It’s rather strange that Obama’s composite girlfriend matches Bill Ayers’s real one

Much is being made of the fact that it’s finally becoming big news that Obama, in Dreams From My Father, “compressed” a girlfriend. That is, he’s acknowledged in his book that some people referenced in the book were “composites.” It’s just that no one realized that at least one of the girlfriends who got a lot of airtime in the book was one of those compressions.

What’s equally interesting is the fact that this composite, who is supposedly an amalgam of many Obama girlfriends, perfectly matches Bill Ayres’ 1960s-era girlfriend:

As I have argued from textual analysis, and as Andersen has confirmed from his own reporting, Obama had help with the book. As Andersen tells it, after four futile years of trying to finish the contracted book, a “hopelessly blocked” Obama delivered his family’s “oral histories, along with his partial manuscript and a trunkload of notes” to “friend and neighbor” Ayers for a major overhaul.


Any number of incidents in Dreams recall Homer’s Odyssey. In his quest, Obama encounters blind seers, lotus-eaters, the “ghosts” of the underworld, whirlpools, a half-dozen sundry “demons,” and even a menacing one-eyed bald man. These encounters likely run the full range of stylistic possibilities from verifiable fact to artful shaping to pure invention.

The mystery woman recalls the temptress Circe. Like Obama’s unnamed girlfriend, Circe lives in a “splendid house” on “spacious grounds.” She too wants her lover, Odysseus, to stay forever. Like Obama, Odysseus has shared his bed with this alien seductress for one year. But her world can never be his.

“You god-driven man,” Odysseus’s mates warn him, “now the time has come to think about your native land once more, if you are fated to be saved and reach your high-roofed home and your own country” (Ian Johnston translation).

If Obama’s friend nicely fills the Circe role, then she is almost surely grounded in the real-life person of Diana Oughton, Ayers’ lover who was killed in a 1970 Greenwich Village bomb factory blast. Ayers was obsessed with Oughton. In Fugitive Days, he fixes on her in ways that had to discomfit the woman that he eventually married, their fellow traveler in the Weather Underground, Bernardine Dohrn.

Physically, the woman of Obama’s memory, with her “dark hair, and specks of green in her eyes,” evokes images of Oughton. As her FBI files attest, Oughton had brown hair and green eyes. The two women share similar family backgrounds as well. In fact, they seem to have grown up on the very same estate.

According to a Time Magazine article written soon after her death, Oughton “brought Bill Ayers and other radicals” to the family homestead in Dwight, Illinois. There, “she would talk politics with her father, defending the revolutionary’s approach to social ills.”

The main house on the Oughton estate, a twenty-room Victorian mansion, was built by Oughton’s father’s grandfather. Formally known as the John R. Oughton House, it was placed on the national historic register in 1980. Despite forty years of encroaching development since Oughton’s death, aerial photos show the Oughton estate (103 South Street) with a small lake in the middle and a thick ring of trees around it, very much like the estate in Dreams.

I mean, what are the odds that you’d combine a whole lot of different women in your life, and then come up with Bill Ayers’ girlfriend? Maybe this peculiar coincidence is just the random effect of too many drugs in Obama’s system, but somehow I doubt it.

[Note: I decided what I posted originally was too rough, so I’ve gone back and fleshed this post out a little.]

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  • Ymarsakar

    Back before 2008’s elections, I was talking with Grim Beorn of Blackfive 5 concerning red case scenarios (such as the federal government allowing by direct or indirect commission attacks on various US military bases and their civilian dependent housing) that two names came up frequently; George Soros and William Ayers. I touted the money funding and logistics of Soros, which in connection with Bill Ayers’ revolutionary ideals and operations, needed to be stopped before things would go beyond a Critical Point. Grim took a different view, where he said that these “revolutionaries” are past their hey day and have abdicated the revolutionary path if only because they have no further adherents to carry on the torch. At the time, of course, that looked to be true… until Obama’s connections to Ayers came out AFTER he was elected. Until George Soros’ creation of the housing crash in 2008 came out AFTER the crash happened and the elections were over.

    Now a days, Soros and Ayers just being “American citizens” using their “right of free speech” to say what they want… doesn’t look so peachy, now does it.

     I was asked then to provide one student that Ayers produced that was revolutionary in zeal and temperament. I had no name at the time. Now I do: that name is called Obama.

     See what tends to happen when people don’t want to face the truth? How do you think the Left came to power? Because people were aware of their evil or because people weren’t aware of their evil? Were they not aware because of true ignorance or because they didn’t do the work of finding out the truth? And if people so well connected to American military values as Grim B is, still thought such things in 2008, what hope did the nation truly have in fighting off Leftist totalitarian power grabs? No hope at all. Which is why we ended up here, now isn’t it. Because people with the power didn’t want to use that power to do anything effective about the Left. They just left the problem alone. Because they thought it was harmless. Like many people thought about Islam before 9/11. Harmless. Just a bunch of nutters blowing up embassies and US ships overseas, of no real threat to the political heartland of America. Those individuals that said otherwise, were either ostracized or made fun of and put into the loony bin.

     True war and true revolution will put paid to the ephemeral delusions and illusions of humanity. 

  • Charles Martel

    “In Fugitive Days, he fixes on her in ways that had to discomfit the woman that he eventually married, their fellow traveler in the Weather Underground, Bernardine Dohrn.”
    Nah. In her days underground, Dohrn raged with the rest of her sociopathic cohort against monogamy and bourgeois love. If anything, she’s treated Bill to a coupla dozen cuckoldings over the past few decades just to keep driving home the point.
    Besides, Bill’s everlasting torch for Diana puts Dohrn right where she wants to be: in a position of power as she endlessly lambasts the poor guy for such reactionary sentiments.

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  • Mike Devx

    So Obama’s autobiography way written by Ayers. Seems clear now.  Ghost-written. But he wouldn’t be the first.  JFK’s war memoirs were ghost-written.  But part of Obama’s claim to fame is that he’s so very, very intelligent and his supporters point to his wonderful, wonderful books.  But they’re not his.  (And they’re NOT wonderful…)

    But now we have a made-up girlfriend.  The explanation?  She is a “composite character”.  Among people with integrity, such a thing in an autobiography used to have a different name: It was called a lie.

    But these days, anything goes, I guess.  Let’s give the Great Deceiver yet another pass. These are strange, strange days for America.  A lie is no longer a lie.

  • Mike Devx

    Does anyone know if we have the first and last names of any former girlfriend of Obama’s that IS supposedly real?

    This is just another wrinkle in the very mysterious early adult years of Barack Obama.  So much information is sealed, and so much we simply don’t know.

    This article does a good job laying out the mystery surrounding his years at Columbia U.  This highly charismatic young fellow… and NO ONE, not one person, has stepped forward to claim to remember him.  Isn’t that utterly bizarre?  Doesn’t it fly in the face of all common sense?  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… and there sure does seem to be a lot of smoke.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Devx, some have come forward stating that they still have Obama’s letters to them.

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar, do you have any links, any further information?  That they have letters from him is fine, but I’m looking for information on people who spent time with him during those days.  Saw him on campus, participated with him in a study group… anything.

  • Ymarsakar

    Maybe if you research here, you can find more info. 

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