An article by Jack Cashill from a World Net Daily Exclusive:
Obama didn’t write ‘Dreams from My Father’
The emergence of a previously unseen writing sample proves all but conclusively that Barack Obama did not in any meaningful way write “Dreams from My Father,” the book Time Magazine has called “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.”
The emergence of a second writing sample, this one by a legitimate author, provides convincing evidence as to who did.
In 1990, the University of Illinois at Springfield published a collection of essays called “After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois.” Obama contributed a chapter, titled: “Why Organize? Problems and Promise in the Inner City.”
The year 1990, by the way, was when Obama, the newly elected president of the Harvard Law Review, received a six-figure advance from Simon & Schuster to write what would become “Dreams from My Father.”
The publishers must not have read “Why Organize?” Although the essay covers many of the issues raised in “Dreams” and uses some of the memoir’s techniques, it does so without a hint of style, sophistication or promise.
Indeed, the essay is clunky, pedestrian and wonkish – a B- paper in a freshman comp class. The following two excerpts capture Obama’s range, or lack thereof:
Moreover, such approaches can and have become thinly veiled excuses for cutting back on social programs, which are anathema to a conservative agenda. But organizing the black community faces enormous problems as well … and the urban landscape is littered with the skeletons of previous efforts.
These cliché-choked sentences go beyond the merely unpromising to the fully ungrammatical. “Organizing” does not “face.” “Efforts” do not leave “skeletons.” “Agendas” do not have “anathemas.”
In “Why Organize?” Obama makes use of the fully recreated conversation, a technique used to somewhat better effect in “Dreams.” Here, his ungainly conjuring of black speech makes one cringe:
“I just cannot understand why a bright young man like you would go to college, get that degree and become a community organizer.” “Why’s that?”
“‘Cause the pay is low, the hours is long, and don’t nobody appreciate you.”
Obama asks us to believe that five years later, without any additional training, he was capable of writing passages like the following from “Dreams”:
Winter came and the city turned monochrome-black trees against gray sky above white earth. Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds.
To read “Why Organize?” in its entirety is to understand the fraud that is Obama, the literary genius. As the reader will see, one does not need forensic software to sense the limits of Obama’s skills.
Farrakhan suggested he would keep a low profile in the campaign, despite his enthusiasm for Obama.
Allow me to reconstruct how Obama transformed himself in a few short years from an awkward amateur into what the New York Times has called “that rare politician who can write … and write movingly and genuinely about himself.”
There is an element of speculation in this reconstruction, but new evidence continues to narrow the gap between the speculative and the conclusive.
One clue comes from an unexpected source: Rashid Khalidi, the radical Arab-American friend of Obama’s and reputed ally of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
In the acknowledgment section of his 2004 book, “Resurrecting Empire,” Khalidi pays tribute to his own literary muse, the man who has made “unrepentant” a household word, Bill Ayers.
Writes Khalidi, “Bill was particularly generous in letting me use his family’s dining room table to do some writing for the project.” Khalidi did not need the table. He had one of his own. He needed the help.
Khalidi had spent several years at Chicago University’s Center for International Studies. At a 2003 farewell dinner on the occasion of his departure from Chicago, Obama toasted him, thanking him and his wife for the many dinners they had shared as well as for his “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases.”
Chicago’s Hyde Park was home to a tight, influential radical community at whose center was the charismatic Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn. In this world, the Ayers’ terrorist rap sheet only heightened their reputation. Obama had to know.
The couple had given up revolution in 1980 for the long, slow march through the institutions. By 1994, if not earlier, Ayers saw a way to quicken that march.
I believe that after failing to finish his book on time, and after forfeiting his advance from Simon & Schuster, Obama brought his sprawling, messy, sophomoric manuscript to the famed dining room table of Bill Ayers and said, “Help.”
Cashill presents a compelling argument. I had several graduate level courses in textual criticism, and understand the text critic’s capability to compare word choices, motifs, style, and themes to compare and contrast writers, and even recognize forgeries, plagiarism, and “ghost writers.”
When you consider that Barack Obama is clearly intelligent and charismatic, it really is no surprise that the extremely liberal intellectuals that Obama’s mother (who had a PhD in anthropology and was obviously a radical herself) knew would mentor him.
Names like Frank Marshall Davis (member of the Communist Party USA and under FBI surveillance for 19 years), Saul Alinsky (radical organizer and author of Rules for Radicals), Jeremiah Wright (adherent of Marxist black liberation theology with ‘God damn America’ fame), Michael Pfleger, PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi (who mourns the existence of the state of Israel) keep cropping up in Obama’s life. William Ayers, former leader of the leftist domestic terrorist group the Weathermen/Weather Underground, which bombed over a dozen sites (including the Pentagon, the Capital, and New York City Police Headquarters) and killed seven people – along with his wife Bernadine Dohrn (whose Wikipedia article is very revealing about the dangerous mindset of radical intellectuals) -are just more names on the list.
Or not? If William Ayers truly DID ghostwrite Dreams of My Father based on the mess Obama brought him, Ayers becomes more than merely an influence. Obama would OWE this unrepentant terrorist bombing radical; Ayers would have not only sway, but even clout, over Barack Obama. Given that Ayers welcomed Obama to the board of his radical education foundation, given that Obama’s first fundraiser was held in Ayers’ home, and given that Ayers in likely even wrote Obama’s inspiring books for him, well, you should be able to see the problem for yourself.
Personally, I can’t say whether Obama’s books were ghostwritten by William Ayers or not. I acknowledge that I haven’t read Obama’s books (and frankly don’t have them on my reading list). But I did read his “Why Organize” paper, and identify with Jack Cashill’s point: it certainly doesn’t strike one as the words of one who can wax eloquent; and neither does Obama himself when he’s speaking off his talking points without his teleprompter.