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barack obama as a studentAn 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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12 Responses to “Did President Obama Attend Columbia University?”

  • Professor Henry Graff Says:
    June 10th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I am Professor Henry Graff : “I’m very upset by the whole story. I am angry when I hear Obama called ‘the first President of the United States from Columbia University.’ I don’t consider him a Columbia student. I have no idea what he did on the Columbia campus. No one knows him. There are no photos of him at any campus functions and he has no known friends out of the class of 702 students.

  • Gene Says:
    June 17th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Although a diploma is listed on the Columbia website Professor Graff has also said “Something smells fishy at Columbia University” In light of all the other scandals coming to light I bet we find out Obamas whole life was fabericated.

    June 17 Breaking News: Congressman Jeff Duncan Calls
    For Investigation Into Obama Identity Fraud http://networkedblogs.com/MhwJt

    n June 13, 2013, Judge Lamberth Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave leave of court to file 74 pages of motions and exhibits submitted by Attorney Orly Taitz in case 11-cv-402 Taitz v Astrue (Michael Astrue was the Commissioner of the Social Security at the time the case was originally filed, currently it is Carolyn W.Colvin)

    This is significant, as the motions attached herein show that Barack Obama is using a stolen Social Security number of Harrison J. Bounel, born in 1890, immigrant from Russia, who is presumed to be deceased.

    At the time the case was originally filed and heard, the plaintiffs did not have new information that became available recently. Such information includes recently released census data which shows Harrison J. Bounel being born in 1890, recent disclosure to the public of the 120 year SSA rule, which requires release of SS-5, Social Security original application of “extremely aged individuals”, meaning individuals of 120 years old or older without a consent of such individual and without a death certificate or any other proof of death, as well as recent report from Merlins Information Systems showing Barack Obama using both Bounel’s name and Social Security number in connection to his property at 5046 Greenwood in Chicago as late as 2009.

    All of this information placed Obama in the corner and with no way out. (not counting his planned trip to Africa, of course). Holder Department of Justice has until 06.27.2013 to file an opposition on behalf of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, however at this time Social Security Administration cannot provide any justification or opposition. Holder , Obama and Carolyn W. Colvin, new Commissioner of SSA have to produce the application, which was filed by Harrison J. Bounel and which would be sufficient evidence not only for an impeachment of Obama, but also for criminal prosecution of Obama. See the attachments at Orly Taitz webiste …http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=425005

    This is the First Page showing motion is granted :) https://docs.google.com/gview?url=http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Astrue-Leave-of-Court-by-Judge-Lamberth.pdf&chrome=true

    74 Pages of public court filings the details that will expose Obama’s fraud to the America people: https://docs.google.com/gview?url=http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Taitz-v-Astrue-Corrected-motion-for-recon-05.23.2013.pdf&chrome=true

  • JH4Freedom Says:
    June 18th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Professor Graff adds to the legend of Barack Hussein Obama. Has Graff read the Columbia Sundial article “Breaking the War Mentality” written by Barack Obama for the March 10, 1983 edition?
    Has Graff glanced at David Maraniss’s biography of Obama and looked at the names of people Maraniss interviewed concerning Obama’s Columbia years?
    Did the name Barack Obama just magically appear in every copy of the Columbia College Graduation Day program for 1983 that may still exist?
    Did Barack Obama get accepted to Harvard Law School (where he graduated Magna cum Laude) with only two years of college under his belt?

  • Gene Says:
    June 21st, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Hey JH4Freedom What’s really interesting that is no other president has ever had so many issues with documents such a simple birth certificate. I watched the hour long detailed explanation from forensic experts showing how the birth certificate was faked. If this happened to any other person in before a jury of peers it would leave absolutely no doubt that what the Whitehouse released as the official document is a fake. These forensic tests work for everything else and stand as hard evidence of a crime. It’s not just the birth certificate Obama has used 39 social security numbers and one he used on the last tax return filed in 2012 is from a dead person . Even a 5th grader can see this truth. Why does Putin have to remind Obama that his country over came socialism and the people of Russia have cried for decades about the injustices of socialism. The only reason is because Obama is fraud set up by an elite group of super rich to Kill off those they consider unnecessary and enslave the remaining so they can be the kings of the earth.


  • Gene Says:
    June 26th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    June 26 2013: A whistle-blower from Higher Education Services Corporation in Albany New York came forward and advised Attorney Orly Taitz that she personally reviewed Barack Obama’s financial aid information, which stated that financial aid was given to Obama as foreign student and as a citizen of Indonesia.

    Additionally, Obama failed to submit the Appellee’s brief in Taitz v Obama, Feinstein, Emken. This is an appeal, which was reinstated by the Chief Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Kathleen O’Leary. Appellant Taitz filed her Appellant’s brief.

    Appellees failed to file an Appellees’ brief. They were given additional 15 days and they failed again. Attorney Taitz submitted a notice of failure by Appellees to file an Appellee’s brief and provided the court with this additional information, as part of the appeal revolves around the decision by the Superior Court judge Charles Marginis to rule in favor of the Occidental college and deny a motion to compel production of a redacted college registration for Obama in light of over a 100 pages of records showing Obama to be a citizen of Indonesia using forged and fraudulently obtained IDs. Find out more at Dr Taitz website http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/

  • Gene Says:
    June 26th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Judge Oleary June 25 2013 Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary was appointed to the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, in December 1999. Her appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on January 21, 2000. In November 2002, Justice O’Leary was elected by the voters of the Fourth District (Imperial, Inyo, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties) to the same office.
    In January 2006, Justice O’Leary received the Franklin G. West Award, the Orange County Bar Association’s highest honor. This award is presented each year to an outstanding attorney or judge whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law.
    Throughout her judicial career, Justice O’Leary has been active in judicial and law-related education efforts. She is a past member and past chair of the Governing Committee of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). She has consistently worked to improve the administration of justice through comprehensive and quality education and training for judicial officers and other judicial branch personnel. In addition to teaching a number of courses for California judicial officers, judicial branch staff, law enforcement and lawyers, she has taught courses for the judiciary of sister states, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Judicial College. In 2003, Justice O’Leary was presented with the Bernard S. Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service in Judicial Education by the California Judges Association.
    Justice O’Leary has served by appointment of the Chief Justice as a member of the Judicial Council of California, the constitutionally mandated body responsible for improving the administration of justice in California, on a number of its advisory committees, and on numerous Judicial Council task forces. Justice O’Leary’s contributions to judicial administration were recognized by the Judicial Council when she was named Jurist of the Year in 1999.
    Prior to her appointment to the appellate court, Justice O’Leary served on the Orange County Superior Court. She was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court on July 1, 1986, by Governor George Deukmejian, and was in her third term as the Presiding Judge of that court when elevated to the Court of Appeal. Justice O’Leary began her judicial career at the West Orange County Municipal Court in 1981, where she also served both as the Presiding Judge and the Assistant Presiding Judge.
    Justice O’Leary attended Marymount College at Loyola University, now Loyola Marymount University and received her juris doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law.

    This lovely Justice residing over Orange County CA has granted a hearing on the Obama fraud matter read the court order document here: http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Taitz-v-Obama-Oral-argument.jpg

  • genes Says:
    June 28th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    BREAKING NEWS June 28 2013 — Feds Default, Fail To Provide Answer In Case Involving Obama’s Use Of A Stolen Social Security Number… ‘Blatant Admission Of Guilt’

    The United States Government failed to furnish an opposition or a response to the motion for reconsideration seeking SS-5, Social Security application for Social Security number 042-68-4425 which was assigned to Harrison J. Bounel and which Obama is fraudulently using.

    When there is a default on a case it is the same as a pleading of “No Contest.” By not showing up and defending themselves is a blatant admission of guilt. This is going to get very interesting in the coming weeks… RedFlagNews.com will update this story as it develops.


  • Kathy Says:
    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Video Flashback: Barack Obama Speaking In Western Kenya With Mass Murderer Raila Odinga: “I Am So Proud To Come Back Home…” – August 26, 2006 – Hat tip to RS. Clip embedded below… – See more at: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/video-obama-speaking-in-kenya-with-mass.html#sthash.zlyzaONm.dpuf


  • Kathy Says:
    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    2007: Michelle Obama declares Obama is Kenyan and America is mean – 2:00 min mark: – See more at: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/video-obama-speaking-in-kenya-with-mass.html#sthash.zlyzaONm.dpuf

  • Kathy Says:
    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    2008: Michelle Obama declares Barack Obama’s Home country is Kenya: – See more at: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/video-obama-speaking-in-kenya-with-mass.html#sthash.zlyzaONm.dpuf

  • Bill Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Obama Student ID Card A picture is worth 1000 words

  • Dr Kenneth Noisewater Says:
    January 27th, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Bill that’s been long debunked. Columbia didn’t start using digital IDs until the 90s. The photo is not from 1983 but rather from the 90s and was on Obama’s state senate site. Also the template that the photoshopper used has been found. It’s that of Thomas Lugert who attended in the 90s

    You’ve been had

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