When the real message of ‘Dreams from My Father’ becomes clear.
And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.
That was former president Barack Obama last week after the DOJ dropped the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who had not been “charged with perjury,” or anything else. The FBI set up Flynn in a perjury trap, with threats against his family, and that violated both institutional norms and the rule of law. The 44th president set up the whole thing in a January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting with FBI boss James Comey, vice president Joe Biden, CIA boss John Brennan, and other administration officials. This revelation created a stir, but it’s really old news.
“POTUS wants to know everything we are doing,” Lisa Page texted to Peter Strzok, the FBI factotum in the campaign against candidate and President Trump. To keep that operation going once Trump took office, POTUS needed to take down Flynn. The January 5 meeting was key but in May of 2017 a bigger bombshell would explode.
‘Dreams from My Father’ was not a memoir or an autobiography; it was instead, in multitudinous ways, without any question a work of historical fiction. It featured many true-to-life figures and a bevy of accurately described events that indeed had occurred, but it employed the techniques and literary license of a novel, and its most important composite character was the narrator himself.
This was the judgement of POTUS 44’s official biographer David Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed author of Bearing the Cross, The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr. and other books. Garrow let his subject preview the manuscript of Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama and it’s easy to see why the president maintained strong disagreements with the account.
Dreams from My Father was a novel, and Garrow was on to the composite authorship. On page 1049 of Rising Star, an unidentified reporter explains, “The whole Obama narrative is built around this narrative that Obama and David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it’s not entirely true.” The president’s official biographer also explained why the former Barry Soetoro needed a new narrative.
Dreams from My Father devotes more than 2,000 words to “Frank,” a happy-drunk poet and counselor. In Rising Star, Garrow correctly identified “Frank” as Frank Marshall Davis, an African American Communist who spent most of his life defending all-white Stalinist dictatorships. As Garrow explained, “Davis’ Communist background plus his kinky exploits made him politically radioactive,” so if Barry was to become a political player, Frank had to go.
In the best Stalinist tradition, Frank disappeared from the audio version of Dreams, and did not appear in the 2006 The Audacity of Hope. In similar style, Frank does not appear in The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House, released in 2018 by Iran deal promoter Ben Rhodes, or in Michelle Obama’s 2018 Becoming. Also missing in both books is David Garrow’s Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. The author, doubtless under pressure from the former president, is now changing his tune.
In “Obama’s Airbrushed Dreams,” in the March 2020 edition of The Critic, Garrow transforms Dreams from My Father back into a legitimate memoir and autobiography. For further research, see Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Yes I Con: United Fakes of America. And adapt what the former president said last week.
There is “no precedent” for a composite character with a bogus autobiography becoming president of the United States, yet it happened in 2008, and again in 2012. There was no precedent for an outgoing president to deploy deep state operators to support his chosen successor and attack her opponent, yet in 2016 the composite character did just that.
In similar style, there was no precedent for an outgoing president tasking the FBI to target a National Security Advisor with a perjury trap to destroy his life and reputation. In 2017, the composite character sprung that trap, and in 2020 he tricks it out with the lie that Flynn was charged with perjury. And if you like your plan, you can keep it.
What the FBI did to Flynn was a violation of institutional norms and the rule of law, but as Sebastian Gorka noted on Saturday, “as of this writing, not one person has been charged with any crime connected to the FBI’s use of its enormous power for political purposes. Not one. Not Comey, not Strzok, not McCabe, not Lynch. No one.” So maybe the composite character’s transformation of America is the new normal going forward.
Back in 2016, his chosen successor was former First Lady Hillary Clinton. In 2020, he endorses his former vice president Joe Biden, so one might say the composite character is still on the ballot.
As November 3 approaches, look for more lies and obfuscation from the former president whose own biographer proclaimed him a composite character in the historical fiction of Dreams from My Father. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.