Why Was Obama‘s Audio Book Version of ’Dreams From My Father’ Purged of All References to Communist Mentor?
October 4, 2012
You might recall TheBlaze's series of reports on Dr. Paul Kengor's powerful book, "The Communist," which offered a detailed account of the Communist Party ties of President Obama's longtime mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. "Frank," as he is referred to in Obama's memoir "Dreams From My Father," is mentioned multiple times in the print edition of the president's book, however, Kengor now reveals that all references to "Frank" were purged from the volume's abridged audio version.
It's an observation that was first broached, albeit very briefly, by Jack Cashill in a July article. And since then, the scrubbing has gone unnoticed. Until now.
"Frank" - whose influence Kengor asserts was key to the fledgling politician and that the eccentric activist appears in "each mile-marker" of Obama's path from Hawaii to the halls of Washington, D.C. - is mentioned no less than 22 times by name in "Dreams From My Father" and is referenced via pronouns numerous other times throughout the book.
But while listening to the audio version recently, Kengor noticed "Frank" had disappeared. He re-listened to the entire audio book on Tuesday afternoon and compared it to the unabridged memoir.
"Every reference to ‘Frank' everywhere in the book, from every section-and there are many of them-are gone," Kengor told TheBlaze in an email.
The omissions are important because a review of the Random House website reveals that all audio versions of "Dreams," along with Obama's subsequent book, "The Audacity of Hope," are only available in the abridged format.
While the Obama campaign could certainly argue that during the editing process many excerpts, not just the ones referencing Frank, were eliminated from the audio version for brevity, some might find it odd that such an important figure in the president's life would have been relegated to the cutting room floor.
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