An article published in The Free Patriot claims that President Obama did not attend Columbia University, as is listed in his credentials. It states that no one at the 30-year Columbia reunion remembers seeing him on the college campus during the years leading up to Obama’s 1983 graduation.
This is, of course, not a new accusation. It comes up from time to time, just as it did during the last presidential election.
Interestingly, Wayne Allen Root, the author of, “Barack Obama: The Ghost of Columbia University” admits in the same article that he believes Obama did attend and graduate from Columbia University. He says:
“So here’s my take on this great mystery. I’ve never said Obama was not registered at Columbia. I’m sure he was. I’ve never said he didn’t graduate. If Columbia says he did, then I’m sure he did. But I’ve always said there is something wrong with the story. It’s rancid. It’s unbelievable. It’s impossible.”
So what is rancid, unbelievable and impossible? Let’s look at a few points from the article.
1) Obama could not have been a student at Columbia University because the author and his former classmates did not remember seeing him on campus. The author says, “I am a graduate of Columbia University, Class of 1983. That’s the same class Barack Obama claims to have graduated from. We shared the same exact major- Political Science. We were both Pre-Law. It was a small class- about 700 students.” So the author and his reunion friends did not remember seeing Obama’s face in the crowd of 700 in the class. Is that really so unbelievable? Obama was obviously not in the social circle of the author or others who did not see him. He was a young, Afro-wearing black student who was not on the author’s radar, or that of his friends. They likely passed him many times on campus, as they said they would have, but obviously paid him no attention.
2) Obama’s Columbia University records are sealed, so he has something to hide. The author asks, “Why are his college records sealed? What has he got to hide?” Actually, the records are not sealed, but are simply considered to be confidential — as are the records of all U.S. college and university students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 makes it illegal for Columbia University to release Obama’s records without his prior written permission. In fact, President Bush did not authorize his Yale college records to be released during his presidency; but they were leaked to the newspapers against his wishes.
3) Obama, the classmate, had the face of a future President and would certainly have been remembered. Really? The author says, “No one ever met him. Even worse, no one even remembers seeing that unique memorable face. Think about this for a minute. Our classmate is President of the United States. Shouldn’t someone remember him? Or at least claim to remember him?” First of all, Obama wasn’t President of the U.S. when he was in college; so he wasn’t ‘memorable’ because of that. Second, the author did not poll everyone who attended Columbia during those 4 years, only the relative few who attended the reunions. And finally, Obama was an academically-oriented student who spent his time studying to graduate and get into Harvard Law School. He had little or no time to party, socialize and hang out — especially with classmates he didn’t know.
4) There were witnesses that Obama was a student, but they don’t count. The author admits there is proof that Obama was at Columbia. “There is one single article written for the Columbia newspaper with Obama’s name on it. A single photo also exists of Obama in his Manhattan apartment with the man he claims was his college roommate- a Pakistani foreign student. And one single radical leftist Columbia professor who hates Israel also claims he remembers Obama.” So the bottom line is that Obama authored an article at Columbia, there is a photograph with him and his roommate, and a professor remembers him as a student. However, the author tosses this evidence aside because of his own prejudices.
5) Columbia University says Obama was a student, so we have to believe them. The author wraps up the article by saying, “After all, Columbia says he graduated. And I take my college’s word for it. Would one of the world’s greatest Ivy League institutions participate in a cover-up, thereby risking their billion dollar reputation?” Root admits that Columbia University is above reproach, is one of the top universities in the world, and has a spotless reputation. Their officials said Obama attended, so it has to be true, according to the author.
Obviously, Root doesn’t believe his own article title. He realizes, to his credit, that President Obama was no ghost, but rather an accomplished Columbia University graduate.
Harvard University, which accepted Barack Obama into its elite law school, believed him to be prime law school material. Obama would not have been admitted into the top law school in the U.S. without graduating from Columbia with a high grade point average and an exemplary college record.
In fact, Harvard Law School is one of the most selective law schools in the country. For the entering class of fall 2015, the number of applicants was 5,438. Only 865 students were accepted. The average GPA (grade point average) of those accepted was 3.95 (out of 4.0) for 75% of those accepted, and 3.77 for the remaining 25%. The law school’s class of 2012 had a 99% graduation rate.
Of course, it is public record that Obama distinguished himself as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, a scholarly and well-regarded publication.
For those who question whether President Obama ever really attended Harvard, check out Harvard University’s own webpage of ‘Notable Graduates’. You will find Barack Obama’s name there, along with the names of former presidents George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his cousin Theodore Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams and his father, John Adams. (You may also find a few surprises on that list, as I did.)
Many professors, classmates and staff fondly remember their encounters with Barack Obama on the Harvard campus, including Professor Laurence Tribe, who hired Obama as a research assistant immediately after first meeting him. A quote from an article on the Harvard Law School website entitled, “Obama First Made History at HLS”, states:
“Obama helped research a complicated article Tribe wrote making connections between physics and constitutional law as well as a book about abortion. The following year, Obama enrolled in Tribe’s constitutional law course. Tribe likes to say he had taught about 4,000 students before Obama and another 4,000 since, yet none has impressed him more.”
So there is nothing rancid, unbelievable or impossible about Obama having attended Columbia University.
According to Wayne Allen Root, and Harvard Law School, Obama was there.
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