The former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers recently had his bid for emeritus status at University of Illinois rejected leaving many of us wondering whether UI had finally seen the light of day. But no, not exactly.
Paul Kengor explains it in Obama's Prairie Fire Companion.
It seems that Ayers dedicated his 1974 book "Prairie Fire" to Bobby Kennedy's killer, Sirhan Sirhan. Unfortunately for Ayers, Bobby's son, Christoper Kennedy, happened to be on the university board of trustees. And Mr. Kennedy was able to garner enough support to keep Ayers from getting the emeritus appellation.
It was probably a challenge for Mr. Kennedy to reach take that position, but for whatever it's worth, at least it proves that blood is thicker than the effluence of radical leftism.
Mr. Kengor provides a pretty good review of the history of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers. Read the whole thing at Obama's Prairie Fire Companion. And before we jump to conclusions, recall that Obama was oblivious to Ayers' radical past since the book was written long before Ayers became his mentor. At least that's what Obama told us, anyway.