First Person

Ayers ‘Decompressing’ After Election

Bill Ayers, the “terrorist” Obama was accused of “pallin’ around with,” was just going about his business, teaching, writing, participating “in the never-ending effort to build a powerful and irresistible movement for peace and social justice,” he writes in his first post-election article. Then came the election season, and with it attempts by Clinton and then McCain to bring down Obama by playing up his acquaintance with the former Weatherman. “I became a prop, a cartoon character created to be pummeled,” he writes. Priceless tidbit: Ayers quotes the late, great Studs Terkel as calling Palin “Joe McCarthy in drag.”