Obama’s multiple public personas are unraveling
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What Does ‘Composite Girl’ Tell Us About Obama?
By Jack Cashill
Within hours after Dylan Byers of Politico created a mini-firestorm on Wednesday with the article titled “Obama: ‘New York girlfriend’ was composite,” David Graham of the Atlantic had all but smothered the flames with his article, “Obama’s Composite Girlfriend: How Politico and Drudge Created Fake News.”
Graham argued that since Obama owned up to using composite characters in the forward of the book in question, his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, there was nothing shady about the practice. Not surprisingly, Graham overlooked the real problem. So did Byers. So did veteran Washington Post reporter David Maraniss, whose forthcoming book, Obama: The Story, ignited the controversy when it was excerpted in Vanity Fair. No, the real problem with Dreams is the inexcusable dishonesty throughout the book. The promiscuous use of composites is merely a symptom of the larger problem.
With the help of his muse and co-author, Bill Ayers, Obama wove a series of racial grievances into the narrative to toughen up Obama’s life story. These stories aren’t “compressed,” as Obama claims. They are contrived. In his own memoir, Fugitive Days, Ayers likewise shows a casual disdain for facts. “Is this then the truth?” he asks. “Not exactly. Although it feels entirely honest to me.” When lesser memoirists do the same — James Frey of A Million Little Pieces fame comes quickly to mind — they get trashed on national TV by Oprah.
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