He Helped Write A Book

It seems some one helped Mr. Obama write Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Christopher Andersen in Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage says it was American terrorist Bill Ayres.

Ron Radosh had this to say about it.

Obama had not as yet written anything. But he had taped interviews with family members. Andersen writes: "These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers." Look over those words. A man Obama said before the campaign -- after conservative pundits continually raised the issue that he was friends with an "unrepentent terrorist" -- that he knew only in passing as someone in the neighborhood. He was simply an acquaintance -- not someone he had any real friendship or relationship with. Yet Obama evidently gave Ayers his notes, tapes, and the small amount that he had already written.

On the latter point, Andersen also writes, quoting a Hyde Park neighbor of Obama: "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." Why should it be secret? We know the answer to that. Obama was denying this relationship, as well as suggesting it was not true they worked on projects together. Everything that was ferreted out at the time that proved this was hardly likely was simply ignored by the MSM.

Finally, Christopher Andersen concludes: "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."

Well isn't that interesting. Ayers was not just some guy in the neighborhood but also a collaborator. Maybe that is why Mr. Obama got his start in Chicago's Hyde Park politics with terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn who still sees herself as a radical.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 09.25.09 at 11:11 AM


Barack Hussein Obama: a writer who doesn't write, a thinker who doesn't think.

Rhodium Heart   ·  September 25, 2009 11:52 AM

Yes and it appears that "hope and change" means more of the same old DEM policy.

Hugh   ·  September 25, 2009 1:32 PM

It wouldn't matter to me one whit if Obama used a ghost writer. In fact, I'd be surprised if he hadn't. And yet, being an accomplished writer is so much part of his self created image that it would wound him terribly if it did become known that somebody, whether Ayers or anyone else, fleshed out the bare bones of his narrative.

Of course, if it were Ayers, it destroys the whole "he's just some guy who lives in my neighborhood" line.

Steve Skubinna   ·  September 25, 2009 1:37 PM

Kennedy had a ghost writer for Profiles in Courage, right? Maybe we can convince Obama to let the cat out of the bag, since he's consciously trying to evoke the whole Camelot schtick.

Tom DeGisi

Tom DeGisi   ·  September 25, 2009 5:06 PM

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