Skip to comments.Obama's Missing Thesis
Posted on 07/25/2008 8:21:04 AM PDT by pissant
The latest report on Obama's missing thesis comes from MSNBC. Written his senior year at Columbia University, Obama's thesis was about Soviet nuclear disarmament. It's only natural to wonder what the budding socialist turned presidential candidate thought of nuclear proliferation in the early 1980s.
The Obama campaign, proving every bit as secretive as the Office of the Vice President, has been less than forthcoming with details. "Spokesman Ben LaBolt wouldnt even say whether Sen. Obama threw out his copy or lost it." At an earlier date, an aide actually told the New Republic the junior senator couldn't recall what he had written about, but as that editor notes, "who doesn't remember their senior thesis?" To get the inside scoop, MSNBC contacted the former professor who taught Obama's senior seminar and who recalls the content of the paper better than Obama himself.
His former professor, Michael Baron, recalled in an interview with NBC News that Obama easily aced the year-long class. Baron described the paper as a thesis or senior thesis in several interviews, and said that Obama spent a year working on it. Baron recalls that the topic was nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.
My recollection is that the paper was an analysis of the evolution of the arms reduction negotiations between the Soviet Union and the United States, Baron said in an e-mail. At that time, a hot topic in foreign policy circles was finding a way in which each country could safely reduce the large arsenal of nuclear weapons pointed at the other For U.S. policy makers in both political parties, the aim was not disarmament, but achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a substantial and permanent American advantage. As I remember it, the paper was about those negotiations, their tactics and chances for success. Barack got an A.
What MSNBC doesn't report is that Baron, or at least a Michael Baron who also happens to run an electronics company in Florida, has given $1,250 to Obama. Maybe if the Obama campaign would release the thesis and Obama's college transcript like a normal presidential campaign, we could all decide for ourselves whether Obama deserves an A.
Awfully suspicious as to why something important like that would disappear.
Reminiscent of all of those Clinton documents that disappeared.
Paper trail? I’m Barack Obama, I don’t need no stinkin paper trail..
My guess is, that somehow, no one will be able to find it precisely because his views back then, although aceptable to liberal professors and academia, would be viewed as unfit for Presidential aspirations today, and may turn out to be unbelievable outragous in their final recommendations.
Particularly in light of history today and what Reagan accomplished.
Obviously what ever the thesis contains is not something that Obama wants the world to know about. Sort of like Hillary’s Marxist paper.
A: They both have friends that bombed the Pentagon.
I am still waiting for his missing Birth Certificate. That issue seems to have died down, but needs to be revived.
His thesis is missing, his birth certificate is missing, and his baptismal certificate is missing. Is this person a total fraud?
My bet: It will shed light on his “no I wouldn’t support the surge now” comment.
Reagan achieved the Soviet dismantling through “strength”. Obama would continue to be beholding to a political ideology that calls for “diplomacy”.
No way !!!!
Frankfurt School and Columbia University links, FYI.
Sorry, but the Big 0 (as in null, zilch,zero) has plenty of self-esteem to save a copy somewhere. After all, he was going to become the President one day.
Kerry even remembered to bring a camera and a helmet to SVN to be filmed “fighting” there for his future campaign ads after all. (Did I mention Kerry served in VN?)
Where did BO serve? The south side of Chicago where bad,bad Leroy Brown is from.....
All year long... and no copy found of his work of art.
If Obama were a Republican, his thesis would be ‘found’ by a couple dozen reporters within the next 15 minutes.
We have seen neither transcripts nor SAT scores.