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Barack Obama 83, My Columbia College Roommate
Columbia College Today - Alumni Corner ^ | Jan/Feb. 2009 | By Phil Boerner 84

Posted on 02/19/2010 5:44:47 PM PST by Smokeyblue

I was Barack Obama ’83’s roommate at Columbia College in fall 1981. I met him in 1979, when we were freshmen at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles and our dorm rooms were directly opposite each other.

I came to college as a middle-class guy from Bethesda, Md., where I’d lived from fifth grade through high school. At Oxy, we attended some of the same social events and had late-night philosophical discussions related to our college reading or to current affairs. We attended rallies on campus where we were urged to “draft beer, not people,” and discussed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, apartheid in South Africa, the hostages in Iran and the Contras in Latin America. The crowd we hung out with included men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics and international students. Barack listened carefully to all points of view and he was funny, smart, thoughtful and well-liked. It was easy to sit down with him and have a fun conversation.

We both transferred from Oxy to Columbia in fall 1981. Barack had found an apartment on West 109th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus, and suggested that I room with him. Our sublet was a third-story walk-up in a so-so neighborhood; the unit next door was burned out and vacant. The doorbell didn’t work; to be let in when I first arrived I had to yell up to Barack from the street. It was a railroad apartment: From the kitchen, you walked into Barack’s room, then my room, and lastly the living room. We didn’t have a television or computers. In that apartment we hosted a number of visitors, mostly friends from Oxy who stayed overnight when they were passing through town. Barack was very generous to these visitors. As a host and roommate, he sometimes did the shopping and cooked

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To: stanley windrush

I’m the exact age as these people and it was sometime around ‘79 we had to sign up for selective service. It was during that time that concerns about the draft came up again.


21 posted on 02/19/2010 6:15:05 PM PST by weef
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To: Smokeyblue

BS!!!this comes out just as Reverend Manning’s video?

Lends credence to what I had supposed was a crazy rant....


22 posted on 02/19/2010 6:15:09 PM PST by mo
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To: Smokeyblue
This one article appears to have been used quite extensively by the libtards to prove that the Zero attended Columbia. There are some inaccuracies in the authors story(draft was discontinued 10 years before, the Iranian hostages were already released, to name a few)that make this whole story ring not quite accurate...bordering on fantasy.
23 posted on 02/19/2010 6:17:18 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Smokeyblue; Candor7; Beckwith; Fred Nerks; BIGLOOK; LucyT; forkinsocket

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/writers/phil-boerner


24 posted on 02/19/2010 6:17:28 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I kinda thought the reference to no computer at the time was odd, since few people would have had them at that time. I mean it’s true, but why mention it?


25 posted on 02/19/2010 6:21:16 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

Odd, isn’t it? I don’t really have anything to say about it other than how remarkably inconsequential the story is....but after a figurative .0001 mm Hg near-absolute vacuum of info about this guy’s history and background, most notably stuff that should be readily obtainable....what comes out is this utter nothingburger.

You know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of those old pix of Stalin along the River Neva in St. Petersburg (somebody posted it the other day) where pix #1 has Uncle Joe and three cohorts, and pix #2 has only two guys in it...with the river, complete with waves, painstakingly painted in in place of the missing guy’s image. As if he were never there.

Except this is in reverse.


26 posted on 02/19/2010 6:21:19 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: Soothesayer

hahaha sounds a bit contrived.


27 posted on 02/19/2010 6:21:30 PM PST by dalebert
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To: Smokeyblue

My views and those of several people I know, changed a lot from College, until today.

Mine shifted about 180 degrees, around age 28.


28 posted on 02/19/2010 6:24:04 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: crazyhorse691

So this is old news. I was reading a different article about Obama and then googled “Barack+columbia” and it came up.

It’s the first time I’ve heard of this guy.


29 posted on 02/19/2010 6:27:37 PM PST by Smokeyblue
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To: campaignPete R-CT

30 posted on 02/19/2010 6:33:16 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: Smokeyblue

I recall it was “Draft Beer Not Students” as opposed to People.


31 posted on 02/19/2010 6:35:22 PM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: george76
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The same rug on the floor, but nothing else it the same...

32 posted on 02/19/2010 6:36:20 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Smokeyblue

Until I read that the “roomie” said he had a wife, the story read like a boyfriend/boyfriend love story.

where are the pics of this guy with Barry?


33 posted on 02/19/2010 6:43:19 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: stanley windrush

Not only that, but the Iran-Contra stuff hadn’t happened yet.


34 posted on 02/19/2010 6:50:17 PM PST by visualops (Freepin' on my Pre!)
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To: stanley windrush
I believe the draft ended in 1975.

Actually, drafting people into the Army ended in 1971, but the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 had prompted Pres Carter to reinstitute draft registration for 18 year olds. It wasn't the draft that students were protesting in 1980, but the requirement to register for a new draft.

35 posted on 02/19/2010 6:52:42 PM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Smokeyblue

Check this out.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/recollections-of-obamas-ex-roommate/


36 posted on 02/19/2010 6:58:15 PM PST by Smokeyblue
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To: visualops
Not only that, but the Iran-Contra stuff hadn’t happened yet.
He doesn't say Iran-Contra, which didn't come to light until later. He says the hostages in Iran and Contras in Latin American, which were certainly part of the news at the time.
37 posted on 02/19/2010 6:59:17 PM PST by drjimmy
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To: Smokeyblue

“We attended rallies on campus where we were urged to “draft beer, not people,”

Hmmm. That sounds like a relic from the 60’s, not the 80’s. There was no draft in 1983. That sounds like an inauthentic detail.


38 posted on 02/19/2010 6:59:51 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Smokeyblue
In that apartment we hosted a number of visitors, mostly friends from Oxy
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A number of visitors? Hm? As in a lot?

Gee! I would think these visitors would have come forward. Imagine visiting a person who would later become the president of the United States of America.

I would think they would be pleased to give interviews about these visits.

39 posted on 02/19/2010 7:01:11 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: Fred Nerks

Ping


40 posted on 02/19/2010 7:04:32 PM PST by AdamBomb
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