Skip to comments.Barack Obama, Harvard Law Review editor
Posted on 10/21/2008 5:37:22 PM PDT by chet_in_ny
Barack Obama stares silently at a wall of fading black-and-white photographs in the muggy second-floor offices of the Harvard Law Review. He lingers over one row of solemn faces, his predecessors of 40 years ago.
All are men. All are dressed in dark-colored suits and ties. All are white.
It is a sobering moment for Obama, 28, who in February became the first black to be elected president in the 102-year history of the prestigious student-run law journal.
The post, considered the highest honor a student can attain at Harvard Law School, almost always leads to a coveted clerkship with the U.S. Supreme Court after graduation and a lucrative offer from the law firm of one's choice.
Yet Obama, who has gone deep into debt to meet the $25,000-a-year cost of a Harvard Law School education, has left many in disbelief by asserting that he wants neither.
"One of the luxuries of going to Harvard Law School is it means you can take risks in your life," Obama said recently. "You can try to do things to improve society and still land on your feet. That's what a Harvard education should buy-enough confidence and security to pursue your dreams and give something back."
After graduation next year, Obama says he probably will spend two years at a corporate law firm, then look for community work. Down the road, he plans to run for public office.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...
Tell us, Obama, who bought your Harvard education?
He still can not prove where he lived while there - most believe he lived with Ayers and Dhorn off the Columbia campus.
How many of the previous heads of law review were selected when they were freshmen?
Wiki - "In 1976, Estrich was elected the first female president/editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law"
A precursor to "bitter clingers" ?
The stupid news media can’t even get its facts straight about that. They are truly pathetic, and truly Obama flunkies.
Referring to his fellow students at the review, whom he edits, he said: “These are the people who will be running the country in some form or other when they graduate. If I’m talking to a white conservative who wants to dismantle the welfare state, he has the respect to listen to me and I to him. That’s the biggest value of the Harvard Law Review. Ideas get fleshed out and there is no party line to follow.”
“How many of the previous heads of law review were selected when they were freshmen?”
Wasn’t he a second year law student when he was elected?
The Law Review is public. Surely there is an example of "his writing" in the public domain.
I had heard it was his first year but don’t know for certain. It’s not like he volunteers any information about his past.
Supposedly he never submitted anything to the law review, or if he did, I remember hearing that he was never published.
He can edit HLR, but can he cook?
Well, then, he sure wasn't elected on the strength of "his writing" at Harvard.
When did he write his faux autobiographies?
“He still can not prove where he lived while there”
In his car?
...was talking about the time at columbia...
The article says he was elected president of the law review, not editor. Was he the editor as well? I read awhile back that the president position was something of a popularity contest, while the editor position always went to the real brains/top of the class academically types.
Obama was selected to be an editor of the law review at the end of his first year, along with about 40 others, which is the standard practice. In February of his second year, he was elected president of the review.
I got a response to my criticsim of the LATimes article that ran on Sarah Palin this morning... completely missed the point
Thank you for writing. Here are citations for three stories that address Obama in college. Just because you are not paying attention does not mean we have not addressed the topic.
Saturday January 27, 2007
Early on, Obama showed talent for bridging divisions
Home Edition, Main News, Page A-1
31 inches; 1073 words
By Richard A. Serrano and David G. Savage, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s entry into politics came on a winter morning at the white-columned Harvard Law Review building when, about 2 a.m., a deeply divided editorial staff chose him as the first African American to lead the prestigious publication.
Monday January 29, 2007
Occidental recalls ‘Barry’ Obama
* The Eagle Rock liberal arts college is quick to claim the Illinois Democrat as an alum. He says he has ‘fond memories’ of the school.
Home Edition, California, Page B-1
40 inches; 1321 words
By Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Memories of 1980 at Occidental College’s Haines Hall have the standard fragments of the era: stereos blasting the B-52’s through the dorm, pot-fueled bull sessions about the revival of draft registration, late-night cramming for economics exams.
That otherwise private nostalgia took on public significance this month when a former Haines Hall resident from Hawaii known at the time as Barry announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is usually described as an alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and of Harvard Law School.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
In search of identity
* Barack Obama, half black and half white, fights the undertow of race.
Home Edition, Main News, Page A-1
97 inches; 4224 words
Type of Material: Profile
By Thomas Curwen, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Barack Obama introduced himself to America by painting a picture of a country that was united, somehow, in spite of itself.
The pundits, he said in the keynote address to the Democratic convention, like to “slice and dice” the country: red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats.
“But I’ve got news for them too: We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.”
His task that night was to ready the crowd for the presidential nominee, John F. Kerry, but in the end his words were most memorable for an argument that challenged the partisan divide and was built on the foundation of his own unique story. Since then, it’s become a familiar element of his speeches. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.
What a fascinating read!
Very enlightening... is there a chance we could get a piece on the Obama years in Columbia and Harvard?
Perhaps you could unseal his transcripts and let us good folk take a look? After all, you’ve had 2 years to write something on our soon to be Commander and Chief, we should get a tiny glipse into His Majesty, yes?
I sit & wait with baded breath for the day that Dr. Al-Mansour reveals he paid his way into Harvard with Saudi oil funds and Percy Sutton’s “naiveity” is invalidated... or perhaps an explaination how the president of the Harvard Law Review was able to skate by with writing 1 paper throughout his entire tenure? To make it really simple, how about the bizarre fact that the intelligentsia backs a candidate who refuses to release any records that would only prove to verify his terrific educational accumen?
It’s no wonder the Times is raking in the ad revenue hand-over-fist... with page-turning, hard-hitting exposes like this, I can barely wait for the next hit pie— err, investigative report!