The question that seems to be on everyone's mind about the Bill Ayers - Barack Obama connection is, "What was Obama doing with Ayers?"
This is precisely the wrong question. At the time of their intial association, Ayers had the money and the position of power. Obama was just a pipsqueak politician in a sea of such creatures. The real questions to ask are this:
What did Ayers see in Obama to make him The One Ayers chose to associate with? Why did Ayers lend Obama his credibility, his time and his money? Ayers was a long time veteran of politics and activism. He'd risen to a position of moderate prestige in such circles and one would think he'd gained a certain amount of wisdom and judgment over time.
What was it in Barack Obama that attracted Bill Ayers?