Skip to comments.Breakthrough on the Authorship of Obama's 'Dreams' !!!!!
Posted on 06/27/2009 10:34:36 PM PDT by pissant
Within days of my going public last September with the speculation that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers helped Barack Obama write his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father, I learned that I was not alone in that intuition.
Since then, I have received helpful contributions from serious people in at least five countries and any number of states and have integrated many of their observations into my ongoing narrative, summarized here. If you are unfamiliar with this research, please read this before going forward.
About a week ago, however, I heard from a new contributor. I will refer to him as "Mr. West." Like most contributors, he prefers to remain anonymous. The media punishment that Joe the Plumber received has much to do with this nearly universal reticence.
A week before that, I heard from another excellent contributor, Mr. Midwest. Their collective contribution should dispel the doubts of all but the willfully blind that Ayers played a substantial role, likely the primary role, in the writing of Dreams.
As a reminder, there is no reliable computer science for determining authorship. In assessing the value of the existing science, think polygraph, not DNA. Polygraph-level scholarship may suffice for harmless speculation about the authorship of Midsummer's Night Dream, but not for Dreams From My Father. Too much is at stake for the latter.
The experts in the field have told me to stick with old-fashioned literary detective work, and I have done just that. Mr, Midwest has helped. His most recent contribution is a good example of keen-eyed detection.
Going forward, I will be referring to five books. These include Ayers' 1993 To Teach, his 1997 A Kind and Just Parent (shorthand: Parent), his 2001 memoir Fugitive Days, and Obama's 1995 Dreams From My Father (Dreams). Casual critics of this research have repeated the canard that I attributed both Obama books, Dreams and the 2006 Audacity of Hope (Audacity), to Ayers. I never have. From the beginning, I have asserted that the two books appear to have two different authors, and so I will leave Audacity out of the equation until the end.
What Mr. Midwest noticed recently is that both Ayers in Parent and Obama in Dreams make reference to the poet Carl Sandburg. In itself, this is not a grand revelation. Let us call it a C-level match. Obama and Ayers seem to have shared the same library in any case. Both talk of reading the books of Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Dubois and Frantz Fanon among others. In fact, each misspells "Frantz" as "Franz."
Ayers and Obama, however, go beyond citing Sandburg. Each quotes the opening line of his poem "Chicago." From Dreams:
He poured himself more hot water. "What do you know about Chicago anyway?"
I thought a moment. "Hog butcher to the world," I said finally.
"At the turn of the century, Chicago had a population of a million people and was a young and muscular city - hub of commerce and industry, the first skyscraper city, home of the famous world exposition, "hog butcher to the world" - bursting with energy."
This I would call a B-level match. What raises it up a notch to an A-level match is the fact that both misquote "Chicago," and they do so in exactly the same way. The poem actually opens, "Hog butcher for the world."
Last week, the first email I received from Mr. West had in the message box "759 striking similarities between Dreams and Ayers' works." This claim seemed so outsized I did not take it seriously. When I was unable to open the documents, I emailed Mr. West back, asked him to reformat, and then forgot about the email. He resent his documents a few days later.
This time I was able to open them and was promptly blown away. Mr. West's analysis was systematic, comprehensive, and utterly, totally, damning. Of the 759 matches, none were frivolous. All were C-level or above, and I had no doubt of their authenticity. I had been gathering many of them in my own reserve waiting for a book-length opportunity to make my case. Mr. West had done the heavy lifting. He even indexed his matches. This represented months of works. As I learned, he had been patiently gathering material since November when he first began building on my own research.
I read through all 759 matches and culled out those that I would consider B-Level or above. There were 180 of these. As a control, I tested them against my own 2006 book Sucker Punch, like Dreams and Fugitive Days a memoir that deals extensively with race. In that I am closer to Ayers in age, race, education, family and cultural background than Obama is, our styles should have had more chance of matching. They don't. Of the 180 examples, I matched, strictly speaking, on six. Even by the most generous standard, we matched on only sixteen.
Let me just cite a few matches between Ayers' work and Dreams that I found intriguing. Rather astonishingly, as Mr. West points out, at least six of the characters in Dreams have the same names as characters in Ayers' books: Malik, Freddy, Tim, Coretta, Marcus, and "the old man." Many of the stories involving these characters in Dreams seem as contrived as their names.
In one instance, Obama reflects on his own first days as a ten year-old at his Hawaiian prep school, a transition complicated by the presence of "Coretta," the only other black student in the class.
When the other students accuse Obama of having a girlfriend, Obama shoves Coretta and insists that she leave him alone. Although "his act of betrayal" buys him a reprieve from the other students, Obama understands that he "had been tested and found wanting."
Ayers relates a parallel story in Parent. He tells of a useful reading assignment from the 1992 book, The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas, by black author Reginald McKnight. The passage in question deals with the travails of Clint, the first black student in a newly integrated school, who repudiates Marvin, the only other black boy in the school. Upon reflection, Clint thinks, "I was ashamed. Ashamed for not defending Marvin and ashamed that Marvin even existed."
As Mr. Midwest pointed out in a recent missive, Ayers' interest in education bleeds into Dreams. The tip-off once again is the contrived name, in this case "Asante Moran," likely an homage to the Afro-centric educator, Molefi Kete Asante. Moran lectures Obama and his pal "Johnny" on the nature of public education.
"The first thing you have to realize," he said, looking at Johnnie and me in turn, "is that the public school system is not about educating black children. Never has been. Inner-city schools are about social control. Period."
"Social control" is an Ayers' bugaboo. "The message to Black people was that at any moment and for any reason whatsoever your life or the lives of your loved ones could be randomly snuffed out," he writes in Fugitive Days. "The intention was social control through random intimidation and unpredictable violence."
In Dreams, "Moran" elaborates on the fate of the black student, "From day one, what's he learning about? Someone else's history. Someone else's culture. Not only that, this culture he's supposed to learn is the same culture that's systematically rejected him, denied his humanity."
If this character were real, and Obama had actually met him, there would be no reason to phony up his name. In fact, however, Moran is spouting exactly the same educational philosophy that Ayers does in To Teach.
"Underneath it all," Ayers says of standard school textbooks, "the social studies and literature texts reflected and promoted white supremacy. There were no pictures or photographs of African Americans . . . there was throughout an assumed superiority and smug celebration of the status quo."
Both authors, by the way, use the phrase "beneath the surface" repeatedly. And what they find beneath the surface, of course, is the disturbing truth about power disparities in the real America, which each refers to as an "imperial culture." Speaking of which, both insist that "knowledge" is "power" and seem consumed by the uses or misuses of power. Ayers, in fact, evokes the word "power" and its derivatives 75 times in Fugitive Days, Obama 83 times in Dreams.
More exotically, both authors evoke images of a "boy" riding on the backs of a "water buffalo" and prodding the beast not just with sticks, but with "bamboo sticks." Ayers places his boy in Vietnam. Obama puts his in Indonesia.
Both authors link Indonesia with Vietnam. In each case, clueless officials - plural -- with the "State Department" try to explain how the march of communism through "Indochina" will specifically imperil "Indonesia." The Ayers account, however, at least sounds vaguely real. The Obama account sounds like an Ayers' memory imposed on Obama's mother. She allegedly discussed these geo-political strategy sessions in Indonesia with her pre-teen son.
Ayers and his radical friends were obsessed with Vietnam. It defined them and still does. To reflect their superior insight into that country, they have shown a tendency to use "Mekong Delta" as synecdoche, the part that indicates the whole.
In Fugitive Days, for instance, Ayers envisions "a patrol in the Mekong Delta" when he conjures up an image of Vietnam. Ayers' wife, Bernadine Dohrn, pontificated about "a hamlet called My Lai" in a 1998 interview, but to flash her radical chops, she located it "in the middle of the Mekong Delta," which is in reality several hundred miles from My Lai.
Given Obama's age, "Mekong Delta" was not likely a part of his vocabulary, but that does not stop him from writing about "the angry young men in Soweto or Detroit or the Mekong Delta." Ayers, of course, would also have had a much deeper connection than Obama to "Detroit," whose historic riot took place shortly before Obama's sixth birthday. Ayers worked in Detroit the year after those same riots.
Returning to the exotic, in his Indonesian backyard Obama discovered two "birds of paradise" running wild as well as chickens, ducks, and a "yellow dog with a baleful howl."
In Fugitive Days, there is even more "howling" than there is in Dreams. Ayers places his "birds of paradise" in Guatemala. He places his ducks and dogs together in a Vietnamese village being swept by merciless Americans. In Parent, he talks specifically about a "yellow dog." And he uses the word "baleful" to describe an "eye" in Fugitive Days. For the record, "baleful" means "threatening harm." I had to look it up.
Ayers is fixated with faces, especially eyes. He writes of "sparkling" eyes, "shining" eyes, "laughing" eyes, "twinkling" eyes, eyes "like ice," and people who are "wide-eyed" and "dark-eyed."
As it happens, Obama is also fixated with faces, especially eyes. He also writes of "sparkling" eyes, "shining" eyes, "laughing" eyes, "twinkling" eyes, and uses the phrases "wide-eyed" and "dark-eyed." Obama adds "smoldering eyes," "smoldering" being a word that he and Ayers inject repeatedly. Obama also uses the highly distinctive phrase "like ice," in his case to describe the glinting of the stars.
If Ayers is fixated on eyes, about eyebrows he is positively fetishistic. There are six references to "eyebrows" in Fugitive Days -- bushy ones, flaring ones, arched ones, black ones and, stunningly, seven references in Dreams -- heavy ones, bushy ones, wispy ones. It is the rare memoirist who talks about eyebrows at all.
On three occasions in Dreams, Obama speaks of people with "round" faces. On four occasions in Fugitive Days, Ayers does the same. Both speak of "grim-faced" people, people with "soft" faces, and, most unusually, people with "tight" faces.
Both Ayers and Obama describe acquaintances who smile like a "Cheshire cat." Some of their characters have a countenance -- grin, squint, or scowl -- that is "perpetual." Others are "suppressing" their smiles or their grins.
To this point, I have just skimmed the 759 items in the bill of particulars in my case against Obama's literary genius. Not familiar with the term "bill of particulars?" Uncertain myself, I looked that one up too. It means a list of written statements made by a party to a court proceeding. Ayers and Obama each refer knowingly to a "bill of particulars." Doesn't everyone?
The answer, of course, is no. In Audacity of Hope, Obama does not use this phrase or most of the distinctive words or combinations of words in Dreams. In Audacity, for instance, there are virtually no descriptions of faces or eyes, and the few that the author does use are flat and clichéd -- like "brave face" or "sharp-eyed." In Dreams, seven different people "frown," twelve "grin," and six "squint." In Audacity, no more than one person makes any of these gestures.
Mr. West independently came to the same conclusion that I did, namely that Ayers was not meaningfully involved in Audacity. These two Obama books almost assuredly had different primary authors. What should be transparent to any literary critic is that the author of Audacity lacked the style and skill of the author of Dreams. There are a few pockets in Audacity that evoke the spirit of Dreams but without the same grace.
A likely suspect for these imitative passages, perhaps the whole of Audacity, is Obama's young speechwriter, Jon Favreau. Favreau joined the Obama team in 2005, time enough to play that role. The London Guardian reports that Favreau carries Dreams wherever he goes and can "conjure up his master's voice as if an accomplished impersonator." If so, in Audacity he played the classic role of the ghostwriter -- one who absorbs his client's thoughts and relates them in a refined version of his client's voice.
Bill Ayers was no one's ghostwriter. The now overwhelming evidence strongly suggests that he used the frame of Obama's life and finished it off with his own ideas, his own biases, his own experiences, his own passions, his own friends, even his own romances, all of this toned down just enough to keep Obama viable as a potential candidate.
I would argue that Ayers played Cyrano to Obama's Christian. His personal history was too ugly for him to woo Roxane/America himself. But Obama -- "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," as Joe Biden reminded us -- could and did make America's heart melt.
So, what will the author do with the information? I don’t think there is a chance that the so-called MSM will touch this. In fact, I doubt Sean Hannity would touch it, I know O’Reilly would not.
All the public truths "known" about Obama are deceptions and lies.
And all the "dead horses" are true.
Remember, Ayers was “...just some guy who happened to live in the same neighborhood..”
This perfectly explains how the two authors from the same neighborhood produced 759 overlapping similarities in their respective writings.
Just Imagine if George Bush had been the plagiarist.
Me TOO! That site attacked my computer with a fake virus attack!!!WTH???
"Lets start with the obvious"
According to you, everyone in the whole wide world knows barry is a liar, a fraud. If the "obvious" is to bring him down, why is he still TOTUS? Why does he increase the federal government each time he opens his mouth? How many czars does he have now? 14, 15, 16?
Obviously, the obvious will NOT be bringing this fraud down.
Sample of Obama’s “poetry”:
Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance . . .
William Blake, eat you heart out.
It's not weird at all. Obama was groomed from childhood to play the destructive role in American history he is playing today. His education, his career (such as it was), and his books were all part of a coordinated effort to make us poorer at home and weaker abroad.
I have very little doubt that Ayers wrote his first book just as one of the Communist professors at Harvard Law wrote his law review writing competition note when he was a 2L. Obama didn't just happen, he was manufactured. The man is a moron. Somebody crafted the image of a great intellectual for him. Jack Cashill has given us some interesting insight into how part of that crafting was done.
That said, it doesn't really matter how Obama came to be. The icon has been created and there is no way to debunk it now. The Obama that millions voted for doesn't exist and never did, but his supporters will never acknowledge that any more than the Iranian Mullahs will ever repudiate the idea that Mohamed was Allah's prophet.
It is interesting to look at the tracks that Obama’s creators left behind. In the end, however, they don't matter. We have to focus on fighting the monster not on exposing how he came to be. If Bill Clinton taught us anything it should be this: There is no political gain to be gotten from laying bare the ugly truths behind leftist mythology.
I'm not a fan of Cashill, but how much money, in round numbers, do you think he can make peddling this story?
Wrong. New, overwhelming research.
As I recall, there was a big hoopla about Hillary having a ghostwriter for “Village”, too. Nobody cared. I don’t think anyone cares about ghostwriters, and assumes that everyone uses them. Ayers was the ghostwriter, and Obama lied about it. Shocking. /s
And she distracted you, and a few more people, from discussing the death of Ron Brown. Even the black loudmouths were beginning to ask questions. She also diverted attention from seven figure bribes being accepted by the then President, and the death of his "best friend."
You were had.
The books were written to help him in his political goals by the Marxist Ayers. Ayers knew he could never accomplish his goals himself so BHO became his tool.
Just imagine the power Ayers has over Obama if this is true.
I don’t have to imagine. I have always known. Any rational, thinking human being could connect the dots during the campaign. Why is this news? It confirms they had a relationship. Didn’t we already know that? Nobody cared.
To add to your excellent post, here is how two men a generation apart in age were in the same place at the same time. Ayers evolved from street demonstrations to undergroud experiences to deciding that controlling early education was the best path for his Revolution. I agree with you that student Obama came into Ayers, and probably, Stanley Dunham’s life during the early ‘80s.
After leaving the underground, he (Ayers) earned an M.Ed from Bank Street College in Early Childhood Education (1984)[age 40], an M.Ed from Teachers College, Columbia University in Early Childhood Education (1987) and an Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction (1987).
Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983 but did not move to Chicago until 1985.
No, if true, this casts a more ominous view of the relationship. And Ayers can hold this authorship over Obama’s head for whatever purpose. Ayers has the power to destroy Obama politically.
I wish that were correct, but unfortunately it's not. Obama has yet to be nailed on anything. Oh, the evidence is all there, and that is probably what you are referring to when you say that he has been nailed -- in the theoretical sense of there being quite a bit of evidence against him, yes he has. But in the real sense of actually being challenged, indicted and convicted -- you know, actually "nailed"? That eventuality is, unfortunately, as distant as it has always been.
The birth certificate issue is still out there. Nothing substantial has come of it. The Chrysler takeover, which violates the rule of law as it pertains to bankruptcy proceedings, is out there. Nothing will come of that, either.
Then there is this Ayers-ghost-writing issue. I am afraid that all of this will amount to nothing more than some interesting writing-style analysis by a right-winger who is seen as flogging a dead horse. I fervently wish that this issue -- or ANY of these issues -- would amount to much, much more than that (in other words, get the legal attention they deserve), and Obama would be truly "nailed." But I've already seen enough and heard enough to be absolutely jaded about the possibility that anything will actually come of this.
I really hope I'm wrong. Maybe, like the story of the Mafia's Teflon Don, patience will be a virtue in this. But I'm getting tired of waiting for anything to actually stick to this Obama guy. At least the Teflon Don was just doing racketeering and the normal Mafia stuff. Obama's actions are, of course, much more damaging and far-reaching, affecting not only the citizens of this country but the planet as a whole. And I can't wait 3.5 more years or more for him to finally be outed and convicted for his crimes of fraud. It will be too late; the damage will have been done. It already has been done to a large extent, just within six months.
So I wait. And call congressmen. And wait some more. Hoping for the day that Obama is, truly, NAILED.
Seriously, each writer has chords and progressions as unique as a guitarist. Just as you can pick out your favorite bands sound even from an unheard piece of music, a writers little details do not lie. Bill Ayers and Barack Obama are two distinct people and cannot write that closely alike in the LITTLE things, the unconscious things. Its not possible.100% Correct.
That 'writing style' even goes for FReepers. Every FReeper has their own style(1). After a while you can tell who posted a comment without seeing his/her screen name. Especially holds true for long time FReepers.
And as to guitarists, ditto. Just watch a YouTube Video of a BB King, Eric Clapton duet. They're both playing the same song but BB is doing it his way and Clapton is doing it his way (inserting their 'signature' licks).
(1) When I post at Huffie or DU I have to conscientiously try 'not to be me'. Eveb though I'm using different screen names, gotta be careful of my style. Orrrrr using 'gotta' like I just did :-)
Ping for later
Naw. America yawns. Flips on the boob tube to Fox Reality Channel and veg out with a cold one. No worries. Don’t care. Gov check’s in the mail.
Only one step removed from what dissidents in Iran receive for questioning their government.
Has anyone been able to read his college papers? Have they been researched, not for plagiarism, but for authorship?
Strawman. Following and commenting on this story doesn't make the greater issues of the day "secondary". It is not "Either/Or" but rather "Both/And". We should use every arrow in our quiver against this Marxist liar. It's a war. Tea parties and intellectual analysis. I'd say your anti-Cashill bias is clouding your thinking.
Look, the people of this country have been had. That much is clear by now. Obama is a liar, a fraud, a phony, a tyrant. He spends millions trying to conceal his college records, his long vault birth certificate, etc. He openly is above the rule of law in his quest to turn the country into a communist utopia. And the links between himself and all his radical pals are well established. That he would have Bill Ayers write a book for him is a near certain possibility. Cashill has obviously put a lot of effort into putting together some evidence that is beyond compelling. Some of us realize what’s going on but until the MSM does, we may as well be shouting from the rooftops.
Ayers has the power to destroy Obama politically.
Excellent point. Aren’t federal background checks of any potential employee needing secret clearances mostly about items in a person’s history that could be sources of blackmail? (I know elected officials do not get the FBI scrutiny but all State Dept employees, for example, do get them.)
I'm not convinced he even went to college - at least Columbia. Has there been one person come forward who remembers him at Columbia?
Navy Vet, re post 112: Where have you been. Democrat presidents lie with impunity. Think about Bill Clinton. Obama lies every time he opens his mouth. He lies so much, we can’t keep up with his lies. I’m still astounded that he would call the recently passed carbon tax a “jobs bill”. Amazing.
I have to agree. Look at all the stuff that was out there against Bill and Hillary. And all we could come up with was Monica Lewinsky, and even that didn’t hurt him really, in the long run. He still got to serve two full terms as POTUS, despite the impeachment. And now he is raking in millions as an ex-president with speaking fees and such.
that is disgust.......you need to be a man yourself and turn this in to the mods.
These two books help propel him into the limelight about how intelligent he was to write two books about himself at such a young age. Never did the prose of the books come out after those two books in his writings (what writings?) or his interviews. He wrote little to nothing for the Harvard Review which is unheard of but wrote two books?
It is part of the fraud perpetrated on this Country by someone who cannot tell the truth. There are people in Chicago that have been in meetings with him before when he was with Ayers and the only meaninful thing he adds is what is written for him most likely by Ayers.
We know little about ZERO except through this type of research. Because of all the research we know he doesn’t have the capability to write a book, his mother and grandparents were Communist sympathizers at the very least, his mentor during his teens was the Communist Frank Davis, and the list goes on. The authorship of these two books are just more parts of the puzzle.
This Nation had someone elected (massive voter fraud in the primary and general) we know next to nothing about and his books were supposed to let everyone see who he was but now they turn out to be frauds.
I think this work is very important because it shows the lack of character and how he will lie about everything. The main thing I take out is he does share the same hatred for whites as Ayers, Dohrn, Michelle, Malcolm X, Frank Davis, Rev Wright, Farrakhan, and the list keeps going. His hatred of Britain is one of the most telling — our closest ally he continues to snub.
It is a pattern of deceit and ZERO plays the part perfectly as he is the puppet that was elected President as he keeps reminding everyone that he is “The President.” Tell us something we don’t know is what I keep thinking.
Bottom line anything that gives insight in who is ZERO is important IMHO. We have an election in 2012 and the light of day needs shined on the truth about this fraud and imposter.
My more then two cents!
So piddling mental masturbation from WND will?
To bookmark or copy.
History in Pictures:
Ping to # 170.
Backtrack to # 120.
Elected officials have to receive security background checks in order to receive clearances to reveiw classified materials.
Oh, they cared alright; including the ghostwriter who sued for non payment.
One more ping, to #172.
Your "suggestion" of the "obvious" is a miserable fail. What I would like to know is why are you so against people investigating to get to the truth?
Is truth not important enough for you? Some have stated in previous posts, they believe a "small thing" will bring this fraud down.
I do believe that to be the case, as do you, judging from your "obvious things" posts, which has FAILED to make a dent in the fraudulent one.
I also wonder why you "waste your time" in such threads, if you don't believe they are important.
If, as you state, the “obvious” will bring him down, why is he still standing?
Not all that much, but it has kept him employed for close to a year so far.
I find Cashill entertaining and I admire his tenacity BUT I don't think that conspiracy theory helps our fight.
Cashill has always been a spinner of theory's or yarns he does it well. I just don't think it helps us when going after Obama.
If we must postulate on Obamas formative ideology, lets look at the deep seated hatred that He and his family have for the "colonial" west, which is seated in the mau mau rebellion.
I can understand their feelings of hatred, BUT America wasnt a part of this Imperialism and the truth is that the mau mau were evil blood drinking man eating superstitious demons. They are Obamas legacy. The very people that influenced his intellectual development. The mau mau are at the core of who this SOB is., but thier are no flies on the mau mau, all evil is the result of western imperialism.
Bill Ayers penning words for Obama has all the impact of a wet noodle, and Obama is happy for us to persue that angle of attack.
It puts us off the trail of what's really going on. The systematic destruction of the western world by a vicious lot of despots who know how to foment anger in the masses for thier own gain.
Read Robert Ruarks "Something Of Value" about the Mau Mau uprising.
Very interesting, thank you.
The drip drip drip of a few new twists often accumulates into the bigger story.
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