Friday, September 25, 2009

New Evidence Suggests Ayers Had Significant Role in Obama's "Dreams of My Father"

Nearly one year ago we told you about the suspicions KC's own Jack Cashill had reached when analyzing the writing style of Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father regarding domestic terrorist William "Bill" Ayers.  Cashill believed that Ayers not only had a significant role in aiding Barack Obama's in authoring the book, but Ayers may have actually wrote significant portions. Cashill's analysis flew in the face of President Obama's insistence that Ayers was "not somebody he shared ideas with."

Now, a new biography of the Obamas by famed celebrity biographer Christopher Anderson seems to back up Cashill's conclusions.

What did interest Barack were Ayers's proven abilities as a writer. Unlike Barack, Ayers had written and cowritten scores of articles and treatises, as well as several nonfiction books beginning with Education: An American Problem in 1968. But it was the tone Ayers had set in his latest book -- To Teach (1993) -- that Barack hoped to emulate.

The tale of a maverick teacher who takes her students onto the streets of New York to teach them firsthand about history, culture, and survival, To Teach was written in a fluid, novelistic style. Barack asked for Ayers's input, and Ayers, who like so many in his circle was greatly impressed by the charismatic young activist, obliged.

To flesh out his family history, Barack had also taped interviews with Toot, Gramps, Ann, Maya, and his Kenyan relatives. These oral histories, along with his partial manuscript and a trunkload of notes, were given to Ayers. "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together," another Hyde Park neighbor pointed out. "It was not secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."

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 writings.

After local KC area blogger Tony spent so much time ridiculing Cashill on his findings, we can't help but wonder when we'll see Tony report on this new evidence.

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