You are correct!
Originally posted by Andy
...Didn't O-sensei say something like "aikido is 90% atemi"?
However I wouldn't take that quote too seriously. It seems that people misinterpet authorities like O Sensei. One of the main reasons is that modern people interpet things literally. Ancient people and I would put O Sensei in this category because of his psychology, were not literal but poetic.
Perhaps a commentary could be like: Aikido is the spirit of atemi. You are doing something completely. You are not passively waiting for something to happen.
After all, if you literally believed Aikido is 90% atemi, then what is the other 10%? Why didn't O Sensei mention that also?