Book Review

by Carolyn Dane

Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President
by Jack Cashill

Lots of shockers here; I read it in a day (300 pages) because I was so enthralled with the untangling of all the lies that make up the liberal myth of Obama. The largest, most damaging piece of fraud is the virtual certainty that Bill Ayers (the unrepentant radical, formerly of the Weather Underground, who regrets not throwing more bombs) ghost-wrote all or nearly all of Obama's first book, Dreams from my Father.

Radical as Ayers is, he is also a fine writer, teacher of writing, and "book doctor." If you are someone who is a stickler for correct grammar, who admires skillful writing and critiques bad writing, Cashill will convince you, unless of course your mind is completely closed to criticism of Obama. The Obamanauts have managed to keep the Ayers connection well hidden, with the bulk of the relationship under wraps, like an iceberg with only the tip showing above the surface. Equally hidden is Obama's relationship with his mentor Frank Marshall Davis, a devout Communist of the Stalinist camp, also noted for his poetry, photography, and pornography.

Interesting questions are also raised about the dates and purposes of Obama's travels, his intimate relationships, his paternity itself, and his mother's travels and relationships. I found the revelations and speculations shocking but not terribly surprising, since Obama is far more mysterious than any other POTUS. His grades, SAT and LSAT scores, friends at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard, transcripts, mother's marriage license and divorce decree are either destroyed or sealed away where they can't be made public.

I knew nothing about Cashill when I started this book, but his other work is going on my to-read list.

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