"Leading Chicagoans, including Mayor Daley, now commend Ayers for his service to the city," writes Tanenhaus. He didn't know about the Weather Underground when he first met Ayers and Dohrn, but now includes it
in the history surveys I teach to undergraduates. I do my best to place them in the context of the radicalism of the late 1960s. I sometimes find it hard to believe that the Bill and Bernardine that Barack and I met in Hyde Park in the 1990s are the same people that my students are learning about in class. I know them better as the couple that invited me into their home in 2000 to meet their extended family, make gingerbread-cookie houses, and share Christmas dinner. Our conversation that night, as it almost always did, focused on the future, not the past.
Here is Tanenhaus on the O'Reilly Factor: