I have always put the people who said that domestic terrorist Bill Ayers helped to write President Obama’s book Dreams From My Father in the same category as “truthers.” I was wrong and I apologize.
In the new book, “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage,Journalist Christopher Andersen has blown a huge hole in the story that Obama wrote the book alone.
Relying on inside sources Andersen describes how “Dreams” came to be published. Anderson says that Obama had a bad case of writers block and after three years decided that he could not honor deliver the book and would have to repay the $150,000 Simon & Schuster had given him. The problem was the future President had spent $75,000 of the advance. In 1993, the publisher canceled the contract but let Obama keep the money after he plead poverty due to “massive student loan debt.”
Obama tried again and got a smaller contract with the Times Books division of Random House, with a new deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”
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 interviewed a Hyde Park neighbor who said, “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.”
But wait…I thought he was “Just a Guy From the Neighborhood”
Andersen says, “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….Thanks to help from the veteran writer Ayers, Barack would be able to submit a manuscript to his editors at Times Books.” Source
On Hannity night, Anderson describes Barack’s closeness with Bill Ayers and Michelle’s closeness with Jeremiah Wright.