President Barack Obama attended a wedding with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn last year, according to gossip website Gawker, which reported it “recently heard” the former Weather Underground members were in attendance.
The wedding was reportedly between MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass on Aug. 30 at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills, New York.
Obama's relationship with Ayers and Dohrn was a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign because the Weather Underground bombed building during h 1970s.
In the 1990s, Obama ran an education foundation with Ayers called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Obama also visited the home of Ayers during his first campaign for Illinois state Senate.
TheBlaze asked the White House if it could confirm the Gawker report, and if so, if there was any interaction between the president and Ayers or Dohrn. The White House did not immediately respond.
A White House spokeswoman told Gawker that the White House does not comment on private events.
Ayers and Dohrn were likely invited due to their connection to Kass. Though the nature of their relationship with him is unclear, Kass resided for several years in Chicago, where Ayers and Dohrn live, and appear to have close mutual friends. In 2012, for example, the trio attended the same 22-guest wedding at a San Francisco art gallery.
It is difficult to say much beyond that, however, because the principals have refused to comment on the event, refusing repeated opportunities to deny that Ayers and Dohrn were present. Ayers, Dohrn, Kass, and Wagner did not acknowledge multiple requests for comment. The White House and MSNBC were similarly reticent. “It was a private event and we are not going to comment any further,” an MSNBC spokesperson told Gawker via email. White House spokesperson Jennifer Friedman declined to comment, citing the fact that the wedding was a private event—but the White House has commented on private events in the past, to the point of confirming the presence of certain guests.