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Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 4:42 pm


Barack Obama and his grandparents at Columbia University.

Obama knows the difficulty of transferring schools. He left Occidental College in Los Angeles after two years to attend Columbia University in New York City. His college activities at Columbia included Black Students Organization and anti-apartheid activities. Besides that, he says, “I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk.”

He majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. He received his B.A. degree in 1983, then worked for one year at Business International Corporation. In 1985, Barack Obama moved to Chicago to direct a non-profit project assisting local churches to organize job training programs. He entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In 1990, The New York Times reported his election as the Harvard Law Review’s “first black president in its 104-year history.” He completed his J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1991.

Barack Obama has authored two bestselling books. The first, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, was published after his graduation from law school and before entering politics. His second book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream”, was published in October 2006, three weeks before the 2006 midterm election.

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  1. According to Mark Hemingway of The National Review, “A year after graduating from Columbia University, an idealistic Obama spent a year as an organizer for the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) at the City College of New York in Harlem.” — full article can be found at search for “Barack’s PIRG Past. Obama learned the community organizing trade from Ralph Nader’s shady outfit.” By Mark Hemingway, 16 Sept. 2008

    PIRG outfits are notorious for being highly corrupt scams, and known to funnel money into their own pockets without any accountability. Obama has also been quoted saying “I used to be a PIRG guy. You guys trained me well.” when he met the USPIRG head Gene Karpinski at the 2004 Democratic convention.

    So he didn’t just “move to Chicago” after spending some time at Business International Corporation. He spent another year training in the art of financial scams.

    Comment by tallwithtats26 — 10/26/2008 @ 9:09 pm

  2. Oh, and another thing… His book title, “The Audacity of Hope” comes from a sermon of the racist and radical Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    Comment by tallwithtats26 — 10/26/2008 @ 9:13 pm

  3. President Obama did not graduate from or attend Columbia University..
    President Obama attended Columbia College..
    President Obama states he attended Columbia… The press, and everyone else,
    assumed it was the prestigeous college, Columbia University…
    It is misleading but not a lie — Hmmm - If he’s misleading us on the ‘little stuff’ like where he graduated college; we ought to read between the lines on the ‘big stuff’ on which he’s commenting… Goings on of this sort have lead me not to believe in, or trust, the President of the United States. (I never in my life ever thought I’d make a statement like this - it’s embarassing)..

    Comment by AZZen — 6/2/2010 @ 7:16 pm

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