[Obama about Ayers during the campaign: “Just some guy in the neighborhood.”]
By Jim Simpson 10.6.09
Anne Leary of Back Yard Conservative was passing through Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport yesterday, and was surprised to come across Bill Ayers at Starbucks: “scruffy, thinning beard, dippy earring, and the wire rims, heading to order.” She struck up a conversation with him and snapped the accompanying photo. (Photo provided courtesy Anne Leary.)
I interviewed Anne this morning about it.
Ayers was in Washington, he told her, for a conference on education.
“That’s what I do, education,” he said. “You shouldn’t believe everything you hear about me… You know nothing about me.”
To which she responded, “I said, I know plenty–I’m from Chicago, a conservative blogger, and I’ll post this.”
I bet his heart skipped a beat on that one.
But he didn’t scowl, and didn’t run off as he has been known to do. Instead, unprompted, he blurted out: “I wrote ‘Dreams From My Father… Michelle asked me to.” Then he added “And if you can prove it we can split the royalties.”
Anne responded, “Stop pulling my leg!”
But he repeated insistently, “I wrote it, the wording was similar [to Ayers’ other writing.]”
Anne responded, “I believe you probably heavily edited it.”
Ayers stated firmly, “I wrote it.”