Skip to comments.Was Barack Obama A Foreign Exchange Student?
Posted on 08/09/2012 5:38:57 PM PDT by raptor22
Transparency: A former classmate has added a tantalizing question to the mysteries surrounding Barack Obama's college years. Perhaps the GOP nominee, whose tax records are demanded, should call the president's bluff.
Not many students whose grades supposedly were good enough to get into Harvard Law School can say that 400 of their classmates taken randomly don't remember a single thing about him or his even being there. But Barack Obama, Columbia University class of '83, can.
Student Obama spent two years at Columbia after transferring there from Occidental College in Los Angeles. And for all the impression he made on his classmates, he might as well have been in the witness protection program.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News called that random group of 400 Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
Like most transfer students, Obama lived off-campus, a factoid defenders use to explain his apparent lack of human contact during his Columbia years. Obama himself does not speak much about his years at Columbia and Harvard Law, other than he attended both and was elected president of the Harvard Law Review.
Interestingly, Obama contributed not one signed word to the Harvard Law Review or any other legal publication. 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 anytime." A curious factoid for an alleged scholar.
In October 2007, the New York Times ran a piece titled "Obama's Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say," which would have won the Pulitzer Prize for understatements if there was one.
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Can we exchange him back for a refund?
The Canadian left would probably love to swap him for Harper. I’d make that deal and eat Obama’s salary too.
Was Barack Obama A Foreign Exchange Student?
But Barry Soetoro was.
Can any student ask that his/her records not be released to anyone? If not, what gives these schools the authority to not release Obama’s?
Harry Reid: “The word is out...”
We’ll never know because barry & co. spent millions to keep that a secret. That’s a lot of money to spend to keep skeletons in the closet.
We’ll never know because barry & co. spent millions to keep that a secret. That’s a lot of money to spend to keep skeletons in the closet.
We already know he’s foreign; the sexchange is mythical, probably results from his habit of savoring other men; and, he was a student in a madrassa or two, and maybe in some US public schools. No one remembers him at Columbia because he never went there. Thanks raptor22.
It’s only taken 5 years to fan the flames of journalistic curiosity.
Barry Soetoro - class clown
Barry Soetoro - class clown
If only America knew...
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Good to see in IBD. This is a credible publication. I hear Brietbart Drip Drip Drip. Can you say October surprise coming.
One's records can ONLY be released if the student signs a release. The only reason Republican's grades (if not flattering) come out is that University Records Offices are pretty much over-run with College bureaucratic hangers-on, who, as a class, tend to be highly unethical when it serves some leftist purpose.
Sure would explain a lot about young Stanley Ann Dunham. Not to mention the fact that the CIA seems to have a lot of Lefties working there, which you would not expect.
Maybe this is why....
“A 1977 New York Times article mentioned Business International as one of the lesser known of 22 news organizations found to have employed journalists who were also working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Elliott Haynes “said his father, Eldridge Haynes, had provided cover for four C.I.A. employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960.”... via Wikapedia
Now, why would this company hire someone who had NO, N*O schooling for finance?
In the late summer of 1983, future United States President Barack Obama interviewed for a job at Business International Corporation. He worked there for “little more than year.” As a research associate in its financial services division, he edited Financing Foreign Operations, a global reference service, and wrote for Business International Money Report, a weekly financial newsletter. His responsibilities included “interviewing business experts, researching trends in foreign exchange, following market developments. . . . He wrote about currency swaps and leverage leases. . . . Obama also helped write financial reports on Mexico and Brazil.
That's just not true. There are plenty of people, especially at a relatively large, urban, school like Columbia, who quietly get good grades while not being noticed. Especially as a transfer student, it's not really surprising that Obama didn't stand out at Columbia.
Thanks for the ping.
Who wants to bet the Boston Globe has an excuse why Romney's high school grades were important and Obama's mysterious college records aren't... We know journalists believe their own excuses - as do all the other liberal media outlets... something about a dog eating some important papers...
Actually your assertion is what’s simply not true. I don’t care how “low profile” or incognito you try to make yourself, if you attend a college or university, even a big monster like UCLA where they go through like cattle, somebody will notice you. In fact they may notice you precisely by your peculiar “low profile” non-interaction, but they will notice you. It’s a sea of faces, thousands of eyes, millions of glances, passing in cooridors, classrooms, cafeterias, registrar’s office, book stores, parking lots etc. The only way you can go completely 100% unnoticed by anyone is if you were never there, and your “recollection” of being there is a fabrication. Period.
who quietly get good grades while not being noticed.
true. but seriously?
quietly getting good grades while not being noticed ?
this is contrary to ALL we know about him,
and contrary to his OWN autobiography.
Well in 08 the MSM had serious stuff to investigate, like the status of Joe the Plumber's trade license and the DNA of Palin's Down Syndrome child.
If this request had been about a Republican the information would have been 'leaked' before the last election. But since Obama's a democrat - and colleges are run by liberal elites - they'll protect him. Along with papers like the New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe. The Liberal Elite Establishment is powerful, biased and corrupt. They also stand together.
“Was Barack Obama A Foreign Exchange Student?”
“Barack Obama WAS A Foreign Exchange Student” The Left states things this way all the time...who needs proof these days?
You're right - there's absolutely NOTHING about Obama that says 'shrinking violet'. His demeanor is 'alpha' and that's not going to go unnoticed... something doesn't add up here.
This is hard to believe.
The guy majored in political science.
Then, straight out of college, he lands a job in Financial Journalism?
This is complicated stuff.
But a guy with no experience and no academic background in Finance gets the job?
Obama is not CIA....he is a radical commie agitator.
If Romney announced that he had sealed his tax records, would The Media admit that Obama had sealed School and other sealed records too?
August 9, 2012 by Wayne Allyn Root
Hello, Im Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. And have I got a story for you. I am President Obamas college classmate from Columbia University, Class of 83. And Ive got a hunch on the scandal that ends Obamas hopes for a second term. No, its not his birth certificate. The scandal that takes down Obamas Presidency happened 30 years ago at Columbia University. This is the smoking gun.
This also ties into Harry Reids hunch about Mitt Romneys tax records. You see Senator Reid opened up Pandoras box. He made it OK for any of us to play a guessing game. If Harry can guess about Romneys taxes, without a shred of evidence then a citizen and taxpayer and former college classmate of Obama has the standing to do a little educated guessing of my own.
You see my background is one of a kind. Im one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators ever. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars one of 60 legends in the history of Vegas to be honored with a 180 pound granite star in the sidewalk on Las Vegas Blvd. Gut instinct is how Ive made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia. My gut is almost always right. I became a self-made millionaire based on my gut instincts. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. And its hidden in his college records at Columbia.
But first lets examine the game being played to distract us from the real scandal. Its a diversion subterfuge. I call Obamas scheme Weapons of mass distraction. Obama and his infamous strategist David Axelrod understand how to play dirty political hardball, the best its ever been played. They learned on the vicious, dirty streets of Chicago, where the mob appears downright nice compared to the politicians. Team Obama has decided to distract Americas voters by condemning Mitt Romney for not releasing enough years of his tax returns. Its the perfect cover. Obama knows the best defense is a bold offense. Just keep attacking Mitt and blaming him for secrecy and evasion, while accusing him of having a scandal that doesnt exist. Then ask your lapdog Senator Harry Reid to chase the Frisbee. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader is now making up stories out of thin air, about tax returns he knows absolutely nothing about. Its a cynical, brilliant and vicious strategy. Make Romney defend, so he cant go on offense and attack the real Obama scandal.
This is classic Axelrod. Obama has won multiple elections in his career by slandering his opponents and leaking sealed court documents. Not only do these insinuations and leaks ruin the credibility and reputation of Obamas opponents, they keep them on the defensive and off Obamas trail of sealed documents. And Obama spends millions to armies of lawyers to keep them sealed.
By attacking Romneys tax records, Obamas team of Chicago hit men creates a problem that doesnt exist. And they even have the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in their pocket leading the charge thereby assuring that the media will cover it and put Romney on the Defensive. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader joins a scheme to defame a squeaky clean opponent with the record of a choir boy. Romney is the guy you want to marry your daughter. Religious. Brilliant. Family man. Never cheated in his life. Harvard Law and Harvard Business. Donates millions to charity. So you get Harry Reid to make up stories out of thin air to frame an innocent man and you get the biased liberal media to go along with the execution of an innocent man. But the reason for this baseless attack is what is so interesting such brilliant but disgusting cynical strategy it could only come from Chicago the point of this deception and distraction is to make Romney defend, so he cant go on the offensive to dirty his perfect reputation up and to give the media something to talk about something other than the real scandal they should be investigating.
But I have the answer for Romney. A challenge that shuts up Obama forever.
Its time to call Obamas bluff. Romney should call a press conference and issue a challenge in front of the Nation. He should agree to release more of his tax returns, only if Obama unseals his college records. Simple and straight-forward. Mitt should ask What could possibly be so embarrassing in your college records from 30 years ago, that you are afraid to let Americas voters see it? If its THAT bad, maybe its something the voters ought to see. Suddenly the tables are turned. Now Obama is on the defensive.
My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records, never EVER. Because they contain information that could destroy his political career. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is youll never hear about Mitts tax returns ever again. End of story.
But why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer.
If anyone should have questions about Obamas record at Columbia University, its me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of 83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought Id heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama or as he was known then, Barry Soetoro. Can you imagine the President of the United States had a different name 30 years ago. How bizarre is that? You think you know him? You dont even know his name.
But heres where the mystery gets really strange. I knew everyone in the political science department. But I never met Obama in my life. Never saw him in my life. Never even heard of him in my entire four years at Columbia. And none of the classmates that I knew at Columbia has ever met him, saw him or heard of him either.
But dont take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
Now all of this mystery could be easily and instantly dismissed if Obama released his Columbia transcripts to the media. But even after serving as President for 3 1/2 years he refuses to unseal his college records. Shouldnt the media be as relentless in pursuit of Obamas records as Romneys? Shouldnt they be digging for Obamas dirt with the same boundless enthusiasm as Mitts? Doesnt something smell rotten here?
So lets down and dirty to figure out the scandal. The first question Id ask is, if you had great grades, why would you seal your records? So lets assume Obama got poor grades. Why not release the records? Hes President of the free world, for gosh sakes. Hes commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. Whod care about some poor grades from three decades ago, right? So then whats the problem? Doesnt that make the media suspicious? Something doesnt add up.
Secondly, all of Obamas old classmates and buddies at Occidental say he was a poor student there spending lots of time smoking pot and attending radical meetings. His grades were awful they say. Again, we cant prove it because Obamas records are sealed. So if he had poor grades at Occidental, how did he get admitted to an Ivy League university in the first place? Do you know how hard it is to transfer into an Ivy League university its almost impossible. And if his grades at Columbia were awful, howd he ever get into Harvard Law School? So again those grades must have been great, right? So why spend millions to keep them sealed?
Third, how did a poor kid pay for all these fancy schools? If he had student loans or scholarships, dont American students need good grades to maintain student loans?
I can only think of one answer that explains all of these mysteries
So heres my gut. I believe Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. Thats a fact. His mother made him an Indonesian citizen. But did his mother ever bother to change him back to a U.S. citizen? Im betting not. He was abandoned by his mother and sent back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. No one was paying much attention to young Obama, so his citizenship was never changed back. But suddenly as he nears college-age and starts thinking of how to get into college with lousy grades and no money Obama learns that foreign students have a much easier path being admitted to U.S. universities. And even more amazingly, they get loads of aid and scholarships to attend college for free something unavailable to U.S. citizens. Its a completely different path a path so easy that even a kid with no father no mother to be found no money and lousy grades can get admitted to the best colleges as a poor foreigner with an exotic background.
So a plan is hatched. Obama uses his Indonesian passport and citizenship to get into college. Suddenly even Ivy League Columbia University is a possibility for a foreign student from Indonesia. And its all paid for by the taxpayers.
That would explain how a poor student who rarely attended class and got mediocre grades, and with no money, was able to get accepted and pay for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard Law. The door magically opened for a foreign student. Every college needs one or two bright exotic foreigners to create diversity.
Now the sad reality is there is some U.S. student a Valedictorian of his or her school who never got to go to Columbia or Harvard Law because Obama fraudulently took their place.
That would also explain the great mystery of how in the summer of 1981 Barry Soetoro was able to travel to Pakistan when no U.S. citizen was allowed to travel there. An American couldnt make that trip but no problem if youre an Indonesian citizen using an Indonesian passport?
Of course, heres the wrinkle a foreign student isnt qualified to serve as President of the United States. So that secret had to be sealed and covered up for the rest of all time. In 2007 everything happened so fast no one could even ask questions ask Hillary! She never imagined Obama could beat her and never did any serious digging. Next thing you know, Obama is President. But with a massive secret threatening his legacy every second of every day. That explains why a sitting President of the United States would spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep his past sealed.
If you could unseal Obamas Columbia University records I believe youd find that:
Lastly, why do his classmates at Columbia not remember Obama? Was he a ghost? Did he never show up at class? My educated guess is that he was too busy smoking pot, attending Marxist meetings, and plotting the destruction of the U.S. economy and the overthrow of capitalism. Dont laugh. Its working.
If you think Im fishing, then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of? Cat got your tongue? If all well find is a few Cs and Ds then show us the records. If its OK for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go on a fishing expedition about Romneys taxes (even though he knows absolutely nothing about them), then I think I can do the same thing. But as Obamas Columbia Class of 83 classmate, at least I have more standing to make educated guesses.
Its time for Mitt to go on the attack and call Obamas bluff. Oh and one more thing, Mitt. Tell Harry Reid youll release all of your tax returns when Harry Reid releases all of his. Inquiring minds want to know how Harry Reid entered the U.S. Senate with no assets and became one of the wealthiest United States Senators, now worth millions, and living at the Washington, D.C. Ritz Carlton? Im not saying he did anything wrong, but just like Mitts tax returns shouldnt Harry have to prove he did nothing wrong? We all want to see Senator Reids tax returns to solve the second biggest mystery in Washington DC behind only Obamas scandal at Columbia.
Im Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place. God Bless America.
Thanks for the ping!
Romney would have to make a very substantial and plausible statement as to his own financial status before issuing such a challenge to Obama. However, I feel certain that there is a scenario by which Romney would very well change and control the discussion.
No, he wasn't. Those Jakarta schools are still there; they're public schools, not the privately-run, Saudi-financed madrassas that have been the proper focus of so much obloquy because of their intimate links to Salafism and terror.
That's too much of a stretch, to think he could have impetrated recommendations to Harvard Law from professors whose classes he had ditched, and from whose university he had never taken a degree nor, in your telling of it, even matriculated in the first place.
Tall order, FRiend. You might want to take that one back to the shop for more work.
Independent of Obama's having been there or not, Occidental College did have, and still has, a special "conveyor belt" relationship for Lefty students who want careers in the public sphere to transfer to Columbia University so they can claim the more prestigious degree, n/w/s that Occidental is not exactly a slouch academically.
Good guess. Communist professors (who have abounded at Columbia since the 1930's) tend to set up "cell" classes that are somewhat sealed off from the "G-pop" (to lapse into wardenspeak), so that indoctrination can proceed with somewhat enhanced security and more candor in the classroom. This became part of the public record when Houston-area media looked into the granting of tenure to a bonafide Marxist-Leninist professor who had a "cell class" that he was leading in an atmosphere of cultic navel-gazing.
Remember, Columbia is where Barky met Bill Ayers. If their class entertained jolly stories of pipe-bombings and murder from the Good Old Days in candid exchanges of comradely gemuetlichkeit, then that group will not exactly have been meeting with open classroom doors. In short, whoever was running that part of the syllabus, whoever was on Obama's committee, was running a Communist student cell.
That's why Obama was so low-profile at Columbia, IMHO.
The episode with the dubious tenure grant occurred at a small college named College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas (an exurb of Houston and Galveston on Galveston Bay). Several Texas FReepers FReeped the tenure grant, sending e-mails to the dean of the college and to local media and political leaders (Republican congressmen and state legislators). The tenure grant went forward anyway.
I would say this....if this company hired him straight out of college to write financial reports on Mexico and Brazil....then he was totally unqualified, and it makes one wonder if the reports were intended to be all fictional in the first place. It’d be like asking Chris Christie to write mechanical reports on John Deere tractors, or asking Harry Reid to write reports on tourism in Hong Kong.
It sounds like to me that these financial report institutions were all bogus. They could have hired the Octo-mom from California to write for them and gotten the same results.
If you're Baraq al-Husseini, you can have anything sealed/released that you want. Hide your school transcripts, but get the sealed divorce records of your political opponent published far and wide...anybody remember that?
Madrassas are just Islamic schools, they are not all Saudi-funded or Salafist. Public schools in Indonesia are in fact madrassas.
I have another suggestion that may have merit.
Romney agrees to release his tax returns if President Obama releases all of the subpeoned Fast and Furious records to Congress.
I can honestly say, that I don’t remember ANY of my fellow students at Furman (I do remember some particularly impressive teachers...).
I didn’t live on campus, and didn’t really associate with them. Of course, I was 24, and, other than the girls, wasn’t much interested in them (and the girls weren’t interested me...).
My group was a bunch folks a game store, Hawk’s Keep.
Unfortunately, yes. When our son was in college, the college could not even inform us that he had been suspended for disciplinary reasons because he was over 18. The records belonged to him and there were privacy issues. Even though WE were paying his tuition.