Author and scholar discusses his book, Deconstructing Obama, on C-Span. His thesis, now verified, is that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s memoir, Dreams from my Father.
Leary, a Chicago resident, who has tracked Barack’s Bomber Buddy for years, started a conversation with the domestic terrorist whom Obama claimed was just a guy in the neighborhood. The conversation turned quickly to Dreams of my Father, which is allegedly Barack Obama’s first autobiographical memoir:
Then, unprompted he said–I wrote Dreams From My Father. I said, oh, so you admit it. He said–Michelle asked me to. I looked at him. He seemed eager. He’s about my height, short. He went on to say–and if you can prove it, we can split the royalties. So I said, stop pulling my leg. Horrible thought. But he came again–I really wrote it, the wording was similar. I said I believe you probably heavily edited it. He said–I wrote it. I said–why would I believe you, you’re a liar.
He had no answer to that. Just looked at me. Then he turned and walked off, and said again his bit about my proving it and splitting the proceeds.
Was he, as she had asked, pulling our collective legs? Other sources report rumors that Ayers is very upset both about not getting any credit for helping Obama on ‘Dreams,’ and may also be put off by being summarily thrown under the bus along with Rev. Wright and everyone else who becomes an inconvenience to this President.
My understanding of communists is that most would know better and keep their mouths shut. But Ayers is a bit different. He is, as he says, a “small ‘c’ communist,” but he is also, in a certain, slimy way, an entrepreneur, as we explained in Monday’s post. (Apologies in advance to entrepreneurs everywhere.) He grew up a very rich kid, used to getting everything he wanted. Even as an adult his career has relied on a hand up from his wealthy father. His past statements and radical activities also mark him as a megalomaniac. In youth he drew attention to himself by blowing things up. As an adult “educator” he merely attempts to subvert children. But that doesn’t seem to be going so well.
The trouble with evil people is that they often want the credit for what they have done. It is therefore not surprising that Ayers has begun to admit that he wrote Obama’s book. It has already been proven by Jack Cashill and confirmed by Obama biographer, Christopher Anderson.
Obama is a security risk. His closest associates are a threat to America. Bill Ayers is a terrorist. Obama should resign or be impeached.
Plagiarism is a form of academic cheating which is universally condemned but nevertheless widespread because of growing dependence on electronic sources. There are other forms of academic cheating: (1) Having someone else write a paper for you; (2) Having someone else take an exam for you. These academic crimes are serious attempts at intellectual misrepresentation; the person who commits them is trying to represent himself as smarter than he really is. Academic cheating should result in the immediate expulsion of the student.
At the American Thinker, Jack Cashill has written a series of convincing articles showing that Bill Ayers is actually the ghost author of Dreams of my Father. This is based on a strong argument of literary criticism finding numerous and uncanny parallels between Obama’s Dreams and Ayer’s own memoir. Based upon their reading of Dreams, many have claimed that Barack Obama is a towering intellect, much smarter than George W. Bush. If Bill Ayers, the domestic terrorist, wrote Dreams of my Father then (1) Obama is an intellectual fraud, because he has represented this book as his own work; (2) Obama has also lied about his palling around with Bill Ayers–remember that Sarah Palin accused Obama of palling around with terrorists, and he denied that they were close; if Ayers wrote Dreams, or even had a significant role of any kind, then Obama has lied about their relationship.
Today, Jack Cashill has exposed the smoking gun, lines in a new book by Christopher Anderson, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage:
In his new book, “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage,” Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.
Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published — just as I had envisioned it in my articles on the authorship of Dreams. With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”
To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, “These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers.” Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor, “Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both.”
Andersen continues, “In the end, Ayers’s contribution to Barack’s Dreams From My Father would be significant–so much so that the book’s language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers’s own writing.”
I cannot recommend Thomas Lifson’s American Thinker enough. It is one of the best sites on the WWW; it is the best source of conservative thought and reporting on contemporary events that I know.
Now Andersen gives no sources or names; the Obamas did not cooperate with him. Skeptics will argue that we have no way of knowing whether his claims can be verified, and we have no way of knowing the veracity of those he interviewed. Who, for example, was the Hyde Park neighbor he spoke with? Some might even argue that he reached his conclusion after reading Cashill’s original blog, without citing it. Andersen faces the same credibility problem Bob Woodward faces, since he is often charged with making outrageous charges in some of his books without offering any proof that conversations he could not have been privy to took place. But Woodward’s use of such a technique never has hurt his reputation. After all, he is Bob Woodward. Reviewers of Andersen’s book have had no compunction in labeling much of what he writes as pure “gossip.”
Update 2: I have taught in both Canada and Africa, and I have encountered dozens examples of academic cheating. I am absolutely appalled by it, because at the graduate level, and even the undergraduate level, plagiarism is the sure sign that the student should never have matriculated. In every case, the administrators of the school wished to take a more lenient stance than I. I was in every case forced to give in against my better judgment (and against the policy of the school which was not being enforced). For example, in most cases the plagiarizing student was allowed to redo the assignment. What kind of punishment is that? There is no deterrent if the student will just be allowed to redo the paper. Now we have a US president who has committed academic fraud. It will only be when he has made a complete disaster of the greatest nation in the world that we will see that plagiarism is a serious crime.
I found it humiliating once to have been reprimanded by an academic dean for giving an African my musings on plagiarism (written months beforehand) in which I said that as any monkey can imitate human gesture, so also any poor student can copy words from books and represent them as his own. The student felt that I had written these words as a personal attack of him, and of course, for Africans, being compared to monkeys is a example of racism. So I was made to apologize to the student who had committed academic fraud. As I become older, I am becoming less tolerant of fraud and less worried about what such administrators think of me.