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This is rich. This guy writes a second hand account of an alleged conversation conservative blogger Anne Dreary had with Bill Ayers in an airport. The article begins with some cheap comments about Ayers’ personal appearance and moves into a dialogue which sounds more like a badly written noir film dialog, where basically Ms. Dreary insults Ayers and Ayers then rewards her with a confession.
Ayers was in Washington, he told her, for a conference on education.
“That’s what I do, education,” he said. “You shouldn’t believe everything you hear about me… You know nothing about me.”
To which she responded, “I said, I know plenty–I’m from Chicago, a conservative blogger, and I’ll post this.”
I bet his heart skipped a beat on that one.
But he didn’t scowl, and didn’t run off as he has been known to do. Instead, unprompted, he blurted out: “I wrote ‘Dreams From My Father… Michelle asked me to.” Then he added “And if you can prove it we can split the royalties.”
Anne responded, “Stop pulling my leg!”
But he repeated insistently, “I wrote it, the wording was similar [to Ayers' other writing.]“
Anne responded, “I believe you probably heavily edited it.”
Ayers stated firmly, “I wrote it.”
Anne ended the conversation by saying “why would I believe you? You’re a liar.”
Good for her. But we are left to wonder. Despite her parting shot, Anne was convinced Ayers was in earnest. He was making a public statement. He wanted this news out there.
Of course, assuming there’s any truth to the story, anyone with an IQ above 50 can figure out what was most likely happening. Even Anne had a sense of it. This author seems ready to integrate the story into his narrative at the expense of all common sense.
See, what they left out of the story was that Rev. Wright also collaborated in the book. The editing was actually done by ACORN workers and the whole thing was financed by the Kenyan government.
I confess however, even that’s not the real truth. As loathe as I am to admit it, I wrote Obama’s book. If you can help me prove it, I’ll share the royalties with you.
Of course, I really want the story out there. First thing I’m going to do is tell my story to a second rate conservative blogger whom I’ve never met except by chance meeting in an airport. Especially if she calls me a liar.
They will be speaking at Northtown Books in Arcata tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Apparently they have a cabin here and spend time every summer. It seems that back in the 1970s when they were on the run they spent some time on northern California rural property. Makes sense.
A very thoughtful discussion. Man, I’m looking forward to the Matthews/Specter Senate race in a couple of years!
This Kos blogger would like to see a debate between Ayers and fellow ex-Weathermen Mark Rudd on the historical impact of their decisions. I’d go out of my way to watch such a discussion, reminiscent of the “yippie vs. yuppie” debates of the 1980s between Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin.
My yard work plans having been frustrated by the weather, I have a little time this morning. I’ll be posting some notes. I think it’s probably over, but Clinton appears to be hitting back. But Hendrick Hertzberg of the New Yorker notes:
“Going negative” has been a bust. It could never be anything but a bust, because there is no audience for it in the Democratic Party… Barack Obama is a phenomenon that comes along once in a lifetime. Unfortunately for Hillary, it’s her lifetime; fortunately for the rest of us, it’s ours.
More as I find it.
Update: There’s a break in the rain. I’m going for it! Be back later.
Addendum: Whether it’s Clinton, McCain, or the media in general – somebody is desperately looking for something negative to stick to Obama. The memes so far have been his Muslim connections, Rezko, inexperience, and plagiarism. Now they’re pushing the unpatriotic theme. It turns out that he failed to put his hand on his heart for the National Anthem one time, he didn’t wear a flag button, and his wife wasn’t proud of America until recently. Oh, and Bill Ayers, former Weathermen, donated 200 dollars to his campaign.
I guess the question is whether he can withstand the heat. Clinton’s argument is that she has taken the worst the right wing noise machine has to offer and is still standing. Obama’s untested.
But the paper said that, in a statement, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, William Burton, said, “Sen. Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence … But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost 40 years ago is ridiculous.”
And by the way, he also strongly condemns the sinking of the Maine and the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby.
For what it’s worth, the polls have Obama surging to a statistical tie in Texas. She still clinging to a moderate lead in Ohio. In the other two states deciding a week from Tuesday, Obama is well out in front in Vermont and behind in Rhode Island.