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Frontline Interview of Tom Topolinski, former Obama classmate and "Choom Gang" member
PBS's Frontline ^ | October 11, 2012 | Jim Gilmore

Posted on 10/10/2012 11:05:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Talk a little bit first about Punahou, the school you guys went to -- what it was like, what it looked like, how you guys all ended up there, what the environment was like.

Yeah, to me, Punahou represented the best of students that had potential. It was a very high-standard type school. I do remember that even as kids we were always thinking about, man, I'd really want to go to Punahou because that is the cat's meow. It seemed as though everybody who was anybody had a kid in there or two. …

How about Barry Obama? How did he fit in?

You know, when I first met Barry, obviously he stood out because he's half-African American, and at the time there were just a few or handful of blacks, as it were, on campus. I never really put him in a different category than any of us, because we're all multiracial. I'm Polish and Chinese. It's not uncommon in Hawaii to have these races that just like to mix it up.

But at the same time, Barry, he looked black. In our day it was kind of cool to have a friend that was diverse and out of the ordinary. It wasn't the exception, but it was more the rule, that you had to be mixed to feel mixed in with the mixed races. And Barry was very gregarious, very happy, very outgoing. He was very, very easily [sic] to befriend.

And how did he fit into the school? Did he have problems? Was he considered to some extent the smart kid? What was he considered?

You know, Barry, to me, wore a lot of hats...

(Excerpt) Read more at pbs.org ...


TOPICS: Education; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: choomgang; frontline; hawaii; obama; punahou; topolinski

1 posted on 10/10/2012 11:05:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: nutmeg

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2 posted on 10/10/2012 11:11:49 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is this the same Dictator who barely even calls anyone in our REPRESENTATIVE Congress?


3 posted on 10/10/2012 11:12:46 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Duuuuuuuuude!


4 posted on 10/10/2012 11:31:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the summary of the article is that in Jr. High and High School he was a smooth-talking pothead who liked basketball. Doesn’t seem like he’s changed all that much.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 11:31:52 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 10/10/2012 11:40:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: af_vet_rr

Good summary.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 11:48:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So... Barry wasn’t a ‘disadvantaged YUTE’ like he claimed ?


8 posted on 10/10/2012 11:51:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fewer people liked him then and more people dislike him now.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 2:03:54 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"When you hear about the school, it's a prep school, I guess, a private school that is renowned for sending people to Ivy League, and very successful people come out of it. I guess some people consider it sort of a rich-kid, more exclusive kind of place. But Obama wasn't rich or anything, was he?"

Who paid for this exclusive private school.?
Later in the article it is mentioned his grandparents and Zer0 lived in a tiny apt.
So, either the grandparents sacrificed, scrimped on themselves to send Zer0 to his school or someone else paid the bill.
I'm very curious.

10 posted on 10/11/2012 2:19:43 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Vinnie
Another classmate says in this article he was on a scholarship.
11 posted on 10/11/2012 3:26:05 AM PDT by Todd_Gray
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To: af_vet_rr

“So the summary of the article is that in Jr. High and High School he was a smooth-talking pothead who liked basketball. Doesn’t seem like he’s changed all that much.”

Bears repeating.


12 posted on 10/11/2012 3:34:00 AM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms)
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To: FryingPan101

Wow. We had groups like that in high school. I didn’t hang around with them because they were always stoned. We called them losers.

Most of them are teachers now.


13 posted on 10/11/2012 5:42:26 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (MIf you are a white conservative, you MUST be a racist. ;-))
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