Round the Bend at The Corner, Part 2

Andy McCarthy has read Jack Cashill’s thoroughly incoherent but undeniably hilarious article in American Clinker Thinker which asks the question, “Who wrote Dreams From My Father?” and — being Andy McCarthy — he is alarmed:

There has been speculation about this which I’ve ignored, no doubt because there are enough policy reasons to oppose Barack Obama and I don’t want to feed into what sounds, at first blush, like Vince Fosteresque paranoia.  But I’ve finally read Jack Cashill’s lengthy analysis in The American Thinker. It is thorough, thoughtful, and alarming — particularly his deconstruction of the text in Obama’s memoir and comparison to the themes, sophistication and signature phraseology of Bill Ayers’ memoir.

There is nothing in Obama’s scant paper trail prior to 1995 that would suggest something as stylish and penetrating as, at times, Dreams from My Father is.  And when Obama speaks extemporaneously, one doesn’t hear the same voice one encounters in the book.  Now maybe Obama has a backlog of writing fom Columbia or Harvard that signal great literary promise, but he not only hasn’t shared it, he’s assiduously hidden traces of it.  And, to be sure, writing is different from speaking — in fairness, some of Obama’s off-the-cuff bumbling when he speaks is certainly due to the rigors of the campaign which would cause even the most gifted communicator to faulter from time to time.  But it’s not unreasonable to expect more similarity between Obama the writer and Obama the orator.

Cashill’s “analysis” can be summed up as follows: “How could a dumb n****r have written anything as good as this?” Here are the first few paragraphs:

Prior to 1990, when Barack Obama contracted to write Dreams From My Father, he had written very close to nothing.  Then, five years later, this untested 33 year-old produced what Time Magazine has called — with a straight face — “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.”

The public is asked to believe Obama wrote Dreams From My Father on his own, almost as though he were some sort of literary idiot savant.  I do not buy this canard for a minute, not at all.  Writing is as much a craft as, say, golf.  To put this in perspective, imagine if a friend played a few rounds in the high 90s and then a few years later, without further practice, made the PGA Tour.  It doesn’t happen.

And yet, given the biases of the literary establishment, no reviewer of note has so much as questioned Obama’s role in the writing, then or now. As the New York Times gushed, Obama was “that rare politician who can write . . . and write movingly and genuinely about himself.”  These accolades matter all the more because Obama has built his political persona around his presumably superior intellect, Dreams being exhibit A.

Shy of a confession by those involved, I will not be able to prove conclusively that Obama did not write this book.  As shall be seen, however, there are only two real possibilities: one is that Obama experienced a near miraculous turnaround in his literary abilities; the second is that he had major editorial help, up to and including a ghostwriter.

The weight of the evidence overwhelming favors the latter conclusion and strongly suggests who that ghostwriter is. …

There is no serious way to respond to this; one can only have fun with it:

Andy McCarthy at The Corner — Did Obama Write “Dreams from My Father” … Or Did Ayers?

That’s a good one. But, y’know what? We can play this game, too. Take this sentence –

Did [name] [action] [object]?Then, choose one item from each of the lists below to fill in the blanks and make your own stupid headline!

For example, if you took the first item in each list, your headline would be

Did George W. Bush [bleep] Sarah Palin’s secret lover?Now, try it yourself!


  1. George W. Bush
  2. Dick “the Dick” Cheney
  3. John McCain
  4. Sarah Palin
  5. The ghost of Ronald Reagan


  1. [bleep]
  2. feed mooseburgers to
  3. lie about
  4. suppress news of
  5. put a voodoo curse on


  1. Sarah Palin’s secret lover
  2. the doll that says “Islam is the light”
  3. an unidentified corpse in Bill O’Reilly’s bedroom
  4. Barack Obama’s real birth certificate
  5. Communist agents in the State Department

Have fun!

Publius discovers that the truth is even more shocking than McCarthy thinks:

Andy McCarthy has a major scoop today — he suggests that Bill Ayers not only knows Obama, but that he actually wrote Obama’s book. I was understandably skeptical that Ayers would ghostwrite a book about growing up fatherless and black in a white community, but then I thought — when has McCarthy ever been wrong?

So, I scanned a full text of Dreams of My Father through a program I hacked up here — the iPublius © — that compares a scanned text with the existing writings of others. The program identifies ghostwriters by analyzing similar “themes, sophistication and signature phraseology.” The results from the iPublius revealed a far darker story than even McCarthy describes. It’s not merely that Obama let Ayres write a chapter of his book, he let lots of other people write other chapters. Here’s the list of authors according to the iPublius:

Preface — Barack ObamaChpt. 1 — Bill Ayers

Chpt. 2 — Jeremiah Wright

Chpt. 3 — Larry Johnson (ed. — That one surprised me).

Chpt. 4 — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Chpt. 5 — Billy Mitchell (slimy cheat from King of Kong)

Chpt. 6 — Karl Marx (posthumously)

Chpt. 7 — Darth Vader

Chpt. 8 — The gorilla from Donkey Kong

Chpt. 9 — Eric Martin

Chpt. 10 — Hamas Q. Muslimman (a Buddhist, ironically)

Chpt. 11 — the New Deal

Chpt. 12 — Gary Farber

This is an absolute outrage — and I commend McCarthy for getting to the bottom of it.

4 Responses to “Round the Bend at The Corner, Part 2”

  1. tas says:

    The fact that the Corner is suggesting that Ayers wrote Obama’s book.. Without any proof, at all…

    I mean, Jesus Christ on a [blank]. First the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal — which might still have remnants of journalism left at it — can’t find any substantial connections between Obama and Ayers. Then the NY Times can’t, either, when the so-called “liberal media” takes a crack. Fox News harps on conspiracies but they produce pundit talk and no actual news; the Moonie Times hasn’t found anything substantial. When the harbingers of conservative media having nothing besides tin foil hat conspiracies, that should say volumes about the “story” itself — except of course, for the radical right. Who would lick shit off a shingle if told it would help prevent a Democratic presidency.

    Between this and trying to impeach Clinton for a couple of blowjobs, I have no doubt that these fucking cretins are insane.

  2. DrGail says:

    That someone would get around to questioning Obama’s authorship of his book(s) does not surprise me in the slightest. Anything to cast doubt on him. Anything at all.

    That they would actually attempt to make an apparently-serious attempt to demonstrate that Bill Ayers actually wrote the book is hi-freaking-larious!

    My goodness, being on the side of the candidate with a hearty lead in the polls is sure a lot of fun, isn’t it?

  3. Tim says:

    Writing is a little like a fingerprint and Ayers’ are all over Dreams. One of the most obvious is that both “authors” tell stories of being in the exact spot on the Hudson River where the river flows upstream due to the tides! What are the chances of this alone? And the list goes on and on so read the article.

    According to Obama and Ayers’ neighbor Rashid Khalidi, “Bill [Ayers] was particularly generous in letting me use his family’s dining room table to do some writing.” This quote was in the acknowledgment section of Khalidi book, Resurrecting Empire.

    In other words, Ayers is a guy who is known to help writers in his neighborhood. Obama was struggling to write his book and suddenly produced something Time magazine called “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.” Do some critical thinking!

  4. Tim says:

    By the way the Obama camp could shut this down by producing some intermediary sign of impending greatness — a school paper, an article, a notebook, his Columbia thesis, his LSAT scores. There’s a reason you will never know Obama’s LSAT score.

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