt by association should have any part in our politics.”