Skip to comments.Obama's outrageous oversight
Posted on 02/12/2009 5:49:29 AM PST by Sergeant Tim
Evidently the former editor of the Harvard Law Review seems to think that one of his powers as president is personally to pick and choose which constitutional rights apply to terror defendants and which do not. That's the very thing they were criticizing President Bush for.
White House Counsel Greg Craig, often seen whispering in the president's ear during question periods, admitted later to Ms. Burlingame that the chief executive was getting the facts of the law wrong during the discussion with the families. Craig asked her if CIPA covers a case in which terrorists defend themselves, noting that "this is something we hadn't contemplated." If nothing else, this admission of ignorance is more evidence that the decision to rush ahead with closing Guantanamo and shutting down the military tribunals was ill-conceived, poorly planned, and may ultimately be injurious to our national security.
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The year Obama got elected as President of the Harvard Law Review, they changed the criteria so that more minorities could be represented. It was not based primarily on scholarship and academic performance. Obama himself has been quoted as saying that he was the beneficiary of affirmative action.
The major difference for me, is that I really like the dog, and I cant stand Obama.
"Ms. Burlingame is an attorney who has followed closely the legal aspects of the terrorism cases, and her detailed, probing questions were met with stammers, stares, ...The teleprompter must have been out-of-order.
We elected someone with nothing more than “homecoming king” on his resume.
You are correct. Archived NYT article:
"The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago's South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii. "
He knows so little it is stunning.
Probably the most intellectually inept of the men to hold the office in modern times.
Fiscally weak, morally adrift, mentally incurious. Being led by socialists of his choosing.
The media cheered and encouraged his election, and his worshipers got the empty suit.
We’ve put a high school quarterback in the Super Bowl and surrounded him with the varsity cheerleaders.
The average Obama voter would understand the language but never comprehend the thought.
"Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77......
"Her impression was that President Obama was saying the right words in general, but when it came to specifics he was uncertain, uninformed, and sometimes just plain mistaken. Ms. Burlingame is an attorney who has followed closely the legal aspects of the terrorism cases, and her detailed, probing questions were met with stammers, stares, and statements that betrayed an understanding of the law that was, she said, "flat out wrong."
What disturbs me is that the general public is utterly ignorant of WHY these guys were sent to Gitmo. The stock answer is that "so they could be tortured." If you ask "what was the stated reason given by the Bush administration?", you get a blank stare....from law students!
Re the Dog Show. By marginalizing the criteria by which a champion of all breeds is chosen, in this case making a dog a champ because of the sympathy felt for him, renders those who won before him something less then champions as they were.
The same sort of thing happened when they gave the Nobel Peace prise to Passer Arafat. That award has lost every single bit of it’s prestige for anyone who has a modicum of common sense.
My apologies but I have wanted a place to park the following comment on our prez....(not mine) but everyone’s:
“Dummer ‘n a bar of soap!”
Boy that felt good!
Must be something in that Kool Aid they like so much.
Obama’s learning curve is going to kill us.
I think the Bamster is winning the most disliked contest between Bill Clinton and himself. You will not see Obama shaking hands on a rope line as Clinton did. I think the Bamster is to much of a coward.
On February 6th, 1990, Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.
He manages to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review without ever publishing a SINGLE piece of signed, written work — not one!
Update: Politico claims that an unsigned — and previously unattributed — 1990 article was produced by Obama and offers a glimpse at hi’s views on abortion policy and the law during his student days, and provides a rare addition to his body of work.
The six-page summary, tucked into the third volume of the year’s Harvard Law Review, considers the charged, if peripheral, question of whether fetuses should be able to file lawsuits against their mothers. Obama’s answer: No.
I sent Politico an email asking how they knew the document was produced by Obama, since it is “unsigned — and previously unattributed.” They never responded.
Obamas timing, however, was better than his writing. In the same spring 1990 term that he would stand for the presidency, the Harvard Law School found itself embroiled in an explosive racial brouhaha.
Black firebrand law professor Derrick Bell was demanding that the Harvard Law School appoint a black woman to the law faculty.
This protest would culminate in vigils and protests by the racially sensitive student body, in the course of which Obama would compare the increasingly absurd Bell to Rosa Parks.
Feeling the pressure, HLR editors wanted to elect their first African American president. Obama had an advantage. Spared the legacy of slavery and segregation, and having grown up in a white household, he lacked the hard edge of many of his black colleagues.
“Obama cast himself as an eager listener,” the New York Times reported, “sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once.”
In February 1990, after an ideologically charged all day affair, Obamas fellow editors elected him president from among 19 candidates. As it happened, Obama prevailed only after the HLRs small conservative faction threw him its support.
Obama was elected after a meeting of the review’s 80 editors that convened Sunday and lasted until early this morning, a participant said.
Until the 1970’s the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.
Curiously, once elected, Obama contributed not one signed word to the HLR or any other law journal. As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, “A search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at any time. “After his appointment, the NY Times carried a story in February 1990, which included a few quotes from Obama:
“The fact that I’ve been elected shows a lot of progress,” Mr. Obama said today in an interview. “It’s encouraging.” “But it’s important that stories like mine aren’t used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don’t get a chance,” he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment...
On his goals in his new post, Mr. Obama said: “I personally am interested in pushing a strong minority perspective. I’m fairly opinionated about this. But as president of the law review, I have a limited role as only first among equals.” Therefore, Mr. Obama said, he would concentrate on making the review a “forum for debate,” bringing in new writers and pushing for livelier, more accessible writing.
Unlike most editors, and likely all its presidents, Obama was not a writer. During his tenure at Harvard, he wrote only one heavily edited, unsigned note.
In this note for the third volume of the 1990 HLR, he argued against any limits on abortion, citing the governments interest in “preventing increasing numbers of children from being born in to lives of pain and despair.” Well, the new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.
And, it worked!
In other words, Obama was the first affirmative action President of the Harvard Law Revue.
BO has been on the affirmative action fast track his whole life. And now we suffer and pay.
But just think...he makes up for that lack of knowledge with an overabundance of arrogance! Isn't he just dreamy? :-D
(OK, I can't do that anymore...)
I can’t imagine how all of the other owners and trainers felt when a sympathy vote won Best in Show. Especially after all the promos given to Uno, the previous year’s winner, and what a champion he was for his whole year of appearances, a la Miss America.
What will this year’s old dog be able to actually do?
That choice totally diminished the prestige of the title.