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News Mon Jul 06 2009

Obama Gets the Shakespeare Treatment

It has long been speculated that another author, frequently thought to be Francis Bacon, wrote a number of Shakespeare's plays and now Barack Obama undergoes the same suspicions. Conservative author Jack Cashill posits that it was not Obama but Bill Ayers (wtf?) that penned his memoir Dreams from My Father. For his stunning proof, Cashill compared Ayers's writing with Obama's to produce a list of similarities that, taken completely out of context, could be quite convincing. Taken in context, however, these similarities mean almost nothing and English PhD and blogger Scott Eric Kaufman hilariously refutes the claim. (Personally, I would love to hear what my style and rhetoric professor would have to say about this.) It seems that this argument has been ongoing since September of last year. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like too many people are convinced of Cashill's claim. Or even really care. [via]

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