Excerpt from Cashill book (order here):
Gerald Horne, a Marxist scholar from the University of Houston, led the way. On March 28, 2007, a little more than a month after Obama announced his candidacy for president, Horne gave a speech at the opening of the Communist Party USA archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.
Although enough of a realist to see that communism in America had taken an emotional blow with the fall of the Soviet Union, Horne saw a ray of hope in the future. He found that bright spot emanating from Hawaii. There, in 1953, tens of thousands of workers showed more gumption than their mainland counterparts by striking to protest the conviction of labor and Communist Party Leaders of Smith Act violations. Urging them on was “an African American poet and journalist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis.” Davis, Horne acknowledged, “was certainly in the orbit of the CP—if not a member.” More telling, Davis had left Chicago for Hawaii at the instigation of Communist friend Paul Robeson. In Hawaii, according to Horne, Davis befriended a “Euro-American” family and took their mixed-race grandson, Barack Obama, under his wing. Said Horne, as though it were common knowledge in leftist circles: “In his bestselling memoir ‘Dreams of my Father,’[sic] the author speaks warmly of an older black poet, he identifies simply as ‘Frank’ as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his present identity as an African-American.” Horne implied that Obama “decamped to Chicago” as a way of “retracing the steps of Davis.”
He concluded his speech with a prediction that should have perked the ears of any real journalist following the Obama campaign: At some point in the future, a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, “Living the Blues” and when that day comes, I’m sure a future student will not only examine critically the Frankenstein monsters that US imperialism created in order to subdue Communist parties but will also be moved to come to this historic and wonderful archive in order to gain insight on what has befallen this complex and intriguing planet on which we reside.
The first citizen journalist in the samizdat to take note of Horne’s speech hailed from New Zealand, of all places. Trevor Loudon, blogger extraordinaire, began tracking Communist influence in the west during the worldwide anti-nuke movement of the early 1980s…
When made aware of Horne’s speech, Loudon posted on his blog a summary of Horne’s comments under the fully accurate title, “Barack Obama’s Marxist Mentor.” Wrote Loudon, “Now the Communist Party USA is claiming Barack Obama as its spiritual heir.” With Loudon’s help, author and investigator Cliff Kincaid did an extensive report on Davis in February 2008 titled, “Obama’s Communist Mentor.” Then with Accuracy in Media, a classic samizdat outpost established well before the internet, Kincaid did several subsequent articles throughout 2008. Each time, he added new details about Davis’s activities as a member of the CPUSA, a membership that remained active until at least 1956.
Kincaid also exposed Davis’s work as a pornographer, unearthing Sex Rebel: Black, a slightly fictionalized memoir written under the pseudonym, Bob Greene. In his letters to artist friend Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, Davis admitted that Sex Rebel was almost pure autobiography. “You will find out things about me sexually that you probably never suspected— but in this period of wider acceptance of sexual attitudes I can be more frank than was possible 20 years ago.”16 In the book, Davis reveals both his bisexuality and his willingness to engage in sex with minors, two noteworthy traits given his relationship with the young Obama…
As it happens, a footnote in Tidwell’s book alerted Kincaid to the existence of a six-hundred-page FBI profile on Davis. Kincaid promptly submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received the file, and made it public in August 2008, not that anyone in the MSM had an interest in reviewing it.