Bill Ayers, former University of Illinois professor and co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should be put on trial for war crimes, according to RealClearPolitics.
"Every president in this century should be put on trial," Ayers told Charlie Stone on RealClearPolitics' "Morning Commute." “Every one of them goes into an office dripping with blood and then adds to it. And, yes, I think that these are war crimes. I think that they’re acts of terror.”
Ayers, whose Weather Underground bombed police stations, the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during its anti-Vietnam War crusade in the 1960s and 1970s, said he'd give Obama a failing grade based on his presidency's policy and politics. Nevertheless, Ayers said he likes the president.
"He's a curious person. One of the things I like about him is he's curious. He wants to know things. He asks questions, he's not just charming, he's also interested. He reads," Ayers said. "I liked him personally -- he's a really good guy."
Ayers has a complicated history with the president. There's no proof Ayers and Obama were ever friends, but the men reportedly worked together on the board of a Chicago-based charity. Ayers also hosted a campaign event when Obama first ran for office in the 1990s.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists," referring to Ayers openly taking credit for the 1970s bombings at the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon. Ayers brushed off Palin's accusations in an interview with the New Yorker in 2008.
"I think my relationship with Obama was probably like that of thousands of others in Chicago," Ayers said. "And, like millions and millions of others, I wished I knew him better."