Skip to comments.Did Obama really teach Constitutional Law?
Posted on 04/05/2012 11:47:27 AM PDT by reaganaut1
As reported in a Wall Street Journal column:
He spoke slowly, with long pauses, giving the sense that he was speaking with great thought and precision: "Well, first of all, let me be very specific. Um [pause], we have not seen a court overturn [pause] a [pause] law that was passed [pause] by Congress on [pause] a [pause] economic issue, like health care, that I think most people would clearly consider commerce. A law like that has not been overturned [pause] at least since Lochner, right? So we're going back to the '30s, pre-New Deal."
Lochner v. New York is one of the most important cases in Constitutional Law. How could someone who was supposed to be a professor of Constitutional Law at a top-14 law school not know that Lochner v. New York was about the Supreme Court overturning a New York STATE statute and not a federal statute? And then he was thirty years off because Lochner was decided in 1905.
I used to think Obama earned his magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, but now I have to wonder.
Once again, Obama should have said what I wrote a few days ago:
The Supreme Court hasnt found a major piece of economic legislation unconstitutional for violating the enumerated powers of Congress since the 1930s.
My statement is true, what Obama keeps saying shows a lack of understanding of Constitutional Law.
in his dreams ?
Zero said he wanted to be very specific (and he spoke slowly!) and still Carney said we misunderstood him. How stupid does the zero administration think the American people are?
Are we certain that the individual now claiming to be Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. is the same individual who attended Harvard Law School?
It was pointed out to me yesterday, Obama was a lecturer, not a teacher/professor.
Abner Mikva taught Con Law while Obama was a fellow at U of Chicago Law School. Obama taught an elective course, Race and the Law.
Very...and many are or we wouldn't have who is seated in the highest office of the land if there wasn't truth to that.
They all wanted that "tingle up their leg"...so easy to ask how does that feel now!...Trouble is they can't discern the difference.
Obama is an ultra-partisan boob.
He was given a lecturer position on Con Law at University of Chicago by his cronies.
He is not a published Con Law professor.
The only published documents available for Obama are his ghost-written books.
Barry never did anything that’s documented. This guy, for all intents and purposes is a community organizer of half witted minorities in Chicago! No offense to half witted minorities, but just D@mn!
Folks, this guy wouldn’t have made it anywhere except for his skin color!
On second thought, screw the flames!
Yes, and not a regular lecturer either. The job was created specifically for him; there was no lecturer occupying the job before him, and none after.
I think it’s safe to assume that Bill Ayers et al pulled some strings to get him the gig simply to puff up his resume before he ran for office.
Obama is not found of the Constition and particularly the Bill of Rights and any powers reserved for the people or the states.
He views our rights as “negative rights” which tells the government precisely what it cannot do.
He wants a set of “positive rights” declared which would tell us all the neat things the Federal government can and should od for the rest of us “masses.”
Obama is a walking., talking marxist ideolog at heart...a command economy and society waiting to happen...and all his talk about the Constitution is tainted and painted with that hue.
Obama in his own words about the Constitution to NPR in 2001
The Man Who Despises America
There’s been great confusion on that question. Actually, it was Soviet Constitutional Law Comrade Obama taught, not a course about the U.S. Constitution.
There’s a nice write up about this “Perfessor” thing at factcheck.org. Obozo lectured on the “Equal Protection” clause in the 14th Amendment...and that was about it. He used it solely as a race baiting teachable moment...
Obama is not now, and never was a law professor. There is no documented proof that he ever graduated from anything even high school, much less that he was ever a professor.
He is a fraud and a liar. The Leftists at Harvard had him hanging around as a token. And I guess it has been said that he guest lectured a couple of times. As always with everything about Obama, this is another undocumented and unproven claim.
I’m surprised they resurrected this law professor nonsense. It has be shown to be a completely undocumented claim. And frankly, I’m tired of hearing it. It is insulting to all of us.
Why didn’t they just make him an astronaut, or a race car driver? He never did that either. What’s the difference.
“He is not a published Con Law professor.
The only published documents available for Obama are his ghost-written books.”
No one has seen ANY of his thesis papers if he ever did one, nor transcripts.
I took mostly engineering, science, math and economics in College. Most of these are no-nonsense knowledge application stuff.
But I did have some electives too. I had to take management classes and a speech class. I have always been an articulate and confident speaker in public. I figured it would be a fun class for me, provide some practice and earn a pretty easy A. That is until I received my grade on the first speech. This was my introduction to the liberal arts side of things and professors that were ‘out of their’ minds on real world application of a collegiate education.
When it came time to give our first 5 minute speech to the class I was the third to go. I nailed it. The young woman that followed me was horribly nervous. She cried in front of class and couldn't even read from her notes. She didn't finish the 5 minute speech. Another guy read verbatim his entire speech from his notes. I recall saying a prayer of thanks to the Lord for some of the many talents he bestowed on me and prayed to help some others get through this class. It was painful until I learned of my grade and that of others. I received a D! The girl that couldn't finish received an A and the guy that read his entire speech received a B.
I had a meeting with the “tenured professor” to get some help on what the problem was as there was no explanation on my graded research and note cards (that I did not need to use but was required to turn in). She stated that she graded on the potential of the student and these first few grades didn't mean much. “You shouldn't be discussing grades between yourselves anyway.”
My point? Professors are WAY overrated with regards to their supposed “expertise”. I don't trust the expertise of academia for real world application any more than I trust the assembly instructions for a yo-yo made in China.
I'm not surprised that Obama doesn't really understand the Constitution or the founding documents and values of this nation.
One thing about these FRthreads, one sees a bunch of future Winstons needing a “correction” How many fingers, Winston?
Did Obama ever do much of ANYTHING? Whatever he pontificated about the Constitution while lecturing impressionable undergrads, had little to do with the virtues of the Constitution, but concentrated almost exclusively on the FLAWS.
Nuances and penumbrations to be found in various rulings were highly magnified, while the clear language of both the Constitution and the various Amendments was glossed over, or ignored entirely.
There are different ways to “teach” the Constitution. Obama was only looking for loopholes and internal contradictions, or what he hoped were contradictions.
Obama did NOT teach “ConLaw”.
He lectured on community activism during presentations labeled “ConLaw”.
If there were evidence to the contrary, we’d have seen it by now.
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