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Further Evidence that Obama Didn’t Write His First Book Alone

John on August 30, 2011 at 6:37 am

I know this is considered a conspiracy theory by the left and I guess that’s fair enough, but this is one I find pretty convincing:

On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.

Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick’s biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker…

In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues,” wrote Obama, “I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that “merits … have.”  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.  He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times.

Clearly Obama wasn’t a writer circa 1990. Not to put too fine a point on it, but my 10-year-old daughter is a better writer than that (granted she’s the top reader in her grade, so that helps).

So the official story is that just four years after this horribly written letter, Obama wrote a modern masterpiece of autobiographical memoir. Fire does melt steel, and Obama was born in Hawaii, but awful writers don’t become great writers in a period of four years, especially not while carrying on the rest of their busy life. Someone gave Obama a lot of help on this book.

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