Cross-posted at Nice Deb
Ayers is just the latest of a long string of lefties talking up revolution. That barely qualifies as news, these days.
But then, Ayers seemed to validate Jack Cashill’s thesis about him writing Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father. He closed by saying the same odd thing he said to Ann Leary in that coffee shop at Reagan International, October 2009; “if you can prove it, we can split the royalties.” The audience clearly believed he was joking…
Video via Jack Cashill at The American Thinker:
With his final comment, the Ayers-friendly audience laughed in relief. The media will laugh nervously upon seeing the video as well.
The White House will not.Barack Obama knows what I know and what the people who have read my book, “Deconstructing Obama,” know: Bill Ayers is the principal craftsman behind Dreams. The evidence is overwhelming.
Over at Uncommon Misconceptions, Geoff isn’t buying it: William Ayers Didn’t Affirm Squat
But when I watch the video, it’s clear that Ayers didn’t “retreat into irony.” His statement that he wrote the book was a calculated jab at Cashill: he was ironic from the start, and continued that vein until the session ended. Everybody in the audience took it the same way, laughing at the claims because they think Cashill’s out to lunch.
Except Cashill isn’t “out to lunch”. At all. He’s a reputable research journalist, documentarian, and author of numerous excellent books. His research is solid, and corroborated by Christopher Anderson, another author who wrote a book sympathetic to the Obama’s, “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage”:
According to Andersen, Obama was “hopelessly blocked” in his effort to honor the $150,000 contract Simon & Schuster had advanced him after three years of trying.
Obama was particularly worried because he had spent $75,000 of the advance and had produced nothing. In 1993, the publisher canceled the contract but let Obama keep the money after he pled poverty due to “massive student loan debt.”
After his agent secured Obama a smaller contract with the Times Books division of Random House, Barack and Michelle decamped to Bali in the hope that he would be able to finish the book without interruption. That did not happen either.
With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”
To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, “These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers.”
Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor: “Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both.”
Andersen continues, “In the end, Ayers’ 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 Ayerss own writing.”
To his credit, Andersen cites my contribution to his research, but he clearly has access to inside information that I did not have. His level of detail on the mechanics of the transmission goes beyond anything I could have discovered on my own.
Andersen concludes, “Thanks to help from the veteran writer Ayers, Barack would be able to submit a manuscript to his editors at Times Books.”
Cashill has proven his case, already. Ayers wrote the damn book.
Leftists lie and misdirect as a matter of course. Geoff should know that. Ayers is having lots of fun with this issue, tweaking both his political enemies, and the ingrate in the White House at the same time.
Just by way of further explanation: Ayers has a history of peevishly disseminating inconvenient truths. For about two seconds, right after the 2008 election, I had thought that maybe Ayers was an honest commie, because he had come out and admitted his friendship with the Obamas, calling them, “family friends”:
Golly gee willickers what’s up with this? The Chicago Tribune reports:
In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.
Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, adds few new details about his relationship with Obama in the afterword to Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist. The book is being reissued this month.
“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends
But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.
Of course, this turned out to be a massive blunder on Ayers’ part because the Obama administration had been hotly contesting allegations that they were friends with the Ayers’ for most of the past year. According to Obama’s “Fight the Smears” campaign jokesite, he and Ayers were merely passing acquaintances who happened to work on a board together. Even without Ayers’ friendship claim, we knew that to be complete BS based on the extensive evidence to the contrary that had accumulated.
Anyway, within 24 hours, Ayers had completely changed his story:
Note the unbelievably tortured explanation of his Obama as “family friend” characterization:
“I’m talking there about the fact that I became an issue unwittingly and unwillingly in the campaign and I decided that I didn’t want to answer any of it at that moment because it was such a profoundly dishonest narrative, but…I’m describing there, uh, how the blogosphere characterized the relationship. I would say…uh…really that we knew each other in a professional way, uh, again, on the same level as thousands of other people … uh, and I am a guy from around the neighborhood, incidentally.”
Wow. I take back what I said about him being a straight shooter. Talk about “profoundly dishonest”.
Also note how the event at his home that he had previously described as a fundraiser, and where he actually donated money to Obama, has become just a small “coffee”, per the Fight the Smears talking points.
Yeah, I’m taking Cashill’s side over this lying “small c communist’s”.
“uh, and I am a guy from around the neighborhood, incidentally.”
Was Ayers mocking Obama, there? Obama had famously made a similar statement in the Democratic Presidential Debate, April 16, 2008:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you explain that (Ayers) relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?
OBAMA: George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about. This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.
Again with the strange dichotomy. Ayers could be tweaking Obama, or he could be tweaking the right wing blogosphere, who made tons of hay over that quote.
“And you know that I wrote it (the book), incidentally?”
Cross-posted at Nice Deb