There is a great new video out there that sums up the research regarding Bill Ayer's role in writing Dreams from My Father, President Obama's first published book.
As someone who knew the real, young Barack Obama, I have always thought there was a big gap between the lazy, sloppy-thinking, average intellect I met through friends at Occidental College between 1980 and 1981 and the rabid, aggressive guy who cannot be comfortable around white people presented in Obama's first book.
For my quick review of Jack Cashill's book, Deconstructing Obama, click here. I bought a copy of Deconstructing Obama. It should be required reading in any class on contemporary politics. I was amazed to learn that in Christopher Andersen's book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of An American Marriage, Andersen reported that Michelle Obama was the person who encouraged Barack Obama to turn to Bill Ayers for help when he got behind in writing Dreams from My Father.
The bottom line, for me, is that we have a President who has led us into a terrible economy which left my wife looking for a new job for over two years. Obama is an intellectual lightweight who does not understand that his policies are frightening off investors and leading the U.S. into a frightening future of poverty and intensified social conflict.
The young Obama I knew was a devoted Marxist socialist, surrounded by other revolutionary Marxist socialists who were expecting a coming revolution along the lines of what happened in Russia or China. It was never a stretch for me to imagine that the radical extremist I knew at Occidental College would be a good fit with American's number one unrepentant terrorist - Bill Ayers.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.