Emmett Tyrrell

Frankly, I would have advised our president to come clean about his bogus authorship years ago. Ayers is a decidedly shifty fellow and his wife, the former SDSer, Bernardine Dohrn, is worse. They were always spoiled university-bred radicals always expecting the republic to fall for their Marxist mumbo jumbo. Yet, America has never been very hospitable to the disciples of Papa Marx, much less when those disciples have pipe bombs in their hands. Now, at the end of a misspent life, Ayers suddenly anticipates yet another act. He will serve as a Saul Alinsky for the Millennials. He will write an updated "Rules for Radicals" with diagrams on how to disable mother's smartphone or how to hack into her bank account.

First, however, he needs to attract attention. My guess is that he will admit to having written Obama's best-selling "Dreams from My Father." He has suggested as much to the curious public. In October 2009, at Reagan National Airport, when asked if he had "edited" the book for his friend, Obama, he told a friend of mine that, in fact, "I wrote it." He explained that Michelle Obama had sought his help. In March 2011, during a question and answer session at Montclair State University, he admitted authorship of the book, saying: "Did you know I wrote it," and for emphasis he added "I wrote 'Dreams from My Father.'" Obama's friends in the media wrote all this off to sarcasm on Ayers' part. Obama still has a lot of friends in the media. Do you recall when Joe Klein yawped that "Dreams" "may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician"? Now they are tiring of covering for a president caught in the disaster of Obamacare.

At any rate, time is running out for Bill Ayers. He is showing himself to be desperate for his last act. If he is going to identify himself as the real writer of "Dreams from My Father," it is going to have to come pretty soon. His publisher, Beacon Press, seems to agree. In its promotion of "Dreams" on Amazon.com there appear these words: Ayers "finally 'confesses' that he did write 'Dreams from My Father.'" Well, good for him. However, I feel Ayers' last act will be futile. The lies of Obama may have begun with his literary product but they will end with Obamacare and soon. It is the true disaster.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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