November 27, 2009
The founder of Times Books -- publisher of President Barack Obama's
autobiography Dreams From My Father -- Thomas Lipscomb recently
dropped a huge bomb on the Obama White House. Now a senior fellow at
the well-regarded Annenberg Center, Lipscomb contends that Obama's
story was actually ghostwritten by former terrorist and cop-killer
During the presidential campaign if asked how close he was with the
former bomb-maker for Weathermen, Obama would claim that Bill Ayers
was merely "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody
who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis."
But according to Lipscomb's Accuracy in Media report: "Obama had to
give up on a $150,000 Simon & Schuster contract because he couldn't
complete the manuscript, his sources were telling him Obama finally
had to bring in a ghostwriter to put together his highly praised
Dreams From My Father for Times Books. He had a million pieces of
tape, pictures, memos, notes, and no manuscript."
Unfortunately for Obama, he was caught at a July 10, 2008, meeting in
Fairfax, Virginia proudly saying the following: "I've written two
books. I actually wrote them myself."
While bloggers have posted stories alleging Obama's book is a
ghostwritten product, a noted journalist and best selling author of
33 books Christopher Andersen published a fascinating new
book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, a
fawning diatribe about America's First Family, that alleges
matter-of-factly that not only is Obama's book ghostwritten, but it
was ghostwritten by the former terrorist Bill Ayers.
Andersen states in his book: "Everyone knew [Obama and Ayers] were
friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no
secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."
"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 Ayers' own writing," according to Andersen's book.
The Accuracy in Media report and Anderson contend that these oral
histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes,
were given to Ayers.
"Even the caveat at the beginning of Dreams, in which Barack points
out that he uses invented dialogue, embellished facts, composite
characters, inaccurate chronology, and pseudonyms to create an
"approximation" of reality, resembles Ayers' defense of the
inaccuracies in his own memoir Fugitive Days," wrote Lipscomb.
"In the foreword to his book, Ayers states that the book is merely a
collection of his personal memories and "impressions." ... Thanks to
help from the veteran writer Ayers, Barack would be able to submit a
manuscript to his editors at Times Books," claims the AIM report.
"At the very least, Ayers should have been identified as a co-author.
But that would have brought too much attention to their relationship.
The truth must be made known," said Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media.