I didn’t paid much heed to Jack Cashill’s post last fall where he finds “evidence” making Bill Ayers “a much more likely candidate than [Barack] Obama to have written the best parts of” the latter’s best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The notion just seemed too far-fetched.
I did read the piece, but thought it far too speculative to rely upon it as proving that Ayers ghostwrote the President’s memoir. I return to it now, only because information has come forward suggesting that that radical may have helped the President with his book. Cashill has since, in the word of Ronald Radosh who wrote about this last month, “played literary detective,” uncovering
. . . strange similarities in the metaphors used in both Ayers’ Fugitive Days and in Obama’s Dreams. One of them [Cashill’s contributors] found 759 striking similarities. Cashill found one of his contributor’s analysis to be “systematic, comprehensive, and utterly, totally, damning.” You can read his article and judge for yourself.
And now, Cashill picked up the new bestseller about Obama and his wife, Christopher Andersen’s Barack and Michelle:Portrait of an American Marriage. What he found simply threw him for a loop because, I suspect, it was the last thing Cashill expected to find. Andersen writes in his book that after Obama finally got a new contract to write a book, Michelle Obama suggested that her husband get advice “from his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”
Chancing upon the unrepentant terrorist while passing through Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport on Monday, blogress Anne Leary heard him confirm that suggestion:
Then, unprompted he said–I wrote Dreams From My Father. I said, oh, so you admit it. He said–Michelle asked me to.
Patterico asks the question that came to my mind when first I read the story: “Sarcasm?” The blogress herself asked Ayers if he were pulling her leg. Wondering if the President will deny Ayers’ accusation, blogging law professor William A. Jacobson asks “Was Bill Ayers just causing some trouble with a tall tale sure to get people talking, or telling the truth to a stranger to get it off his chest?”
I don’t know which is the truth, but suspect the former. Still, you gotta wonder if the President (or his flacks) will be asked to deny the accusation. And since the issue of the authorship goes to the President’s credibility,* you’d think more than just conservative bloggers would be considering it.
*If Ayers did indeed help write Dreams, then he and Obama certainly had a closer relationship than the President has acknowledged.