Did Bill Ayers “Ghostwrite” Barack Obama’s First Memoir?
And if he did -- how does this jibe with "he's a guy who lives in my neighborhood"?
Jack Cashill is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and novelist who has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine and The Weekly Standard. He is a regular contributor to WorldNet Daily.
Cashill has done an exhaustive comparison of Dreams From My Father, the literary coming-out party of Barack Obama, and Fugitive Days, the terrorist memoir of Weatherman founder – turned Academician William Ayers. The two memoirs bear such striking similarities that they appear to have been written by the same person.
Since it is highly unlikely that Sen Barack Obama wrote both, the obvious conclusion would be that Ayers worked closely with Obama in ghostwriting the latter’s book. This would seem to put a lie to the fact that Sen Obama hardly knew Ayers, but would suggest, along with the other mounting evidence that the two had a long-standing and obviously close relationship.
The following is a brief excerpt from Fugitive Days by William Ayers.
“I picture the street coming alive, awakening from the fury of winter, stirred from the chilly spring night by cold glimmers of sunlight angling through the city.”
The following is a similar poetic excerpt from Dreams From My Father by Sen Barack Obama.
“Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds.”
The similarities in image and language is striking. Interestingly enough, when comparing the speech patterns of the two individuals — a very telling indication of literary style — both excerpts sound like William Ayers, while neither excerpt sounds in any way like the vocal patterns of Sen Barack Obama.
This is something that might not be noted by the casual reader, or speech watcher. But the way that people write is almost always identifiable to the way that they speak.
Readers of my own ramblings have pointed out that I often write in long, clause heavy sentences, with much punctuation and disconnected thoughts. Interestingly enough, when engaged in discussion, I speak in exactly the same manner. Barack Obama never speaks in the same manner as his first memoir — which is suspect in itself.
I bought Bill Ayers’ 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days, for reasons unrelated to this project. As I discovered, he writes surprisingly well and very much like “Obama.” In fact, my first thought was that the two may have shared the same ghostwriter. Unlike Dreams, however, where the high style is intermittent, Fugitive Days is infused with the authorial voice in every sentence. What is more, when Ayers speaks, even off the cuff, he uses a cadence and vocabulary consistent with his memoir. One does not hear any of Dreams in Obama’s casual speech.
There is much more at Did William Ayers Write Barack Obama’s First Memoir? with greater detail. I recommend that you read the entire piece and that this story needs to go viral across the internet. I believe we call this a “smoking gun.”