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Obama has degrees, but he is not educated.  There is a difference.  Listen to Obama over time, and it is obvious that he doesn't know or understand history, doesn't have a junior high level grasp of science, and has an understanding of human psychology most kindly described as wishful thinking.





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This page is organized in chronological order . . .
Noelani Elementary
Obama began his education in Hawaii's public schools. He was enrolled in Ms. Sakai’s kindergarten class at Noelani Elementary School in 1967.  He was only there a couple or three months before he was off to Indonesia.

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The first little boy in the third row, left is "Barry Obama."  Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng confirms that the boy is Obama.


The two white girls in the same row are probably the Nordyke twins.  They were not identical twins, but they did have the same smile.  They were born the same time as Obama.  I still want to know what happened to their birth announcement.  Twins, being born to a prominent physician is news.  More specifically, I want to know what happened to the space their birth announcement was in.

Or am I expected to believe that Vital Statistics included Obama's name on their announcement list, and forgot the Nordyke Twins?

Born within hours of Obama according to Eleanor Nordyke, their names should be here:

Birth Announcement here -- expand to regular size to read.

The Nordyke twin girls were
born the next day(early evening 6 pmish) and the only reason I can see for their names not appearing in the Vital Stats birth announcements was that an entire story was devoted to them considering their father’s position as a doctor.  I never did find out how many beds were available at the Kapiolani Maternity Home at the time nor did I find out exactly what Doctor Nordyke’s position (he was an internist wasn’t he?) was at the time or what residents worked at the hospital at the time.


Here's a surprise!  Hawaii's Department of Education has been unable to find his Kindergarten records.

Noelani Mystery
Obama's Noelani Elementary School Kindergarten records, oddly missing from the State of Hawaii Department of Education -- just one more coincidence in a series of "coincidences."

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch writes, "...the Department of Education has been unable to find his records."

Although Obama has had a first-class education that spanned 25 years, there is only a single document that has ever been released, the application for entrance to the Franciscus Assisi Primary School (next item) -- and that document was discovered by independent investigators.

This is an important feature because Kindergarten records for original school entry would have contained the following:

1. Obama's REAL Birth Certificate.
2. An application with the following:

•  His Legal name.
•  Parents or Legal Guardians’ names.
•  Date of Birth
•  Place of Birth
•  Vaccination Records (revealing a timeline to the place and DOB.)

It also is important for two additional reasons:

A. The Department of Education does not "lose" the records of one particular student. (So, who paid whom what sum to make this record disappear?)

B. There would have been NO shameful low-test scores, NO embarrassing Equal Opportunity advancements, and NO trails of fraudulent funding to hide that could possibly "excuse" the quashing of public school Kindergarten entry records.  For the rest of his life he attended very expensive private schools and has had his records legally sealed to deny the public his true life story.

This is different.  Hawaii should be able to verify he attended their school since he is featured in class photographs.  State and federal tax dollars paid for his initial year of education.  Why is there no documentation?

This is the beginning of an intentionally erased life of a fraud and conman and it reeks of complicity by officials within the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of Health and Dept. of Education.

Obama joked during the primary campaign that his opponent (Hillary) was even digging into his Kindergarten records.  He knows what they would contain and why they must be kept unavailable.
Did Obama Flunk Kindergarten?

Obama Flunked Kindergarten  (04:33)
Evidence from both Hawaii and Indonesia shows that Barry had to repeat kindergarten, and was just pushed along with the children his own age each time he returned to Hawaii.
Assisi Primary

The "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" blog reports that Obama's Indonesian schooling began when he was entered into the Roman Catholic, Franciscus Assisi Primary School, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 1, 1968 and sat in class 1B.  His teacher has been identified as Fermina Katarina Sinaga (translation, next item).

He was registered under the name of Barry Soetoro, serial number 203.  The school registration document identifies Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen and his religion was identified as Islam.

This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiscus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro.  The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam.

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Translation of above document:

The Obama Campaign claims that the "Muslim" entry references the religion of the father, which is absurd.  Every other entry on the document relates to Obama.  The attributes on the document describe Obama, the child, not Lolo, the stepfather.

Born on August 4, 1961, Obama would have been 7 years and 5 months old.  That's late to start school.  Obama will always be 2 years older than his classmates. 

Obama may have started Kindergarten in Hawaii but was whisked off to Indonesia as a result of his mother's second marriage.  There are 5 missing years in Anna's CV between Obama Sr. abandoning the family and her emigration to Indonesia with Lolo.

Obama will complete the first 3 grades at Assisi.

Besuki Primary

Obama then entered the Besuki Primary School, a state school.  He was enrolled as Indonesian citizen, Barry Soetoro, Muslim.  He would attend Besuki for two years.


Iis Darmawan, 63, Obama's teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills.  "He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,'" the teacher said.  Here are Barry's school records:

His third grade teacher, Fermina Katarina Sinaga, now 67, asked her class to write an essay titled "My dream: What I want to be in the future."  Obama wrote "I want to be a President," she said.

Quranic Studies

All Indonesian students are required to study religion at school and a young Barry Soetoro, being registered as a Muslim, would have been required to study Islam daily in school.  He would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and recite from the Quran and to study the laws of Islam.

In his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Quran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school." 

In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic studies."

According to Tine Hahiyary, one of Obama's teachers and the principal from 1971 through 1989, Barry actively took part in the Islamic religious lessons during his time at the school.  His teacher was named Maimunah and she lived in the Puncak area, the Cianjur Regency.

"I remembered that he had studied 'mengaji' (recitation of the Quran)" Tine said.

Our guy in Jakarta writes: "The actual usage of the word 'mengaji' in Indonesian and Malaysian societies means the study of learning to recite the Quran in the Arabic language rather than the native tongue.  "Mengagi" is a word and a term that is accorded the highest value and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast Asia.  To put it quite simply, 'mengaji classes' are not something that a non practicing or so-called moderate Muslim family would ever send their child to.  To put this in a Christian context, this is something above and beyond simply enrolling your child in Sunday school classes."

"The fact that Obama had attended mengaji classes is well known in Indonesia and has left many there wondering just when Obama is going to come out of the closet."  As Plato said, the images and stories we feed our children affect them for life.

"As I've stated before, the evidence seems to quite clearly show that both Ann Dunham and her husband Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo were in fact devout Muslims themselves and they raised their son as such."

Obama's half-sister, Maya, recalled that the family attended the mosque "for big communal events," and "Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers."

On January 24, 2007, the Obama campaign released the following statement, "To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Then, on March 14th, 2007, the Obama Campaign told the LA Times he wasn’t a "practicing Muslim."

But his official website says:  "Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed Christian"  (dated: 11/12/2007, and still up as of 5/5/2008)

This is the basic problem with Obama -- his dissimulation -- some would call it outright lying -- but read what his classmates say:


In 2007, classmate Rony Amiris described young Barry as enjoying football and playing marbles and of being a very devout Muslim.  Amir said, "Barry was previously quite religious in Islam."

"We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house.  If he was wearing a sarong he looked funny," said Rony.

Amiris now the manager of the Bank Mandiri, Jakarta, recently said, "Barry was previously quite religious in Islam.  His birth father, Barack Hussein Obama was a Muslim economist from Kenya.  Before marrying Ann Dunham, Hussein Obama was married to a woman from Kenya who had seven children.  All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims"

Rony extrapolates further, that Obama at one point had to change his religion if he ever intended later to run for the office of President of the United States because America would never elect a Muslim to the be President of the United States.



Also in 2007, Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, was quoted as saying, "He (Obama) was often in the prayer room wearing a 'sarong', at that time."

"He was quite religious in Islam but only after marrying Michelle, he changed his religion."


The above item is as I posted it in the summer of 2008.  In February, 2010, Obama's life story took another mysterious twist.  Although every single account of Obama's life puts him in Indonesia in 1969, the above photo was taken in Hawaii -- while Obama was in the 3rd grade!


Check out the facts here . . .


In late 1971, Anna took Obama to live with her parents, the Dunhams, in Honolulu.  Anna and Obama's half-sister, Maya, returned to Indonesia.  Madelyn Dunham’s co-workers did not know she was a grandmother until Barry  showed up there in the 70’s.

The Dunhams enrolled "Barry Obama" in the prestigious
Punahou School, starting in the fifth grade.  He attended Punahou on a scholarship, through the generosity of many donors, and the influence of Stanley Armour's boss, who was a Punahou alum.  Obama walked the five blocks from his grandmother's apartment on Beretania to the school.

With more than 3,000 students, Punahou is the largest private school in the country, and it sits on a lush, sprawling campus in Honolulu.  The school is elite and wealthy.


"Gramps" was the driving force behind Barry being accepted at Punahou and he took Barry to Punahou for the entrance exams in 1971 and he also accompanied Barry to Punahou on his first day of classes in 1972.

made friends quickly and told his classmates that his father was an African prince, the leader of a proud and successful people.


Obama's classmate, friend and drug-dealing partner, "Ray", drove around in a VW bus nicknamed the "Choomwagon."  He said, "Barry's biggest struggles then were missing his parents.  His biggest struggles were his feelings of abandonment.  Ray would later be killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover. 

Obama would write, "I didn't feel [her absence] as a deprivation, but when I think about the fact that I was separated from her, I suspect it had more of an impact than I know."

While at Punahou School, Obama turns into a disenchanted teenage rebel, experimenting with cocaine and marijuana.  Obama admits in "Dreams" that during high school he frequently smoked marijuana, drank alcohol, even used cocaine occasionally.

In his book, Obama recalls that he had "been headed" to the status of "junkie" or "pothead", which he describes as "the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man".  He recalls smoking "reefer" in the backs of his friends' vans, dorm rooms and "on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school."

Obama, told a group of students in New Hampshire that his drug use had caused him to "waste a lot of time" during his high school years.

Bryon Leong, a former classmate, remembers, "He was known as a partier, as a guy looking for a good time, but not much more," Mr Leong said.  "There was pot in Hawaii in the 1970s, but it wasn't a big deal."

"It wasn't like guys were smoking dope on campus and coming to school high," said Eric Kusunoki, 57, Obama's teacher from age 15 to 18.  "If they did, it would have been pretty obvious.  If he did dabble with drugs or alcohol, I didn't see it."

Other schoolmates also remember his time at school rather differently.  He was a spoiled high-achiever, they recall.

One of his former classmates, Alan Lum, said: "Hawaii is such a melting pot that it didn't occur to me when we were growing up that he might have problems about being one of the few African-Americans at the school. Us kids didn't see color. He was easy-going and well-liked."


"He was a basketball player and always had a ball in his hand wherever he was," Wysard recalled.

At school, Obama was surrounded by the island's richest and most accomplished students.  America Online founder Steve Case, actress Kelly Preston and former Dallas Cowboys lineman Mark Tuinei, who died in 1999, attended the school around that time.  Pro golf sensation Michelle Wie, 17, is a student there now (2006).


While a student in the late 1970s, Barack Obama carved his name in the pavement outside the cafeteria of Punahou School. 


Kinda interesting, eh, King Obama?


And, did you know Punahou School, has a statue of their most PRIZED student bronzed in a court yard on the school campus?  And who is this "pillar of academic and character success"?  Why, it's Ho Chi Minh.

In his 1979 yearbook pictures, the B-minus student wears a 1970s-style wide-collared shirt and sports jacket, his hair in a neatly trimmed afro that covers the tops of his ears.

He added a photo of himself playing basketball, and a shot entitled "Still Life" that includes numerous items.  Among them are a trophy, telephone, turntable and beer bottle.

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A package of "Zig-Zag" rolling papers and a matchbook are prominently displayed in front, and in a brief caption he thanked the "Choom Gang" and others "for all the good times."

The "Choom Gang" is a reference to "chooming," the Hawaiian slang for smoking marijuana.

A Basketball Jones
This file photo provided by The Oahuan, the yearbook of Punahou School, shows Barack Obama posing with his 1979 state basketball championship team for Punahou School.

Identified as Barry Obama, he is in the back row, last player on the right.  Others identified in the yearbook are:

front row: Greg Ramos, manager; Chris McLachlin, head coach; Dan Moore, manager.

Second row: Matt Hiu, Alan Lum, Tom Topolinski, Darin Mauerer, Dan Hale, John Kamana.

Third row: Darryl Gabriel, Boy Eldredge, Greg Orme, Larry Tavares, Jason Oshima.
Hoop Dreams From Obama’s Mythology
Paul Mirengoff says: I don’t attach any significance to Barack (or Barry) Obama’s high school basketball career.  However, several items in David Maraniss’s account of that career are interesting.
First, although Obama attributed his lack of playing time to not "play[ing] like white boys do," there appears to be no merit to his complaint.

The notion that [Obama] was hampered in his progress because his style was more playground-oriented, that he played "black" and the coach coached "white," distorts the dynamics of his own game, the performance of the other players and the coaching philosophy of [Chris] McLachlin. The reality was that Barry, as skilled and intelligent a player as he was, could not stand out in this group. He had good court sense and an ability to slash to the basket, but was an unreliable outside shooter and not much of a jumper, contradicting the stereotype of "black" ball.

Decades later, a story emerged that his nickname was Barry O’Bomber, playing off his last name and a propensity to fire away from long range, but few team members recalled that nickname and said the real gunner was Darin Maurer, who was better than Obama but barely got more playing time. Maurer never started at Punahou but went on to play Division I basketball at Stanford as a walk-on. Maurer was . . . a caucasian; race had nothing to do with it. . . .

"He loved basketball so much, I think a lot of things have been blown out of proportion," said Lum [a high school teammate]. "Anybody wants to play. His style of play was flashy, but it was okay. McLachlin didn’t really put a damper on it. If you did a behind-the-back pass, McLachlin would frown on that, but when it came down to playing time, he [Barry] wasn’t one of the five best." In fact, Lum and other teammates pointed out, Barry was only occasionally considered one of the top eight, the number of players McLachlin usually used in his rotation, following the substitution pattern of John Wooden, the brilliant coach at UCLA.

Second, after his team won the state championship, Obama, who had played only after the team took a massive lead, turned into a quote machine for a reporter from the school newspaper:

Barry wanted to be part of history. He wanted recognition. He wanted to be recorded in this glorious moment. He had seemed so cool and laid back -- never panicked, never fazed -- but now his burning will was on rare display. "One thing that stuck in my mind was the extent to which Barry. . .was in my face giving me the equivalent of sound bites, giving quotes left and right," Egami [sportswriter for the school paper] recalled decades later. "He made sure he got something he said in the paper. Such good stuff, I couldn’t leave it out, though kind of schmaltzy. That night I knew there was a side to him that was scary. This guy is ambitious. He wanted the quote, and he got it."

Third, Obama’s account of his high school basketball days in Dreams From My Father includes false information (is based on "composites," I mean):

In one of the scenes with Keith Kakugawa, the character he called Ray in his memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama broached the subject of basketball style, complaining that he did not get the breaks of other players on the team because "they play like white boys do" and that was the style preferred by the coach. Since Kakugawa was two years ahead of Barry, if this conversation took place he would have had to have been a sophomore, a fact that raises two contradictions. First, as a sophomore he was a long ways from making Varsity AA, and second, the head coach he was complaining about, Chris McLachlin, was on temporary leave during Obama’s sophomore year and did not return until the following season, when Kakugawa was gone.

In other words, Obama wrote an account of a conversation with Kakugawa that didn’t happen, in which he supposedly raised a complaint of race-based bias that didn’t exist.

What a guy.

As I said, I don’t care about Obama’s basketball career. But it would have been nice if, years later when he wrote his autobiography, he hadn’t misleadingly twisted that career to conform to a hack racial paradigm.
Barack Obama, then known as "Barry," sits with the Ka Wai Ola literary magazine staff in the 1979 Punahou School yearbook. (NY Times account here)

Early Obama Poem Shows Davis' Hand
This is excerpted from a Jack Cashill piece, about an unnamed poem, that Cashill calls "Forgotten." It was unearthed for a lengthy March 2008 article in Vanity Fair by the magazine's national editor Todd Purdum. It reads as follows:

I saw an old, forgotten man
On an old, forgotten road.
Staggering and numb under the glare of the
Spotlight. His eyes, so dull and grey,
Slide from right to left, to right,
Looking for his life, misplaced in a
Shallow, muddy gutter long ago.
I am found, instead.
Seeking a hiding place, the night seals us together.
A transient spark lights his face, and in my honor,
He pulls out forgotten dignity from under his flaking coat,
And walks a straight line along the crooked world.

When Purdum mentioned the poem, which was published in 1978 or 1979 in Obama's high school literary magazine, to Obama in 2008, he told Purdum he had no memory of it.  The question that must be asked, however, is the one that Obama himself poses, did he actually write it?

As to the content of the poem, Obama told Purdum, "it sounds in spirit that it's talking a little bit about my grandfather."  Note that the subject of this sentence is "it" not the expected "I."  As he does even in the forward of his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama distances himself from his presumed composition.

The "grandfather" Obama refers to here, of course, is his mother's father, Stanley Dunham, "Gramps," the Willy Loman character with whom Obama lived during much of his adolescence.  If the critics are to be believed -- they ought not be -- that makes two early Obama poems about his grandfather, the other being "Pop."

The contention that Obama's poems are about Dunham, however, leaves a basic question unanswered: why did Obama not call the poem "Gramps."  If I were to write about the man I knew as "Gramps," I might not necessarily call the poem "Gramps," but I surely would not call it "Pop."  That latter title, after all, has obvious implications.

The case for Dunham as "Pop" is further weakened by the line in the poem, "he switches channels, recites an old poem he wrote before his mother died."  Although Obama credits Gramps with a little poetic dabbling, Dunham was more of a dirty limerick kind of guy than a real poet.

As an adolescent, Obama did have a relationship with a real poet, Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist and pornographer but also a skilled writer.  "I could see Frank sitting in his overstuffed chair," Obama remembers in Dreams, "a book of poetry in his lap, his reading glasses slipping down his nose."

Obama continues, "[Frank] would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house, sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar."

Cashill has done a lot to expose Obama's suspicious literary career, but you'll have to decide for yourself if he's on the right track here.  He does make some very interesting points.
The Punahou Prom

These previously unpublished photos, obtained exclusively by TIME from Obama's schoolmate Kelli Allman (née McCormack), show a 17-year-old Barack Obama on the night of his senior prom.

"Barry spent in his days at the Punahou School in Hawaii studying, shooting hoops and goofing off with his friends. Greg Orme, a fellow varsity basketball player, was Obama's constant companion. 'They were like brothers,' says Allman. "On prom night, the pair double-dated. Obama and his date Megan Hughes, a student at the Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, joined Orme at Allman's house, where the two couples sipped champagne before going to the dance and then an after-party. 'It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling,' says Allman. "It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos."
Barbara Cox Anthony
Maine Maggpie asks, "and where did the money for his elite education come from?"

When that photo of Barry at his senior prom came out recently I was curious as to why he would invite as his date a girl from a different school, was there no date available from one of the 200 hundred plus girls graduating from Punahou a mere few weeks later. It seemed odd to me so my angle of research was to investigate a connection.

The Hawaii School for Girls was upon it's founding in 1964 called La Pietra. It was located in a building that was originally owned by Punahou and sold to the original founder of the school Barbara Cox Anthony, the daughter of three-time Ohio governor James Cox (who also founded Cox Enterprises and was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President in 1920) was worth 12.6 billion dollars and the richest woman in Hawaii. Anthony married four times: Her first husband, Bradford Ripley, a naval aviator, died during World War II. The young widow met and married Stanley Kennedy while in Miami, where he was a member of the underwater demolition teams, the precursor to today's Navy SEALs. Stanley Kennedy was the son of the founder of Inter-Island Airways and its successor, Hawaiian Airlines. They moved here and she quickly took to the Islands, making it her home for the next 62 years. Later, she wed Garner Anthony, the Attorney General of Hawaii 1942/43 and Chairman of Cox Enterprises, 1974-87. Barbara Cox Anthony according to a friend (taken from her Wikipedia page), whilst being the richest woman in Hawaii..."was rich in different ways. She was rich in heart." Listed by Forbes in March as the 45th richest person in the nation, she was the only Hawai'i resident to make the list of billionaires. She had homes at Diamond Head and on the Big Island and elsewhere outside Hawai'i. Anthony and her sister, Anne Cox Chambers, served on the board of Cox Enterprises. She became "the financial angel for La Pietra," said Morris, who met her about six decades ago, surfing in Waikiki. "Whenever they needed money, she supplied it," he said, adding that in addition to meeting the school's financial needs, she helped with the headmistress' quarters and scholarships. "She was very generous," Morris said. "She gave a lot of people scholarships, but without people knowing where it came from. She gave money to Punahou for scholarships, but didn't want them to know who gave it." It was her way of staying under the radar. "Every Monday, she'd get a foot-high stack of people asking for money," Morris said. "She didn't want to be given any sort of publicity about things. She knew if (her various contributions would be made public), she'd get, instead of one foot of requests, it'd be two feet." But when Anthony would hear about a girl who might not be able to make tuition at La Pietra, she was quick to help. "She was very supportive of our school," said Nancy White of La Pietra. "She really was a supporter of education for young women; she wanted them to have full lives."....

Barbara Cox married 2 former Alumni, J Garner Anthony and Stanley C. Kennedy, Jr., and both her children Blair Kennedy ('68*), son, James C. Kennedy ('65*),went to Punahou.

The sole trustee of the Barbara Cox Anthony Foundation for the last 72 years is Hawaiian Trust Company, Ltd. (Bank of Hawai‘i).

Barry was enrolled at Punahou in 1971 at 5th grade. The family did not have the money to send him to this school and it has been claimed by many that he was given a scholarship, but no information with regard to who provided the scholarship has ever been revealed.

The Dunhams moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Stanley found a better furniture store opportunity, and Madelyn started working at the Bank of Hawaii in 1960, and in 1970 was promoted to be one of the first female bank vice presidents, reportedly in charge of the loan department.

Did Madelyn Dunham in her new position as Vice-President personally reach out to Barbara Cox Anthony for a scholarship for young Barry?

Cox Anthony's sister mentioned above Anne Cox Chambers is a multi million dollar contributor to Obama for America, is former Ambassador to Belgium under Carter, 1977-1981 and a longtime contributor and board member to everything Democrat, progressive, liberal......

Things that make you go Hmmmm.......

Barack Obama began his undergraduate education at Occidental College, in California.  Occidental is a 1,825-student liberal arts college in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles and isn't shy about claiming Obama as an alumnus for his two years there (1979-81) on full scholarship.

The Boston Globe did a large piece on his Occidental years.


Obama writes in "Dreams," that he saw his mentor, the communist Frank Marshall Davis, only a few days before he left for Occidental College, and that Davis seemed as radical as ever.

Davis called college, "An advanced degree in compromise" and warned Obama not to forget his "people" and not to "start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit."

With those words ringing in his head, Obama entered Occidental College in California in 1979, where his freshman roommate was Imad Husain, a Pakistani, who's now a Boston banker.  Also, as a freshman, he quickly became friends with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, two wealthy Pakistanis.

Obama had an international circle of friends -- "a real eclectic sort of group," says Vinai Thummalapally, who himself came from Hyderabad, India, and who lived with Obama the summer of 1980.

In his first memoir, "Dreams," Obama included a description of black student life at Occidental College in Los Angeles (click and expand page 98).

"There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he wrote.  "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

He added: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.  The more politically active black students.  The foreign students.  The Chicanos.  The Marxist professors and structural feminists."

Obama said he and other blacks were careful not to second-guess their own racial identity in front of whites.

"To admit our doubt and confusion to whites, to open up our psyches to general examination by those who had caused so much of the damage in the first place, seemed ludicrous, itself an expression of self-hatred," he wrote.

Obama joined the Students for Economic Democracy (SED), a radical socialist "cousin"  organization to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), of which the Weather Underground was an off-shoot.  As a matter of fact, Obama's first public speech was at an event sponsored by the Students for Economic Democracy.  This fringe group was chaired by the radical Tom Hayden in the late 70's and early '80's.

You are know by your friends and associates -- and Obama's are the hard-core leftists.

Occidental Friends
At Occidental College, Obama plays basketball and continues taking drugs.  He becomes friends with Pakistani Muslims Mohammed Hasan Chandoo (perhaps spelled Chandio) and Wahid Hamid, and Indian Vinai Thummalapally.  At Occidental College Obama indulges in alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.  He becomes interested in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.  While at Occidental Obama is mentored by an openly gay professor, Lawrence Goldyn, who has a strong influence on Obama’s acceptance of gays.  Fellow student Thummalapally lives with Obama in the summer of 1980.  Obama’s freshman year roommate at Occidental is Imad Husain, a Pakistani.

Safely away from his grandparents Obama starts smoking cigarettes while at Occidental College, as many as 10 per day, and continues the habit until an attempt to quit in February of 2007.  On the campaign trail in 2008, however, reporters with a keen sense of smell recognize that Obama was still sneaking occasional cigarettes. (Obama’s refusal to release his medical records may arguably relate to his 25-year smoking habit.)

Obama and Chandoo
Obama’s friends at Occidental tend to be the more politically active blacks, foreign students, Chicanos, Marxist professors, structural feminists, and punk-rock performance poets. Obama is rebuked on one occasion for calling another black student, who wasn’t "black enough," an "Uncle Tom." One female student criticizes Obama with the remark, "You always think it’s about you."

At Occidental, Obama meets a professor of politics who is a CIA expert on the Soviet Union and an associate of Zbigniew Brzezinski (who would later be the National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter -- and then to Obama).

You will notice that Obama's roommates were foreign students from South Asia.  This is a pretty good indicator that Obama was enrolled as a foreign student from that part of the world.
Summer 1980

There is an anecdote related in the Maraniss book “Barack Obama: The Story” that embraces a confluence of events and timing that leaves Obama open for immense interrogation, if only there was someone in the media to first recognize it and second able to get it out there for all to see.

Remember the Obama race speech where he referred to grandma “tuts” as a “typical white person” afraid of taking the bus to work because of “black man” who was “in the neighborhood”. As Jack Cashill has enumerated, Obama creates generic scenarios as life experiences. There is no doubt that this anecdote was created by Obama but what is notable is that in the Maraniss books Obama has moved this scenario from occurring in “high school” to “between my college years” meaning between freshman and sophomore at Occidental. The end result of the anecdote had Obama “(driving) down to see the aging black poet , Frank Marshall Davis, at his shack in “the jungle” near the Ala Wai Canal, and shared a drink with Davis, and listened as the old man talked about race in America”.

So we have Obama in his own words seeking a meeting with Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii at a time when Obama felt “utterly alone“ and was looking for understanding. Several pages following this anecdote but preceding it’s telling in time, Maraniss writes “When Barry returned to Hawaii for part of the summer of 1980, he staked claim to his old bedroom in Gramps and Tut’s Punahou Circle apartment for the last time”. Continuing Maraniss writes “at about the time Barry left Oxy for home, a lawyer in Honolulu named William H. Gilardy Jr. filed papers in the Family Court of the First Circuit on behalf of Stanley Ann Soetero seeking a divorce from Lolo Soetero“. Documentation evidenced the divorce proceeding began on June 15th, 1980. Which places Barack Obama in Hawaii on or about June 15th, 1980. For those closely following Obama’s history this is relevant to a certain document he was required to complete. A somewhat coincidental story follows of one Lisa Jack, she of the infamous “freshman photographs” apparently meeting him in a Honolulu night club, he draped in female apparel but giving her the requisite time of day for a “non babe”. Maraniss admits this encounter was “exaggerated”, though gives no indication as to when it occurred.

The very next reference to Mr Obama’s was as follows, “ When he returned to Oxy, the Annex was out of his life. He had talked to Kofi Manu, the Ghanaian, about finding an apartment with him for their sophomore year, but instead moved into a place with his Pakistani friend Hasan Chandoo, now a senior………Vinai Thummalapally, from India, was leaving the apartment for another place, though he would come over often and cook meals there".

The Obama official line is that, Thummalapally came to the United States in 1974 at the age of 19, and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he first met Obama in 1980. They spent the summer as roommates, debating foreign policy and watching Los Angeles Lakers basketball games. Thummalapally lived with Obama the summer of 1980. The two ran together daily, 3 miles in the early morning, often chatting about their dreams. Thummalapally made Indian food for “Barry”—the name Obama went by at that time—teaching him how to make daal.

Not only does the NBA not play in the summer, that season the Lakers were NBA champions and the last game was played on May 16th, 1980. According to Vinai’s future wife, a fellow Oxy student Barbara Nichols-Roy: "Vinai and I met Barack about a month after we had both met. We were part of the same group, especially during my last year at Oxy's when Vinai and a friend roomed right above Barack and another close friend in an apartment complex near our college". This meeting was undoubtedly as a result of Barack Obama moving in with his new Pakisatani friend Hasan Chandoo, which we now know occurred sometime on his return from Hawaii in the summer of 1980. Since Obama spent his freshman year in the dorms at Oxy, this is evidence that the Thummalapally meeting did not occur until after the end of the 1980 Spring semester. So did Obama spent the summer with Vinai?, he most certainly was not ever his “roommate”, nor did he or Barabara ever attend classes with Obama, though as "International Students" they appeared to hang out together, maybe he was Obama’s beard, for Husan.Whatever the truth he is now Ambassador to Belize.

Why is all this important? The summer of 1980 was marked by an announcement by then President Jimmy Carter on 2 July, 1980 of the reinstitution of the draft for males 18 an older. Obama’s selective services registration dates were between July 28th, 2008 and Aug 4th, 1980. At any post office in the US but required “in person” and with “evidence of identity”. Barack Obama’s 19th birthday was on Aug 4th, 1980. Occidental college fall semester was to begin on Aug 25th, 1980. Barack moved off campus that summer, met life long friends that summer, discussed major politics of our time that summer, and yet his knowledge of completing his draft registration was “right out of high school in 1979”.

Do today’s journalist just not care anymore.

The First Year Application For Occidental College
MaineMaggpie says this is page 7 of the application and is asking for personal information of the applicant.

Note the question of citizenship and how it is phrased "US Only/US Dual (specify additional country)."

Look at the box at the bottom half of the page, before you answer any of those questions it says “the following items are optional:”……Social Security Number and Place of Birth are both listed as “optional.”
Registers For Draft -- Maybe?
Pajamas Media obtained official confirmation from the Selective Service System via email that Barack Obama did indeed register for the Selective Service as required by law.

Barack Hussein Obama registered at a post office in Hawaii. The effective registration date was September 4, 1980.

His registration number is 61-1125539-1.

Daniel Amon
Public Affairs Specialist

However, Debbie Schussle wants to know if President-elect Barack Hussein Obama committed a federal crime in September of this year?

Did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the Chicago federal records center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit the crime for him?

It's either one or the other, as indicated by the release of Barack Obama's official Selective Service registration for the draft. A friend of mine, who is a retired federal agent, spent almost a year trying to obtain this document through a Freedom of Information Act request, and, after much stonewalling, finally received it and released it to me.

But the release of Obama's draft registration and an accompanying document, posted below, raises more questions than it answers. And it shows many signs of fraud, not to mention putting the lie to Obama's claim that he registered for the draft in June 1979, before it was required by law.

Check out THIS documentation.
Obama’s Gay Mentor Speaks Out
Lou Chibbaro writing for the Washington Blade says that as an 18-year-old undergraduate student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Barack Obama was among a coterie of students who spoke regularly with Lawrence Goldyn.

Goldyn, an openly gay political science professor who served as a mentor and friend to many of the school’s minority students, said Obama joined him and other students in discussions about social and political issues at a time when Obama was beginning to develop an interest in politics and civil rights causes.

He decided to speak with the Blade about his interaction with Obama during their years at Occidental after Obama told the Advocate, in an April interview, that Goldyn had a "strong influence" in his understanding and perception of gay people and gay rights.

"He was a wonderful guy," Obama said of Goldyn in that interview.  "He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come into contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with."

"He wasn’t proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues."

Goldyn told the Blade that he believes he first met Obama when Obama took a course on European politics from him in 1979 or 1980.

At the time, Goldyn was considered a controversial figure at Occidental for advocating gay liberation.  But Goldyn said he became a mentor to gay students during a period when academic institutions had few positive role models for gay men and lesbians.

"He was remarkable in that he was not intimidated by a publicly gay figure and, in fact, was interested in learning from me, whether formally or informally.  That required an extraordinary kind of confidence in an 18 or 19 year old -- the kind that comes from somewhere deep inside, that was still finding its way into his adult personality.

"He demonstrated a kind of social courage, which has served him well and helped get him where he is today," said Goldyn, who described himself as a strong supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign.

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Narcissist?  Who?  Me?

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Obama, The Poet
On the basis of two poems Barack Obama wrote and published as an undergraduate, Ian McMillan in The Guardian opines that the Democratic nominee for president had obviously read the Beat poets and writers like Gary Snyder and Charles Bukowski, who knew that the simple words are the best ones, as long as you place them carefully on the page.

Here is "Pop," written when Obama was 19.

Jack Cashill believes the "Pop" in "Pop" was Frank Marshall Davis.
Obama's First Political Speech
WorldNetDaily reports that it was at Occidental that Obama first engaged in community activism, delivering what has been described as the first political speech of his career.  On Feb. 18, 1981, Obama addressed students gathered outside Coons Hall administration building, exhorting Occidental's trustees to divest from South Africa.  The speech was sponsored by Students for Economic Democracy (SED)

Obama had joined the SED, a branch of the Campaign for Economic Democracy (CED).  That group was founded by radical, anti-American, Marxist activist Tom Hayden (former husband of actress Jane Fonda), who was also active with the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).  Obama writes in "Dreams..." about the rally, co-sponsored by the Black Student Alliance.
Obama agreed to deliver the opening remarks for the rally, for which, he writes, "the agenda had been carefully arranged beforehand."  In the middle of his speech "a couple of white students" were to come onstage, "dressed in their paramilitary uniforms," to drag him away.  "A bit of street theater, a way to dramatize the situation for activists in South Africa," Obama writes.
Hayden authored the 1962 "Port Huron Statement," the first official political manifesto of the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS -- the radical 1960s protest movement from which Ayers' Weathermen terrorist organization splintered.

An example of Hayden's brash rhetoric dates to his December 1968 testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities on the Chicago "anti-war protests."

At the committee, a portion of Hayden's SDS manifesto was read:

"Disobey your parents: burn your money: you know life is a dream and all of our institutions are man-made illusions effective because YOU take the dream for reality. … Break down the family, church, nation, city, economy; turn life into an art form, a theatre of the soul and a theatre of the future; the revolutionary is the only artist. … What's needed is a generation of people who are freaky, crazy, irrational, sexy, angry, irreligious, childish and mad: people who burn draft cards, burn high school and college degrees; people who say: "To hell with your goals!"; people who lure the youth with music, pot and acid; people who re-define the normal; people who break with the status-role-title-consumer game; people who have nothing material to lose but their flesh. …"

When asked if this was "the way to have a better America," Hayden called them "beautiful sentiments."

The official mission statement for Hayden's SED, for which Obama delivered a major speech, espouses socialist ideology:

"Economic democracy means that ownership and control will be spread among a wide variety of public bodies: city, state and Federal governments, churches, trade unions, cooperatives and community groups, small business people, workers and consumers."

Hayden later was a founding member of Progressives for Obama, a matrix of radicals who supported Obama's presidential candidacy.
Road Trip
At a fundraiser in San Francisco on April 7th 2008, Barack Obama waxed eloquently on the need of foreign policy experience to be Commander in Chief, saying:

"You do that in eighty countries -- you don't know those eighty countries.  So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa -- knowing the leaders is not important -- what I know is the people..."

... and out of the blue, came this statement:**

"I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college -- I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. . . ."

In 1981, after visiting his mother and sister Maya in Indonesia, Obama went to Pakistan for about three weeks, In 1981, as a student,  Obama visited Larkana for a partridge hunting session.  He traveled with Wahid Hamid and staying in Karachi with Mohammed Hasan Chandio's [sic] family in Karachi and visiting Hyderabad as well.

Obama also made friends with Chairman of Senate, Muhammadmian Soomro, who said that in Pakistan he [Obama] came to know about Sunni and Shia sects.

According to the report of Larry Rohter of April 10, 2008, in The New York Times, the Obama campaign staff, when questioned about the revelation of Obama's 1981 trip to Karachi, stated: "Mr. Obama visited Pakistan in 1981, on the way back from Indonesia, where his mother and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, were living.  He spent 'about three weeks' there, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Bill Burton, said, staying in Karachi with the family of a college friend, Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, but also traveling to Hyderabad, in India."  That information is significant for two reasons.  First and foremost is the fact that Mohammed Hasan Chandoo is a radical Muslim who with his relatives operate a website that is anti-Semitic and anti-American and supports radical Islamic politics.

Go to , the home page of the Chandoo brothers, with a links to the Chandoo brothers favorite sites.  Not only are the sites anti-American and anti-Semitic, they are anti-women, with several vulgar references to the distasteful Shia Muslim practice of "muttah," a short term marriage whereby poor Pakistani and Indian Muslims often "pimp" their own daughters to Middle-East tourists for a few rupees.


I wonder which face Obama wore to Pakistan -- his Christian face? -- or his Muslim face?

Update:  Hamid nor Chandoo have each contributed the maximum $2,300 to Obama's campaign, and records indicate each has joined an Asian-American council that supports his run for president.  Both also are listed on Obama's campaign Web site as being among his top fundraisers, each bringing in between $100,000 and $200,000 in contributions from their networks of friends.  Both also attended Obama's wedding in 1992, according to published reports and other friends.


There have been many postings to the Internet that claim travel to Pakistan was forbidden to Americans at this time.  That is a false report.

There was a "travel advisory" issued by the U. S. State Department in August 1981 that stated that Americans should be aware of updated visa requirements, but there never was any ban on travel to Pakistan by Americans.


**  Another Obama coincidence -- just two weeks before this announcement, employees of John Brennan, who would become Obama's terror chief, were caught tampering with Obama's passport files.

The Tale Of An Airline Ticket
…."an around the world Pan Am ticket that allowed sixteen stops

MaineMaggpie says this little sentence in the David Maraniss book Obama:The Story tells a tale that epitomizes the lies of Barack Obama. To begin, there never was such a thing as an international ticket that allowed 16 stops, indeed the “Round the World” fare offered as many stops as you wished in an 80 day period, by 1982 this was extended to 180 days. Round-the-world (RTW) tickets have been sold since 1978 when Pan American offered its "Round the World in 80 Days" fare. Pan Am was the only airline at that time that had routes “around the world” and the fare was a huge savings (approx 40%) over the traditional fares based on mileage traveled. The ticketing rules were quite simple: Initial reservations for the first international leg of the trip, along with the intended itinerary, must be presented when tickets are purchased no later than 21 days before departure, future reservation could be made as the trip progressed, all flights had to be on Pan Am and all travel must progress in a west-east or east-west direction and end at the same point of departure.
If it is true that Barry purchased this ticket type then it is in accommodating these rules that exposes many lies in Obama’s summer 1981 narrative.

21 days prior to departure rule. According to Maraniss, Obama flew to Jakarta on June 18th, 1981, 21 days prior to departure would have been 27 May, 1981, the last day Obama had to buy his ticket if he indeed traveled on 18 June. Maraniss tells us that Paul Carpenter claimed in a letter to Phil Boerner on 13 June 1981 that “Obama would be hard to nail down over the summer to share an apartment in New York since he was off on a trip to Indonesia, Pakistan, Paris, London, New York“. But this information is curious since Obama did not know he had even got into Columbia “until acceptance letters came in early june” Boerner was “impatient” and had already found out he got in, he took off for his summer job in June 1981. Fact: Obama could not have known he got in to Columbia when he purchased this ticket

All travel must be on Pan American rule. After the crash of Pan Am 812 in 1974 in Bali, Indonesia, Pan Am’s operations in Indonesia began to unwind. In 1981 Pan American Airways did not operate flights into either Jakarta or Denpasar. See here for the 1981 route map for Pan Am and here for the 1980 Pan Am/National Brochure, and here for the 1980 Pan Am flight schedules. There are no flights from Los Angeles, Honolulu, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or any other departure point arriving in to Jakarta. According to Maraniss, Obama flew to Jakarta on June 18th, 1981 on Pan Am, according to Pan Am that was not possible since their service to Jakarta and Denpasar had been discontinued. Could Obama have flown Los Angeles to any of these places on Pan Am and then another airline on to Jakarta, yes of course, but he would have to have purchased another ticket, one way, and that alone would have defeated the point of the RTW ticket, saving money. While we are on the Pan Am only rule. Pan Am did not in 1981 nor did it ever in it’s history fly between Jakarta and Karachi. In the same vein Pan Am’s only entry into Paris was from Miami. So Paul Carpenter’s claim that Obama was traveling that summer To Indonesia, Pakistan, Paris, London and New York is true, except for the Indonesia, Karachi, Paris part.

along with the intended itinerary rule. What this means is that Obama would have to have known and had ticketed each leg of his itinerary. He only had to make flight reservation on the first leg but if he purchased this type of ticket, it would have to have been written (yes hand written, we didn’t have ticket machines back then) LAX-JKT-KHI-PAR-LON-NYC-LAX - This routing could never have been written and validated on Pan American Airways for a round the world fare in 1981, period. By 1985 these RTW tickets were beginning to catch on and airlines began to market these fares in conjunction with other airlines British and American Airlines for example would code-share to extend their world routes. In 1981 however this marketing effort did not exist, Pan Am was the only airline offering this type of ticket.

So does any of this mean anything. Well with Obama it usual means he is hiding something. If it is true that Obama left Los Angeles on a Pan Am flight on 18th June, 1981,that would be 3 days after the 15 June, 1981 graduation of his roomate Hasan Chandoo, who was leaving Los Angeles for good and as we are told by Maraniss returning to Karachi for the summer before going on to London to work in his family’s business. Obama would be left in Los Angeles with no place to stay, it doesn’t take much to believe that Chandoo invited him to Pakistan until he needed to return to New York to begin his term at Columbia. Pan Am had a flight from LAX to Karachi via Frankfurt at 1000am on June 18th, 1981. We know from Maraniss that “Obama arrived in New York a week before Boerner” Boerner, we know from a letter he wrote to his girlfriend arrived in New York Saturday 29th Aug, 1981 so Obama having arrived a week earlier would have been about Aug 22, 1981. According to sadik “he arrived pretty disheveled with all his belongings in a suitcase.” (I wonder what Obama did with his Indonesian face mask so wondered at by the same “sadik” a mere 8 months earlier). So why the false narrative? Why not the truth?
Recollections Of An Occidental Classmate
Doug Ross says that Dr. John Drew was a classmate of Obama's at Occidental College.  He was interviewed by Paul Kengor on The Glen Meakem Show, and he took time to transcribe most of the podcast because of its importance.

Q:  I interviewed you for my book Dupes a year ago and you had contact me a couple of years ago because you read a piece that I wrote for American Thinker and it was called "Dreams from Frank Marshall Davis" and it was on Obama's background and youth.  Frank Marshall Davis was an actual Party member and that's something, John, I spent two or three years on investigating, but there's no question about it... the documentation is there, a 1957 Senate report called him "and identified member of the Communist Party," there's an FBI file that's 600 pages, and I took ten or twelve pages from that report and put it in the appendix of my book.  It even lists Davis' Communist Party card number, which was 47544, so very clear.  Why is all of this relevant?  Well, I think it explains, at least to some degree, that -- if he's not a Communist, he's at least very far to the left -- and has some very left-oriented views.  But you met Obama when he left Frank Marshall Davis in 1980 coming from Hawaii and went to Occidental College.  So tell us about when Obama got there and when you met.

A:  I see myself as Barack Obama's missing link from his exposure to Communism through Frank Marshall Davis and his later exposure to Bill Ayers and Alice Palmer in Chicago.  So, as far as I can tell, I'm the only one of Obama's extended circle of friends who's spoken out and verified that he was a Marxist-Leninist in his sophomore year of college, from 1980 to 1981.

I met him because I graduated from Occidental College in 1979 and I was back at Occidental visiting a girlfriend.  I met him because of the relationship which I'd started my senior year at Occidental --

Q:  By the way, tell us where Occidental is.  We're way out here in Western Pennsylvania.

A:  Sure, Occidental College is in the Eastern Los Angeles area.  It's a very prestigious, very beautiful, sort of very garden, rose-garden sort of college, with three- or four-thousand students --

Q:  And pretty competitive, I mean Obama would have had to have good grades and been a good student to get accepted there.

A:  Yeah, my sense is because of affirmative action, guys like me were going to Occidental instead of even better schools and guys like Obama were going to Occidental instead of, uh, less challenging schools.  A lot of very successful people were there, were part of Obama's social circle at the time.

Q:  Now, was Occidental known for radical left politics?  Would that have been an attraction for Obama?

A:  Yeah, I'm certain that it was.  It was considered sort of the "Moscow" of southern California.  There were a lot of Marxist professors, many of whom I got to know pretty well, not just there but also at Williams College in Massachusetts.  Two of the same Marxist-Socialist professors were on the staff with me at Williams.

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Obama In His Early Daze
Appears to be the faculty lounge at Occidental, circa 1980.  It also appears that Barry is toasted.  It was around this time when Barry Obama started to use the name "Barack."

The blackboard, in addition to listing the booze available, has a reference to Eagle Rock High School, located between the cities of Pasadena and Glendale in the northeastern tip of Los Angeles, CA.  Occidental College is located in the community of Eagle Rock.
Did Obama Affirm His Indonesian Citizenship?
On his website, Phil Berg explains he believes Obama obtained an Indonesian passport while he lived with his mother and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia, and that his act of attending school in Indonesia required him to be an Indonesian citizen.

Further, he contends that as an adult, Obama chose to continue his Indonesian citizenship by renewing his passport.

"Renewing an Indonesian passport after the age of 18 is an affirmative act, as you are swearing allegiance to another country.  Soetoro/Obama renewed his Indonesian passport when he traveled to Pakistan, that is why he had to stop in Indonesia first.  Remember, in 1981, [his mother] was divorcing Soetoro in Hawaii and was not in Indonesia.  Obama/Soetoro admits to traveling to Indonesia first and then on to Pakistan.  Soetoro/Obama claims in his book 'Dreams from my Father' that he stopped in Indonesia to visit his mother.  But again, his mother was not in Indonesia, she was in Hawaii with Maya, divorcing Lolo Soetoro.  In addition, the State Department has stated in response to a FOIA request that they do not have a U.S. Passport application on file for Barack H. Obama," he explained.

"As a result of Soetoro/Obama's Indonesian 'natural' citizenship status, Soetoro/Obama could never regain U.S. 'natural born' status, if he in fact he ever held such, which we doubt.  Soetoro/Obama could have only become 'naturalized' if the proper paperwork were filed with the U.S. State Department, after going through U.S. Immigration upon his return to the United States; in which case, Soetoro/Obama would have received a Certification of Citizenship indicating 'naturalized,'" he said.
In 1981, in search of a community to belong to, he transfers to that prestigious university on the edge of Harlem -- Columbia, where he majors in political science with a specialization in international relations.  He also swapped drugs for Marxism.

Obama says he was somewhat involved with the Black Students Organization and participated in anti-apartheid activities.  "Mostly, my years at Columbia were an intense period of study," he says.  "When I transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious.  I spent a lot of time in the library.  I didn’t socialize that much.  I was like a monk."

Obama says it is difficult to separate his college experience at Columbia from the urban experience of living in New York City, and his memoir offers little about his time on campus

When Obama arrived in New York, he already knew Sohale "Hal" Siddiqi, a drug addicted illegal alien from Pakistan, who was a friend of Chandoo's and Hamid's from Karachi, who had visited them at Occidental College.

Obama and Siddiqi
He had come to New York from London two years earlier and found his caustic wit and unabashed desire to make money in the cocaine trade perfectly pitched to the city’s mood.  He had overstayed his tourist visa and now made a living in New York’s high-turnover, illegal immigrant workforce, waiting on tables.

In 1982, Siddiqi and Obama got an apartment at a sixth-floor walk-up on East 94th Street.

In "The Book," Siddiqi is identified only as "Sadik" -- a short, well-built Pakistani" who smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and liked to party.  They were roomies for a while.  Siddiqi confirmed Obama's account that he turned serious in New York and "stopped getting high."

Watching Sadik's drugging obviously got Obama's attention.

"I stopped getting high.  I ran 3 miles a day and fasted on Sundays.  For the first time in years I applied myself to my studies and started keeping a journal of daily reflections and very bad poetry," he wrote in "Dreams."

He went to the Marxist-Socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn and started lecturing his relatives until they worried he'd become "one of those freaks you see on the streets around here."

The Obama campaign declined to discuss Obama's time at Columbia and his friendships in general.  It won't, for example, release his transcript or name his friends.  It did, however, list five locations where Obama lived during his four years here: three on Manhattan's Upper West Side and two in Brooklyn -- one in Park Slope, the other in Brooklyn Heights.  His memoir mentions two others on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Where Was Obama?
It seems Obama went missing for more than a year in 1981 when he was supposed to be at Columbia.  That's also the year that Obama said he went to Pakistan for the summer.

The following paragraphs have been extracted from Orly Taitz' First Amended Complaint, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia:

27.  Further records from the Student Clearing House show even more shocking evidence.  In his memoirs and multiple speeches Obama wrote that he studied for two years at Columbia University September 1981-May 1983.  He admitted that in summer of 1981 he traveled to Pakistan to visit his friends, but repeatedly claimed that from September 1981 until May of 1983 he resided in New York and studied at Columbia University.  Taitz ran a check of his years of attendance at Columbia university and found out that Columbia official records show him attending Columbia university only for nine months September 1982-till May 1983 (Exhibit 3 -- last line -- click to enlarge), which means that the President of the United States lied to the whole nation about his whereabouts for a whole year September 1981 until September 1982.  One year absence is the best case scenario, as he could get his university credit by reciprocity or through extern studies.

As there is no record of Obama residing anywhere else in the United States from September 1981-September 1982, or attending any other university, by way of simple deduction it becomes clear that his visit to Pakistan lasted not a month or two, as he claims, but may have lasted for over a year.

29.  In 1981-1982 Pakistan was ruled by a ruthless radical Muslim leader general Zia Ul Hac, who came to power as a result of a military coup, announced himself as a Chief Martial Law Administrator and ruled the country via the system of iron fist terror.  Supreme court of Pakistan, apparently afraid for their lives found such rule to be acceptable due to a "necessity" doctrine.  Based on verification of Columbia university records, Taitz found that Obama spent at least a year within the regime of general Zia Ul Hac.  This revelation adds urgency in processing this complaint, as it shows that we have today an individual usurping the position of the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the whole US military, while using a stolen social security number, not possessing a valid long form U.S. birth certificate and defrauding the nation and concealing a whole year of his whereabouts.

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Taitz is something of a loose cannon, but that is an interesting artifact that she has uncovered.

Watch for the announcement from the National Student Clearinghouse describing Taitz' discovery as a data entry error, but in any case this isn't going to help Obama's Columbia story.
Obama's "Missing Year" At Columbia

Jerome Corsi says swirling amid the black hole of information are a host of theories about Obama’s whereabouts during the 1981-1982 school year, so WorldNetDaily contacted the National Student Clearinghouse and Columbia about the clearinghouse records that show Obama was at the school only during the 1982-83 school year.

Janine Greenwood, vice president and general counsel for the clearinghouse, told WND there was a "computer error" in their system that has been corrected. She said she confirmed with Columbia that Obama was at the university for two academic years, not one.

Greenwood said she "tried to untangle this" discrepancy one year ago after two "DegreeVerify certificates" from the Herndon, Va.-based clearinghouse -- obtained through a fee-based request -- indicated Obama attended Columbia College at Columbia University only in the 1982-1983 academic year, from Sept. 1, 1982 until May 31, 1983, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree May 17, 1983.

"All I know is [the record] was right originally, and somewhere along the line it went off the rails, and then it was right again," she said.

Columbia's Robert Hornsby said he was unaware of any contact between Columbia and the National Student Clearinghouse regarding the discrepancy.

In the Thursday interview, Hornsby said regarding the clearinghouse’s information: "I don’t know what they’re basing their information on or what their system is for logging, but I can confirm, as a matter of fact, that President Obama was here in September 1981 as a transfer student from Occidental."

Asked whether he had personally seen a transcript that would verify Obama attended classes during the 1981-82 school year, Hornsby said, "You’re looking for proof I cannot provide."

He noted academic records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, "and we don’t talk about any student’s academic records, presidents or otherwise."

Hornsby said his information is based on confirmation from "people that have the authority" in the registrar’s office.

Which Columbia?
Obama attended Columbia School of General Studies.  If a General Studies student completes enough courses, and/or has other credits from elsewhere accepted, a student can receive a degree.  People confuse Columbia University, Columbia College, and Columbia General Studies.  A big university system has many different schools and colleges attached.

Of course, what Columbia University will not release is exactly what Obama actually did while in their General Studies degree program.

Undergraduate education at Columbia is offered through Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies.  Undergraduate programs are offered by two affiliated institutions, Barnard College and Jewish Theological Seminary.  Columbia University provides post-graduate education through thirteen graduate and professional schools and a school of continuing education.  Three affiliated schools also offer post-graduate programs.
Obama Was An Unremarkable Student

Obama was an unremarkable student and that he benefited from affirmative action.  Here are three reasons to support this view:


1)  As reported by The New York Sun: ”A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly, confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with a major in political science. He did not receive honors…” In spite of not receiving honors as an undergrad, Obama was nevertheless admitted to Harvard Law. Why?

2)  Obama himself has written he was a poor student as a young man. As the Baltimore Sun reported:

In "Obama’s book 'Dreams from My Father,….the president recalled a time in his life…when he started to drift away from the path of success.  'I had learned not to care,' Obama wrote.  '… Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.'  But his mother confronted him about his behavior.  'Don’t you think you’re being a little casual about your future?' she asked him, according to the book.  '… One of your friends was just arrested for drug possession.  Your grades are slipping.  You haven’t even started on your college applications.'"

3)  Most damning, of course, is Obama’s unwillingness to make his transcripts public. If Obama had really been a stellar student with impeccable grades as an undergrad, is there any doubt they would have been made public by now and trumpeted on the front page of the New York Times as proof of his brilliance?  To Matt Patterson it all adds up to affirmative action.

Appeared With Columbia Activist, Ayers
WorldNetDaily reports that Obama has revealed almost nothing about his last two years as an undergraduate at Columbia University's Columbia College.

Obama has said he was involved with the Black Students Organization, which emerged in the 1960s in response to a growing black student population at Columbia.  Undergraduates formed the Student Afro-American Society, "which was concerned with the affairs of black students and issues of the greater black community."

The Coalition for a Free South Africa (CFSA), began as a Black Students' Organization committee to promote Columbia University's divestment in stock in companies doing business in South Africa.

CFSA, which split from the Black Students' Organization in 1981, was a loosely structured group with a predominantly black steering committee of about a dozen individuals who made decisions by consensus, and a less active circle of about fifty students who attended meetings and the group's protests and educational events."

Early CFSA leaders were Danny Armstrong, a Columbia College student who played forward for Columbia's basketball team, and Barbara Ransby, a student from the School of General Studies

As CFSA spokeswoman, Ransby famously convinced Columbia's student senate "to support full divestment."

Ransby, now an associate professor of African-American studies and history at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the executive director of Public Square, was in the class of 1984 at Columbia, only one year behind Obama, who would later publicly appear with both Ransby and Ayers.

In April 2002, Ransby appeared at a University of Illinois-Chicago forum and sat on the same panel -- "Intellectuals in Times of Crisis: Experiences and applications of intellectual work in urgent situations" -- with both Obama and Ayers.
New York Livin'

Obama moved into an apartment with fellow Occidental College transfer Phil Boerner in the fall of 1981.   It was located at #3E, 142 W. 109th St., between Amsterdam and Columbus.  Boerner, who remained Obama's friend throughout his college years, describes the apartment as a third story walkup with a railroad layout and a missing doorbell.  It had a walkthrough layout, and Boerner had to walk through Obama's room to get to his own.  The heating frequently failed, one of the reasons Obama wound up spending so much time in Butler Library.  At other times, the two roommates read their books under blankets.



After their first semester, Obama tried to find a better apartment for himself and his friend, but was only able to locate a studio.  He eventually moved into a walkup at #6A, 339 E. 94th St., in Yorkville, where he would "chat with his Puerto Rican neighbors about...the sound of gunfire at night".

Acxiom Database Suggests Barack Obama Used The Name Barack Soetoro At Columbia

Via Al Hendershot @ Facebook:
Obama/Soetoro discovered at Columbia University address. My friends. I am still going through all of the files that I made from all of the database pulls that I was completing almost daily on Obama and Soetoro just to name a few.


On 10/21/2011 I completed a pull for the last names of Soetoro and Obama for the state of NY and I printed it and scanned the pull and made a file then for later use. I just found them again. I want the public to see it first because as Americans we all deserve the truth first before anyone else. Let others try to disprove this. I date them.


Note the addresses that belong to both, "Barack Soetoro" (not Barry) and to Barack Obama as of 02/2010. It is an address in NYC at Columbia University. These were pulls that were completed using ACXIOM.


I will be doing an article for the Hustle tomorrow. Documents had to be altered on 02/2010 at Columbia for there to be two separate indexes to be created. Could it be a name change to help hide something? Do they think we are stupid?



Now, what is located at 2960 Broadway, New York, NY?



As most of you know, there has been speculation for many years that Barack Obama attended Occidental College on a Fulbright Scholarship available only to foreign students.


There is also speculation that Obama's 1981 "road trip" was made using an Indonesian passport.


Now we see Barack Obama using the surname "Soetoro" in association with Columbia University.


Remember, Lolo Soetoro was still acknowleding Barry/Barack/Subarkah/Soetoro/Obama as his son at the time of the Dunham-Soetoro divorce in August of 1980 even though Barack Obama of Kenya formally acknowledged Barry Obama as his son in 1972.


It appears likely that Barack Obama was a legal resident and carried the passports of Indonesia and the United States from 1972 through at least 1982.
If it suited Obama and his mother to be American -- he was an American -- and if it suited Obama and his mother to be Indonesian -- he was Indonesian.

Probably Photoshopped -- But There Is No Way To Know

Cooper Union
Each year from 1983 to 2004, the City University of New York’s (CUNY) chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) sponsored the Socialist Scholars Conference (SSC) at Cooper Union, a privately funded college for the advancement of science and art.  SSC events featured the elite of socialist academia as well as union activists, political revolutionaries, reformers, and opponents of "corporate greed."  According to the libertarian writer Trevor Loudon, guest speakers at these conferences included "members of the Communist Party USA and its offshoot, the Committees of Correspondence, as well as Maoists, Trotsyists, black radicals, gay activists and radical feminists,"

and, Barack Hussein Obama.
Cloward And Piven
Obama studied the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crisis in Political Science classes at Columbia University.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy is to overcommit government, growing it past the point of sustainability by causing crises.  This, while developing an organized proletariat of dependent classes and applying them to disrupt society and revolt against American freedoms.  All, to ring in the new "egalitarian" (neo-Marxist) state. That would be a big "change."
The Thesis
The latest report on Obama's missing thesis comes from MSNBC.  Written his senior year at Columbia University, Obama's thesis was about Soviet nuclear disarmament.  It's only natural to wonder what the budding socialist turned presidential candidate thought of nuclear proliferation in the early 1980s.

"We do not have a copy of the course paper you requested and neither does Columbia University," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told NBC News.

The Obama campaign has been less than forthcoming with details.  "Spokesman Ben LaBolt wouldn’t even say whether Sen. Obama threw out his copy or lost it."  At an earlier date, an aide actually told the New Republic the junior senator couldn't recall what he had written about, but as that editor notes, "who doesn't remember their senior thesis?"  To get the inside scoop, MSNBC contacted the former professor who taught Obama's senior seminar and who recalls the content of the paper better than Obama himself.

What MSNBC doesn't report is that Baron, or at least a Michael Baron who also happens to run an electronics company in Florida, has given $1,250 to Obama.  Maybe if the Obama campaign would release the thesis and Obama's college transcript like a normal presidential campaign, we could all decide for ourselves whether Obama deserves an A.
The Author
In early 2009, an article written by Obama, Breaking the War Mentality, was discovered.

It's crap, for the most part.  You'll have to read it and decide for yourself.
Obama Meets Ayers?
Obama and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers were at college -- within a quarter mile of each other -- for two years in 1982 and 1983.

When Obama was at Columbia, Ayers was at Bank Street College (BSC), where he received an M.A. in Early Childhood Education -- 371 yards down the street.

BSC has no student housing, everyone lives off Campus.  Columbia DOES have housing and encourages students to live on campus.  However, Fox News interviewed 400 former students from his graduating class and no-one remembers him!

Presumably Obama lived off campus also.

Obama and Ayers had mutual friends.  One was Edward Said, the left-wing Columbia superstar was just recently out of hiding.  It is inconceivable, given their concentric politics, that they did not know each other.

Obama won't release his transcripts (actually he won't reveal any documentation from his past).  Was it because it would reveal his ties to Ayers, a class in common (BSC has collaborations with Columbia), or maybe a common street address?

Obama graduated from Columbia College in 1983, and after spending a year in New York, moved to Chicago.

Wayne Allyn Root says, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me.  I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia.  Ever! ... Nobody recalls him.  I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding. 

Questioner: Were you the exact same class?

Root: Class of '83 political science, pre-law Columbia University.  You don't get more exact than that.  Never met him in my life, don't know anyone who ever met him.  At the class reunion, our 20th reunion five years ago, 20th reunion, who was asked to be the speaker of the class?  Me.  No one ever heard of Barack!  Who was he, and five years ago, nobody even knew who he was... the guy who writes the class notes, who's kind of the, as we say in New York, the macha who knows everybody, has yet to find a person, a human who ever met him.  Is that not strange?  It's very strange...

When asked about his undergraduate training at Columbia University, The New Times states that Obama "declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years."

Many of his classmates don't remember Obama.  He's not in the yearbook.  Columbia couldn't find a picture of him at school.

What can be said with some certainty is that Mr. Obama lived off campus while at Columbia in 1981-83 and made few friends.  Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him.  He had transferred from Occidental College in California after his sophomore year because, he told the Boston Globe in 1990, "I was concerned with urban issues and I wanted to be around more black folks in big cities."


Here is an in-depth interview with Wayne Allen Root.

Henry Says, Who?
Did he attend classes at Columbia?

Henry Franklin Graff, professor emeritus of history at Columbia for 46 years, has cast doubt on claims Obama attended classes at the New York City university.

Henry Franklin Graff:

"I have no recollection of Barack Obama at Columbia, and I am sure he never attended any of my classes," Graff told WND in a telephone interview.

"For 46 years, I taught political history, diplomatic history and one of the pioneering courses on presidential history, and every future politician of note who went through Columbia in those years took one or more of my classes – every one, that is, except Barack Obama."

Graff further told WND no professor he knew could remember having Obama as a student at Columbia.

"Nobody I knew at Columbia ever remembers Obama being there," Graff insisted.
Oh! Him
Well, he didn't go to the prom or make it into the yearbook, but the day after he was elected resident, Columbia suddenly remembered that Barack Obama went to school there, by proclaiming that Obama, CC'83, had become the first Columbia graduate elected Resident of the United States.

He joins other illustrious Columbians who went on to run the country at pivotal times during its history: Theodore Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1908, and his cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, president from 1933 to 1945.  Both attended Columbia Law School but did not graduate.  And Dwight D. Eisenhower left his post as University president in 1952 to become the nation's 34th president.  As an undergraduate, he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Evidence That Obama Attended Columbia
There are lots of questions about whether Obama attended Columbia, or not.

As Wayne Allyn Root said above, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me.  I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia.  Ever! ... Nobody recalls him.  I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding.

And Fox News interviewed 400 former students from his graduating class and no-one remembers him.

But finally!  We have the evidence, in the form of his transcript (click to enlarge) and student ID!

Just kidding . . .
Harvard Law

Even though Obama’s Columbia grades fall below the Harvard norm, likely even below the affirmative action-adjusted black norm at Harvard, Obama began Harvard Law School in 1988.


Friends say he did not want anyone to assume they knew his mind and because of that, even those close to him did not always know exactly where he stood.

"He then and now is very hard to pin down," said Kenneth Mack, a classmate and now a professor at the law school, referring to the senator’s on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand style.

Mack added, "Obama stood out from the beginning.  He seemed more mature.  Everyone understood he was a liberal.  He didn't hide that."


All the yearbooks for the year Obama graduated have been yanked from Harvard’s library.

Obama's Benefactor
How exactly did Barack Obama pay for his Harvard Law School education?

The way the Obama campaign has answered the question was simply hard work and student loans, even though Obama’s financial disclosures found no trace of any outstanding college loans, going back to 2000.  Michelle Obama contradicted this claim by saying that the couple had "only just" paid off their student loans after receiving book royalties paid out in 2005 and 2006.

But new questions have been raised about Obama’s student loans and Obama’s ties to a radical Muslim activist who reportedly was raising money for Obama’s Harvard studies during the years 1988 to 1991.

The allegations first surfaced in late March, when former Manhattan Borough president Percy Sutton told a New York cable channel that a former business partner who was "raising money" for Obama had approached him in 1988 to help Obama get into Harvard Law School.

In this video interview, Sutton says he first heard of Obama about twenty years ago from Khalid Al-Mansour, who Sutton described as advisor to "one of the world’s richest men," Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Prince Alwaleed catapulted to fame in the United States after the September 11 attacks, when New York mayor Rudy Guiliani refused his $10 million check to help rebuild Manhattan, because the Saudi prince hinted publicly that America’s pro-Israel policies were to blame for the attacks.

Sutton knew Al-Mansour well, since the two men had been business partners and served on several corporate boards together.

As Sutton remembered, Al-Mansour was raising money for Obama’s education and seeking recommendations for him to attend Harvard Law School.

"I was introduced to (Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him," Sutton told NY1 city hall reporter Dominic Carter. "The friend’s name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas."

Apparently, al-Mansour serves on the Board of, among others, Saudi African Bank and was responsible for the Africa investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal's investment company.

Obama released seven years of tax returns on March 25 of 2009.

The returns, dating back to 2000, indicate that the couple paid no interest on their student loans. The interest from such loans would have been deductible on their joint income tax returns.

For 2000 through 2004, taxpayers declared student loan interest as a deduction on line 24 of federal form 1040. After 2004, the deduction can be taken on Line 33.

But the Obamas never declared a dime of interest in student loans on their return.
Harvard Law Review

On February 6th, 1990, Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.  The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.

He managed to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review without ever publishing a SINGLE piece of signed, written work -- not one!

Update:  Obama did do interviews and Politico claims that an unsigned -- and previously unattributed -- 1990 article was produced by Obama and offers a glimpse at hi's views on abortion policy and the law during his student days, and provides a rare addition to his body of work.

The six-page summary, tucked into the third volume of the year's Harvard Law Review, considers the charged, if peripheral, question of whether fetuses should be able to file lawsuits against their mothers. Obama's answer: No.

I sent Politico an email asking how they knew the document was produced by Obama, since it is "unsigned -- and previously unattributed."  They never responded.

Obama’s timing, however, was better than his writing. In the same spring 1990 term that he would stand for the presidency, the Harvard Law School found itself embroiled in an explosive racial brouhaha.

Black firebrand law professor Derrick Bell was demanding that the Harvard Law School appoint a black woman to the law faculty.

This protest would culminate in vigils and protests by the racially sensitive student body, in the course of which Obama would compare the increasingly absurd Bell to Rosa Parks.

Feeling the pressure, HLR editors wanted to elect their first African American president.  Obama had an advantage.  Spared the legacy of slavery and segregation, and having grown up in a white household, he lacked the hard edge of many of his black colleagues.

"Obama cast himself as an eager listener," the New York Times reported, "sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once."

In February 1990, after an ideologically charged all day affair, Obama’s fellow editors elected him president from among 19 candidates.  As it happened, Obama prevailed only after the HLR’s small conservative faction threw him its support.

Obama was elected after a meeting of the review's 80 editors that convened Sunday and lasted until early this morning, a participant said.

Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank.  Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

Obama personally responded to the controversy by writing a poorly-written letter explaining both the Review’s selection policy and his personal experience with affirmative action. The letter was published in Volume 91, Number 7 (November 16, 1990) of the Harvard Law Record. It is reprinted here.

Curiously, once elected, Obama contributed not one signed word to the HLR or any other law journal.  As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, "A search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at any time. 
After his appointment, the NY Times carried a story in February 1990, that included a few quotes from Obama:

"The fact that I've been elected shows a lot of progress," Mr. Obama said today in an interview.  "It's encouraging."  "But it's important that stories like mine aren't used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks.  You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don't get a chance," he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment...

On his goals in his new post, Obama said: "I personally am interested in pushing a strong minority perspective.  I'm fairly opinionated about this.  But as president of the law review, I have a limited role as only first among equals."  Therefore, Obama said, he would concentrate on making the review a "forum for debate," bringing in new writers and pushing for livelier, more accessible writing.

Unlike most editors, and likely all its presidents, Obama was not a writer.  During his tenure at Harvard, he wrote only one heavily edited, unsigned note.

In this note for the third volume of the 1990 HLR, he argued against any limits on abortion, citing the government’s interest in "preventing increasing numbers of children from being born in to lives of pain and despair."

Well, the new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.

And, it worked!

In other words, Obama was the first affirmative action President of the Harvard Law Revue.

Einstein And The Law
In a page-one footnote of what may be the zaniest-titled article ever published by the Harvard Law Review: "The Curvature of Constitutional Space: What Lawyers Can Learn From Modern Physics," authored by noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe.

The 39-page densely argued treatise argues that constitutional jurisprudence should be updated in a similar way that Einstein's theory of relativity replaced Newtonian mechanics, a view that would release judges from the original intent of the Founders of America.

Published in 1989, with help of the much younger and politically greener Mr. Obama, the long-ago article could indicate his views on the Constitution, which, if he is elected, could come into play in such matters as his choice of nominees to the Supreme Court.

If Mr. Obama captures the White House, he might not curve space but may settle for setting aside a high-altitude seat on the Supreme Court for his former teacher, Mr. Tribe, who is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard.
The Plan

Abner Mikva, a five-term congressman from Illinois who was at that time Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, tried to recruit Obama as a clerk, a position considered a stepping stone to clerking on the Supreme Court, but Obama turned him down.

"He could have gone to the most opulent of law firms," David Axelrod, a longtime friend who is now Obama’s media adviser, said.  "After Harvard, Obama could have done anything he wanted."

The Carl M. Loeb Professor at Harvard University, Laurence H. Tribe, taught Obama and employed him as a research assistant.  He remembers him as a "brilliant, personable, and obviously unique" person.  Tribe said that Obama’s theoretical perspective on applying modern physics to law was "very impressive."

"He is obviously a serious intellectual as well as a fantastic campaigner who can reach across boundaries," Tribe said.  "He will make an extraordinarily fine president."

David B. Wilkins , the Kirkland and Ellis professor of law, said he advised Obama to become a Supreme Court Clerk.  "Obama recognized the honor in pursuing that post," Wilkins said, but quickly added that he wasn’t interested.

"He said that he wanted to write a book about his life and his father, go back to Chicago, get back into the community, and run for office there.  He knew exactly what he wanted and went about getting it done," Wilkins said.

Obama works hard to dispel the image of having sought his superstar status. "It's not about me, it's about you," he likes to tell his crowds.  But according to those who know him, he has been talking about the presidency for more than a decade.  "It was clear to me from the day I met him that he was thinking about politics," says Harvard Law School classmate Christine Spurell.

The one thread, that remains consistent, throughout Obama's life, is his teacher's, mentor's and friend's recollection of Obama's single-minded pursuit of high political office.

Understanding Obama As He Understands Himself

Juris Doctor

Obama graduates from Harvard Law School in 1991.  He supposedly received his Juris Doctor law degree, magna cum laude -- although there are no records available to validate this assertion

Law Review

Obama’s College Transcripts
Kevin D. Williamson says count me among those who’d really like to get a good long look at Barack Obama’s college transcripts -- not because I think they would provide evidence for any of the crazy conspiracy talk that infests the fringes of our political discourse, but simply because I want to know what the man studied and what his grades were.

For instance, I’d like to know whether he took any economics and how he did in those classes.  I’m also curious about what his literary studies were: especially, I’d like to know whether the man who wrote two self-important memoirs before he’d done much of anything interesting with his life is sufficiently conversant with the concept of hubris that he might take a moment for self-examination -- because, as the economy slows and the government debt stacks up, the hubris is not the only thing around here looking Greek and tragic.

Some of the people that Williamson insults might think his reasons are frivolous.

The point is, regardless of one's curiosity factor, The American People have a right to know, and a need to know who Obama is, who sent him, and what his agenda is.
The Student Loans
Michelle Obama tells of the collection calls they used to get from the "loan debt people".  Mrs. Obama clearly implies that the family's hardship was caused merely by living in this hellhole that is America, usually right after she mentions their onerous student loans.

However, the Obamas have thus far refused to validate these stories of loan collection, despite requests from Chicago papers, or the source of the debt.  Obama's personal loan of $20,000 to his failed Congressional race seems like a very likely culprit for any loan collection calls they might have received.  Thus, the Obamas should provide the financial records that validate their claims about bill collector calls, if they exist, and be honest about the source of the debt.  Certainly, the loan itself gives lie to the Obamas' stories about their financial hardship due to their being "just regular people"; regular people don't loan themselves large sums of money for rash and obviously doomed congressional races.

The most trivial, and yet in many ways the most revealing, of the Obama campaign distortions involves their incessant invocation of their school loan burdens.  Yet the Chicago Tribune has asked them to produce evidence of their school loans and they've not yet complied. Tellingly, they made too much money since 2000 for their loan interest to be deducted, so they can't even prove that they finally paid off the loans in 2003, as they constantly claim.

Obama received a full scholarship to Occidental, which he rejected after two years in favor of Columbia.  Did he get a similar deal at Columbia?  What grants and loans did the Obamas receive while at Harvard?

Again, these may seem like trivial amounts.  However, the Obamas have consistently presented their life story as a rags to riches tale in which they triumphed over the odds just like ordinary people.  But they've offered no proof.  Given Obama's career reliance on patronage and kingmakers, the reality may be very different from their touching campaign anecdotes.
Obama's Rabbi
The AP reported that attorney Judson Miner, who was the communist mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington's, lawyer, called Harvard to offer a job to a graduating student named Barack Obama and didn’t expect to be showered with gratitude.  Still, he wasn’t expecting the reception he got.  "You can leave your name and take a number," the woman who answered the phone at the Harvard Law Review said breezily.  "You’re No. 647." 

That was 1991 and even then Obama was a hot commodity.  As the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama had his pick of top law firms.  He chose Miner’s Chicago civil rights firm, where he represented community organizers, discrimination victims and black voters trying to force a redrawing of city ward boundaries.
Besuki Redux
"Good Luck, Barry!" the shout gave birth to Indonesia's Obama Fan Club established by the childhood friends and alumni of the Democrat party's presidential candidate. (Photo at link)

The shout of support was given by 18 childhood friends of Barack Obama from when he went to school at SDN 01 Menteng (Besuki Primary School), Indonesia on Saturday, March 1st, 2008, at 2:30pm.


18 of the original 40 of Barack Obama's classmates gathered around in the schoolyard against a backdrop on the roof that read "Good Luck Barry".


Here's another reunion, with photos, of Barry Soetoro classmates in January, 2009.

Alma Matters
Obama’s alma maters -- from his high school to his graduate school -- are planning to claim a small piece of the president-elect at gatherings throughout the inaugural week.

Punahou School alum Steve Case, founder of America Online, will host a brunch for about 250 people, Saint Chu said, many of whom will be making the trek from Hawaii.

Occidental College’s gathering on January 19th will host about 250 people, including alum and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll.

"The reaction has been terrific," said Jim Jacobs, Occidental’s director of alumni relations, saying their 250 reservations are "more than we ever anticipated" for the free celebration.

More than 1,000 Harvard Law School grads have paid $100 per ticket to attend a Sunday, Jan. 18th brunch at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel, once a common place to spot President Abraham Lincoln.  It will be hosted by the school’s dean and recently-tapped U.S. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan.

Only Columbia is not hosting a big party for their presidential grad.

What's the story with Columbia?  What was Obama up to in the years between Occidental and Business International Corp?  He gets back from Pakistan and disappears.  Why is it that nobody -- absolutely nobody -- remembers Obama at Columbia College?  Columbia College of Columbia University is a small school.  Current enrollment is 4,100.

BMOC Wayne Allyn Root says, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me.  I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia.  Ever! ... Nobody recalls him.  I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding.
Obama Should Release His Transcripts
George Joyce reminds us that, in a nationally televised educational address next Tuesday, Barack Obama is scheduled to, according to the Department of Education, "challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning."

Concerns by many Americans that Obama’s televised address to schoolchildren will simply represent a forum for socialist indoctrination are wildly "overwrought" according to a Wall Street Journal editorial today:

"America's children are not so vulnerable that we need to slap an NC-17 rating on Presidential speeches.  Given how many minority children struggle in school, a pep talk from the first African-American President could even do some good."

While the WSJ editors criticized some of the Education Department’s post speech lesson plans they also condemned those "columnists who spy a conspiracy theory behind every Democrat" for "spreading alarm."

Could a pep talk from the first African-American President "do some good" for minority students as the WSJ editors argue?  Back in September of last year Steve Gilbert of Sweetness and Light pondered over our first African-American president’s prior academic performance:

"By his own admission, Obama spent his final two years in high school skipping classes, playing basketball, doing cocaine and getting drunk."

After high school, Gilbert notes the following about Obama:

"Similarly, his admission to Harvard Law School is highly questionable.  Where are his LSAT scores?  And how does one graduate from Columbia without honors and yet get accepted at Harvard Law?  Lastly, his ascendency to the Presidency of the Harvard Law school would appear to have also been a case of blatant affirmative action, since the student Obama had only written one legal paper -- and that was quite short and remarkably undistinguished.  So where are his grade transcripts?"

If Confucius were to describe a democracy, he’d probably say that the people are the "parents" and the rulers are the "children."  Children are normally required by their parents to be open and transparent about their grades at school.  Barack Obama has sealed off his transcripts from the people.

Is it possible for the first African-American president to inspire minority schoolchildren about education when he continues to hide the record of his academic performance?

Many of us had to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for our learning because our gender and skin color actively worked against us on college admissions panels.  There were others however who could get drunk, do cocaine, skip class and still make it to the Ivy League.

Lao Tzu once said that "you gain by losing, lose by gaining."  Now I think I know what he means.
Obama’s Education Records To Remain Sealed
Lynn Sweet is reporting that White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said Obama will not release his academic records, commenting a day after Obama put out his "long form" birth certificate and Donald Trump decided to press his luck by demanding Obama's college transcripts.

"We know this is nonsense," Jarrett said in an interview on The Joe Madison Show on SiriusXM on Thursday morning.  "He is almost 50 years old.  And he is president of the United States, and I don't think anybody will debate his intelligence, and so now we do need to get serious...let's just get serious...get back to focusing on what's important.

Trump, on a Birther roll as he explores a 2012 GOP presidential run, claimed credit for forcing Obama to finally release the "long form," which proved what had been proved before -- Obama was born in Hawaii.  Trump is now on another tangent, asking why Obama never released college transcripts and wondering how he got into Occidental and Harvard.

Jarrett cuts through Trump's barely coded remarks.
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Sweet plays the race card a little more subtly than most "journalists," but there it is, nevertheless.
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