Skip to comments.List of Barack Obama's friends and roommates
Posted on 09/13/2008 4:13:04 PM PDT by pjsbro
Below is a list of Barack Obamas friends and roommates who knew him in high school and college.
* Robert McCrary a former classmate at Occidental College. McCrary is now a general manager of a contract sewing company. He saw Obama as "cocky, sometimes arrogant...and not open to others."
* Paul Carpenter Obama's freshman roommate at Occidental and now a Los Angeles lawyer. Carpenter recalls Obama being a "a good bodysurfer", "an athletic guy", and "superbright".
* Margot Mifflin, a friend from Occidental who is now a journalism professor at New York's Lehman College.
* Jon K. Mitchell a friend from Occidental who now plays bass for the country-swing band Asleep at the Wheel.
* Imad Husain a Pakistani and Obama's freshman roommate at Occidental. Husain is now a Boston banker.
* Mohammed Hasan Chandoo a wealthy Pakistani freind of Obama when he was a freshmam. He is a now a self-employed financial consultant living in Armonk, New York.
* Wahid Hamid a wealthy Pakistani freind of Obama when he was a freshmam. Hamid and Obama traveled to Karachi, Pakistan after graduation from Occidental and stayed with the family of Mohammed Hasan Chandoo. Hamid is now a vice president at Pepsico in New York City.
* Vinai Thummalapally an Obama college roommate in the summer of 1980. Thummalapally is from Hyderabad, India. Obama visited Hyderabad, India and Karachi, Pakistan during a three week period with Wahid Hamid after his graduation from Occidental.  He is president of a CD and DVD manufacturing company in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
* Sohale Siddiqi is identified as "Sadik" in Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, and is described as "a short, well-built Pakistani" who smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and liked to party. Siddiqi was from Karachi, Pakistan, and Obama's roommate when he attended Columbia University. Siddiqi was not a student at Columbia and became an illegal having over stay his tourist visa.  Obama knew Saddiqi when he visited Chandoo and Hamid at Occidental. Siddiqi claims Obama stopped using drugs when he arrived at Columbia. Siddiqi is a recovering drug addict and now lives in Seattle working for a community theater.
* Andrew Roth knew Obama at Occidental College and in New York City. Roth said that back then "The thought...never crossed my mind that he would be our first black president."
* Cassandra Butts a friend from law school who now works at the Center for American Progress. Of Obama she said, "People see in him what they want to see."
* Michael Froman a friend from law school and now an executive at Citigroup.
* Laurence Tribe a professor at Harvard who said Obama was one of his two best students. "He had a very powerful ability to synthesize diverse sources of information." 
That is a LOT of Pakistanis.
Translation: Barry, please, please, please nominate me to the Supreme Court. I'll even say you're the best student I ever had.
How cute. A contrived quote after the fact. Barry was such an incredible student that he went down in history as the only editor of the Harvard Review NEVER to have written even a single, solitary law article while it's editor.
Wow, that's a classic example of damning someone with faint praise.
It reminds me of the ambiguous recommendation letters.
So how were his grades?
Obama did not graduate from Occidental. He transferred after his sophomore year.
My understanding is that he wrote an law review “note” defending/promoting abortion.
Obama’s pnly Columbia connection is a rather questionable character himself. Did Obama really attend Columbia?
Very insightful analysis of Tribe’s comment.
What was his LSAT Score? Did he pass the Illinois Bar Exam first time out?
I’d like answers To the above two questions. His grades at Columbia and Harvard are meaningless: aside from odd maverick conservative student, everyone at both schools gets an “A.”
Pastor David Manning has a number of fiery videos where he absolutely does not pull a single punch...
I’m watching and listening to the ‘Sarah Palin Rocks’ video now...
Resume of: B HUSSEIN OBAMA
Proven fake by more than one source
2.) Sketchy childhood
We know some details - Lots of gaps - muslim?
3.) College thesis has vanished
Was it anything like Micheles?
4.) Overseas travel
Pakistan? Why? On what passport?
5.) Law records
What cases did he represent?
6.) Senate records disappeared
What was he trying to hide?
Rev Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Michele etc.
8.) Senate voting record
That speaks for itself
Who would his choices be?
10.) Proven Liar
12.) Racist, Sexist, Radical, Marxist views
His judgement in the people he associates with and his radical/marxist views scare the hell out of me.
Here’s some more of his friends and supporters:
(Weatherman Underground bomber, unrepentant domestic terrorist)
(Member Communist Party USA, Early mentor to Obama)
(Black Liberation militant, racist, and Pastor)
(Corrupt Financier, ties to Terror Financing)
(Nation of Islam Leader, racist, anti-American)
(Fundamental Islamic Candidate, Kenya, Obama’s Cousin)
(Marxist Sandinista Leader. Nicarauga)
(Hard-line Communist Leader, Cuba)
/>Communist Party Illinois
(US Communist Political Party)
Socialist Party USA
(Marxist Socialist Political Party)
/>The New Black Panther Party
(Black Militant Organization, anti-American and racist)
Hamas Terrorist Organization
(Islamic Terrorist Organisation)
/>More than 80 attorneys for Guantanamo detainees
-who have been offering free-of-charge legal services.
Not surprising that lawyers for Muslim terrorists would support Obama.
/>The Communist Party USA
/>The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
/>Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman
/> Sam Graham-Felsen, (Obama campaign’s official blogger)
He spent time in France taking part in labor riots, has written for a socialist magazine, hung a communist flag in his home, and was a fan of Marx while at Harvard.
George Soros’ (slumlord undergoing trial) son, Jonathan Soros, an attorney and financier, recently promoted to deputy manager of Soros Fund Management , is personally involved with MoveOn.org’s activities.
/>Muslim Americans for Obama ‘08
/>The Muslim American Society
/>Obama Supporters for Marijuana Law Reform
“Obama Youth” had as its logo the Islamic crescent and stars (until word got out on the net and they had to clean it up)
/>President Daniel Ortega
..who statee, “It’s not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. ... but yes, they are laying the foundations for a revolutionary change.”
/>Project Islamic H. O. P. E.
..who displayed Obama as their banner boy until word got out and they had to clean that up.
Obama is no longer there on the site.
/>Rev. Al Sharpton
..obviously supports Obama, but obviously advised to keep it quiet.
Official artist of the Obama posters...remarkable resemblance to Marxist posters
Obama said that he estimated Rezko raised about 50,000 to 60,000 for his political career.
Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle.
Daughter of Malcomb X
/>The Socialist Party USA
billionaire - anti-Israel master manipulator
They all support, endorse, and/or friends and mentors and advisors of BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
They all hate America, they all want to destroy America as we know it. They all want the United States to retreat in the war on terror, and they all want to make over the United States into a marxist/socialist/collective nation
Obama’s own core ideology/theology, coincide with these people.
This says all you need to know about Obama.. You can and should judge a man by the company he keeps.
Maybe this explains Obama hands were over his crotch instead of saluting the flag/anthem and refusing to wear the flag pin- claiming to do so was ‘false patriotism’.
Thanks, Im sure the media is right on top of it. ;)
What about his days at Columbia? As I recall the NYT asked this information without success.
I see an empty suit, and so it must be.
Obama is like one of those people in whom others always see lots of “potential” but who never actually do anything with their supposed talent.
((PING)) for later reading.
Advocate, The (Stamford-Norwalk, CT) - May 17, 2008
NEW YORK - The way Sohale Siddiqi remembers it, he and his old roommate were walking his pug Charlie on Broadway when a large, scary bum approached them, stomping on the ground near the dog’s head.
This was in the 1980s, a time when New York was a fearful place beset by drugs and crime, when the street smart knew that the best way to handle the city’s derelicts was to avoid them entirely. But Siddiqi was angry and he confronted the bum, who approached him menacingly.
Until his skinny, Ivy League-educated friend - Barack Obama - intervened.
He “stepped right in between. . . . He planted his face firmly in the face of the guy. ‘Hey, hey, hey.’ And the guy backpedaled and we kept walking,” Siddiqi recalls.
There was a time before Obama wore tailored suits - when his wardrobe consisted of $5 military-surplus khakis and used leather jackets, and he walked the streets of Manhattan for lack of bus fare. It was a time well before the political arena beckoned, when his friends thought he might become a writer or a lawyer, but certainly not the first black man with a real chance to become president of the United States.
Obama spent the six years between 1979 and 1985 at Occidental College in Los Angeles and then in New York at Columbia University and in the workplace. His memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” talks about this time, but not in great detail; Siddiqi, for example, is identified only as “Sadik” - “a short, well-built Pakistani” who smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and liked to party.
Obama’s campaign wouldn’t identify “Sadik,” but The Associated Press located him in Seattle, where he raises money for a community theater.
Together, the recollections of Siddiqi and other friends and acquaintances from Obama’s college years paint a portrait of the candidate as a young man.
They remember a good student with a sharp mind and unshakable integrity, a young man who already had a passion for the underprivileged. Some described the young Obama’s personality as confident to the point of arrogance, a criticism that would emerge decades later, during the campaign.
Not everyone who knew Obama in those years is eager to talk.
Some explained that they feared inadvertently hurting Obama’s campaign. Among his friends were Siddiqi and two other Pakistanis, all of them from Karachi; several of those interviewed said the Pakistanis were reluctant to talk for fear of stoking rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
“Obama in the eyes of some right-wingers is basically Muslim until proved innocent,” says Margot Mifflin , a friend from Occidental who is now a journalism professor at New York’s Lehman College. “It’s partly the Muslim factor by association and partly the fear of something being twisted.”
The young man Mifflin remembers was “an unpretentious, down to earth, solidly middle-class guy who seemed somewhat more sophisticated than the average college student. He was slightly reserved and deliberate in a way that I sometimes thought betrayed an uncertainty.”
But another former Oxy classmate, Robert McCrary, now general manager of a contract sewing company, saw him differently: “He definitely had a cocky, sometimes arrogant way about him. . . . He was not open to others.”
Of course, he was only 18 when he arrived at the small liberal arts college nicknamed “Oxy.” His freshman roommates were Imad Husain, a Pakistani, who’s now a Boston banker, and Paul Carpenter, now a Los Angeles lawyer.
Carpenter recalled Obama as “a good bodysurfer” who had “a funky red car, a Fiat,” and who also played intramurals - flag football, tennis and water polo. “He was an athletic guy. He was gifted in that regard,” Carpenter said. He also remembered Obama being “super bright. He could get through the course work in a fraction of the time it took me.”
Obama had an international circle of friends - “a real eclectic sort of group,” says Vinai Thummalapally, who himself came from Hyderabad, India.
As a freshman, he quickly became friends with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, two wealthy Pakistanis. There were others, Thummalapally recalls: a French student and both black and white Americans, including Jon Mitchell, who later played bass for country-swing band Asleep at the Wheel (Mitchell remembers that Obama wore puka shell necklaces all the time, though they were not in style, and that “we let it slide because he spent a lot of time growing up in Hawaii.”)
The friends got together often to watch basketball games - they were Lakers fans - and eat the southern Indian food that Thummalapally cooked with his cousin.
There was serious talk, too. Obama had concerns about U.S. foreign policy - including the failed hostage rescue mission in Iran under Jimmy Carter and American support of the Contras in Latin America.
Thummalapally lived with Obama the summer of 1980. The two ran together daily, 3 miles in the early morning, often chatting about their dreams. Thummalapally wanted to start a business back home; Obama talked about helping people.
“I want to get into public service,” he recalls Obama saying. “I want to write and help people who are disadvantaged.”
In 1981, Obama transferred from Occidental to Columbia. In between, he traveled to Pakistan - a trip that enhanced his foreign policy qualifications, he maintained in a private speech at a San Francisco fundraiser last month. Obama spent “about three weeks” in Pakistan, traveling with Hamid and staying in Karachi with Chandoo’s family, said Bill Burton, Obama’s press secretary.
“He was clearly shocked by the economic disparity he saw in Pakistan. He couldn’t get over the sight of rural peasants bowing to the wealthy landowners they worked for as they passed,” says Margot Mifflin , who makes a brief appearance in Obama’s memoir.
When Obama arrived in New York, he already knew Siddiqi - a friend of Chandoo’s and Hamid’s from Karachi who had visited Los Angeles. Looking back, Siddiqi acknowledges that he and Obama were an odd couple. Siddiqi would mock Obama’s idealism - he just wanted to make a lot of money and buy things, while Obama wanted to help the poor.
“At that age, I thought he was a saint and a square, and he took himself too seriously,” Siddiqi said. “I would ask him why he was so serious. He was genuinely concerned with the plight of the poor. He’d give me lectures, which I found very boring. He must have found me very irritating.”
Siddiqi offered the most expansive account of Obama as a young man.
“We were both very lost. We were both alienated, although he might not put it that way. He arrived disheveled and without a place to stay,” said Siddiqi, who at the time worked as a waiter and as a salesman at a boutique.
The Obama campaign declined to discuss Obama’s time at Columbia and his friendships in general. It won’t, for example, release his transcript or name his friends. It did, however, list five locations where Obama lived during his four years here: three on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and two in Brooklyn - one in Park Slope, the other in Brooklyn Heights. His memoir mentions two others on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
In about 1982, Siddiqi and Obama got an apartment at a sixth-floor walkup on East 94th Street. Siddiqi managed to get the apartment thanks to subterfuge.
Siddiqi fudged his credentials, saying he had a high-paying job at a catering company, but Obama “wanted no part of it. He put down the truth.”
The apartment was “a slum of a place” in a drug-ridden neighborhood filled with gunshots, he said. “It wasn’t a comfortable existence. We were slumming it.” What little furniture they had was found on the street, and guests would have to hold their dinner plates in their laps.
While Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine during high school in Hawaii, he writes in the memoir that he stopped using soon after his arrival in New York. His roommate had no such scruples.
But Siddiqi says that during their time together here, Obama always refused his offers of drugs.
In his memoir and in interviews, Obama has said he got serious and buckled down in New York. “I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk,” he said in a 2005 Columbia alumni magazine interview. He told biographer David Mendell: “For about two years there, I was just painfully alone and really not focused on anything, except maybe thinking a lot.”
There should be a public list of graduating seniors somewhere.
Margot Mifflin (Assistant Professor, English Department) wrote a cover story in The Believer (December 2005/January 2006) on the symbolism of tattoos in literature, from Melville and Hawthorne to Elmore Leonard and Shelley Jackson (”A Blank Human Canvas: The Literary Tattoo Leaps from the Page to Living Parchment”). She also completed a review for Salon.com of a new book about Calamity Jane, entitled The Woman and The Legend by James D. McLaird.
Obama: the Pepsi CandidateThe Democratic presidential nominee and the soft drink have strong affinities.
By James Ledbetter
Posted Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008,
PepsiAmericas Names Wahid Hamid to Board of Directors
Business Wire, July 24, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS — PepsiAmericas, Inc. (NYSE: PAS) today announced that Wahid Hamid was elected to the company’s board of directors, effective July 23, 2008.
In making the announcement, PepsiAmericas’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. Pohlad said, “The addition of Mr. Hamid to PepsiAmericas’ board ensures that our company will continue to benefit from a diversity of experiences and opinions.”
Mr. Hamid, 49, is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy for PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which ranks among the world’s largest convenient food and beverage companies. Its businesses include Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana, Gatorade and Quaker Foods. Mr. Hamid is responsible for strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions. Before taking his current role, Mr. Hamid was Chief Financial Officer for PepsiCo Americas Foods, where he led the finance agenda for the sector and was responsible for accelerating key strategic initiatives. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mr. Hamid spent 15 years with The Boston Consulting Group, in a variety of roles including leading their consumer goods and retail practices across Asia Pacific. Most recently, Mr. Hamid was Senior Vice President and Director.
“Wahid’s industry and financial expertise will be of great value to PepsiAmericas as we continue our growth strategy,” said Pohlad. “He is an accomplished strategist with a deep understanding of our business. We look forward to working with Wahid and to his contributions to the PepsiAmericas’ board.”
PepsiAmericas is the world’s second-largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of PepsiCo beverages with operations in 19 U.S. states; Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia; and the Caribbean. For more information on PepsiAmericas, please visit www.pepsiamericas.com. PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) beneficially owns approximately 44 percent equity interest in PepsiAmericas.
“Thanks, Im sure the media is right on top of it. ;)”
Oh, yeah. Doncha know it!
How long would McCain last if he had a list of associates like that? He would be crucified!
(Well, maybe not. Democrats love America haters, terrorists and thugs)
Yep, I was wondering when anyone was going to notice the unusual number of Muslim friends Obama cultivated in college, especially Pakistani ones.
I’m a little older, but I never met a Muslim until they bought the restaurant I was working in.
ALL Obama’s real friends seem to be foreign and Muslim.
That "note" was published a month before he became president of the Review.
"Politico asked months ago if Mr. Obama had ever written anything for the Harvard Law Review as a student. The Obama campaign responded narrowly, with a Clintonesque statement that "as the president of the Law Review, Obama didn't write articles, he edited and reviewed them." This month it turned out Mr. Obama had written an article -- but it was published a month before he became president."
Thanks for the correction.