Thomas Lifson, among others, has been slowly peeling the onion about who actually wrote Dreams From My Father, the magnum opus attributed to President Barack Obama. It was this literary work that established the intellectual and literary bona fides of a young aspiring Chicago politician in a manner that would cause the cultural elites in the Democratic Party and the media to swoon. Lifson declared in his recent American Thinker column:
It is now abundantly clear that the image of Barack Obama sold to the American electorate was tightly edited, air-brushed, and exaggerated. He has worn a series of masks — eloquent orator, brilliant scholar, centrist, and literary sensation. All of these masks are coming off as he copes with a job for which image will not suffice.
Now, thanks to Jack Cashill, the literary mask has been removed. Obama is a literary pretender. Case closed. The evidence is overwhelming that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote Dreams from my Father, the book which established Obama’s pose as a brilliant writer (and therefore a fine mind, in the estimation of many). The stylistic resemblance between the Dreams and Ayers’ work is stunning. Now we know, thanks to Chris Andersen’s new book,that Obama hit a brick wall trying to fulfill his contract to produce a book, and shipped off his notes and tapes to Ayers.
Obama’s dismissal of Ayers as “just a guy in the neighborhood” has been shown to be an outright lie.
The Left has waged a vicious campaign against bloggers that have chosen to question whether Obama possessed the talent and ability to write a book like Dreams. Jeff Goldstein voiced his suspicions about Obama’s authorship early last fall in a post at Protein Wisdom. Andy McCarthy did the same at NRO. They were both excoriated by the defenders of the Obama cult, particularly Goldstein. Jeff got the rough treatment because he reduced the Obama/ Ayers polemic to a brief summary that the academics couldn’t refute:
If the charges are true, and Obama’s memoirs were in fact written by Bill Ayers, at least in part, than it is clear that at least in part, Barack Obama is a creation of Bill Ayers….
On that meta level, “Obama,” as we’ve come to know him through his memoirs, is more Ayers than he is Obama. Because from the perspective of “literariness” (if such a thing can be said to exist), the presentation is equally as important as the presented.
Meaning that Obama’s ties to Ayers go even deeper than we’ve previously surmised. Because if true, these revelations over authorship strongly suggest that Ayers is, in a very real sense, “Obama’s” creator.
Goldstein wrote this before the election on October 9th 2008. This is significant for several reasons, not least of which is the minimalist vetting process the press used to examine just who Barack Obama was. That Candidate Obama is a different policy creature than President Obama is indisputable. That he lied about his relationship with a controversial terrorist who appears to have been intimately involved in the shaping of the public persona of Barack Obama is inexcusable. It’s time to learn the rest of the story. I suggest starting with his years in Indonesia.
Note: I misspelled the terrorist’s name. Corrected.