The American Thinker blog represents a more literate smear vehicle than the usual birther web site. (The preceding sentence was not a smear; it was an insult). In a recent piece on Hawaii’s governor Abercrombie, the author, Jack Cashill, attempts to paint Abercrombie as someone trying create a parasitic relationship with Barack Obama, trying to gain a patina of celebrity by touting his (fictional?) relationship with the Obama family. At least that’s what the article, Will Obama Silence Blundering Abercrombie? might lead the weak-minded reader into thinking.
Early on the Cashill says:
Although the major media have questioned why Abercrombie would raise an issue that, according to the Los Angeles Times, “most people see as resolved,” they take Abercrombie at his word as to what he knows about the young Obama family.
The Thinker doesn’t tell us who is raising this question; it’s not a sentiment I personally have come across.
The Thinker article confuses the reader by conflating a visit to Washington State soon after Barack Obama was born with her enrollment in classes there the next January, leading the reader to jump to the wrong conclusion that Abercrombie could not have seen baby Obama at social events soon after his birth.
Some of the smears are a little less clever and really come across rather lame, such as this gem:
The 17-year-old Ann had met the 24 year-old Barack Sr. in Russian class at the University of Hawaii. Why they were studying Russian (in 1960, people like Lee Harvey Oswald studied Russian) is a question for another day.
Let me talk about this question today. Do you recall what Stanley Ann Dunham was studying at the University of Hawaii? Her 1967 degree from UH was in mathematics. In 1968, I was studying mathematics and my faculty adviser suggested that I study Russian because the Russians were #2 in the world in mathematics.
Cashill’s plugging his upcoming book, Deconstructing Obama. Maybe I can find a copy in the dumpster. The Lee Harvey Oswald thing was a smear; the preceding was an insult, a statement of derision.
Jack Cashill is a regular contributor to WorldNetDaily. (You might consider THAT a smear.)