TEST SHOWS AYERS PENNED OBAMA’S MEMOIRS
As I have contended in previous articles, there is considerable and growing evidence that Bill Ayers made a significant contribution to Obama‘s “Dreams from My Father.”
Among other indicators, I have cited the stunning parallels in nautical metaphors and postmodern themes, as well as the nearly miraculous transformation of Obama from struggling hack to literary giant in just a few years.
On Friday evening I received a welcome call from a member of Congress who has found the evidence as convincing as I have and has intervened to have writing samples tested through a university-based authorship program.
Although no such program is fully reliable, all preliminary comparisons that I have run have tested positive.
Two comparable nature passages – from “Dreams” and Ayers’ memoir, “Fugitive Day,” respectively – scored very nearly identically on the Flesch Reading Ease test.
On sentence length, a significant and telling variable, 30-sentence sequences from “Dreams” and “Fugitive Days,” each dealing with “community organizing,” scored very nearly identically again, “Fugitive Days” averaging 23.13 words a sentence and “Dreams” averaging 23.36 words a sentence.
By contrast, the memoir section of my own book about race, “Sucker Punch,” averaged 15 words a sentence and tested significantly higher than either book on the Flesch Reading Ease test.
I also tested verb repetition in all three books, using as a base the first 60 distinctive verbs in “Fugitive Days.” In “Dreams,” an eye-popping 55 of those verbs appear. In “Sucker Punch,” 37 do, this despite the fact that I am closer in age and education to Ayers than Obama is.
Ayers’ involvement in Obama’s memoir is not nearly as improbable as it might sound. Ayers served as something of a literary guru for his radical Hyde Park neighbors in Chicago.
Rashid Khalidi attests to this in the very first sentence of the acknowledgements in his 2004 book, “Resurrecting Empire.”
“There are many people without whose support and assistance I could not have written this book, or written it in the way that it was written,” he writes. “First, chronologically, and in other ways, comes Bill Ayers.”
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