Wednesday, April 06, 2011

a future without a past

Obama - a future without a past....

*Your records are as sealed as Obama's.
Privacy laws restrict who can access someone's birth, medical, school, financial, and passport records, etc.

*never wrote a thesis at Columbia - his program didn't require one. A thesis likely doesn't exist because undergraduate programs do not require thesis papers to be written (generally, only post-baccalaureate programs)

Born in the U.S.A.
August 21, 2008
Updated: November 1, 2008
The truth about Obama's birth certificate.

Obama's birth certificate

Obama Tax Returns Made Public

Requirements for the J.D. Degree - Harvard Law School

Graduate Handbook

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts - Columbia University

Timeline: 1960-2011

Barack Obama ’83 - Is He the New Face of The Democratic Party?
By Shira Boss-Bicak ’93

Alumni Corner: Barack Obama ’83, My Columbia College Roommate
By Phil Boerner ’84

First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review
(published: Feb. 6, 1990)

A Law Review Breakthrough
(Published: Feb. 15, 1990)

Obama Named New Law Review President
Student Becomes First Black Chief Of the Publication
(Published: Feb. 6, 1990

Claim:   Barack Obama's thesis for Columbia University, entitled "Aristocracy Reborn," noted that America's founding fathers "did not allow for economic freedom."

"I saw someone online claim that the following is a quote from Barack Obama's thesis at Columbia contains the following segment: "... the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy."

False: continued here:

See also: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

" Obama’s student records from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School are "not released," for example. But the truth is that it would be illegal under federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) for those institutions to give those records to reporters or members of the public without Obama’s specific, written permission. Obama hasn’t given that permission, but other presidential candidates generally don’t either. George W. Bush didn’t give permission to either Andover or Yale to release his grades when he was running for president, for example, according to a 1999 profile in the Washington Post. Bush’s grades at Yale eventually became public, but only because somebody leaked them to the New Yorker magazine... ....

Obama - short list bio

JD, Harvard Law School, 1991
BA, Columbia University, 1983
Attended, Occidental College

Professional Experience:
Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Attorney, Sidley and Austin
Professor, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago
Author [1]

Political Experience:
President, United States of America, 2008-present
Senator, United States Senate, 2005-2008
Keynote Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 2004
Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004

Center for Neighborhood and Technology
Chicago Annenberg Challenge
Cook County Bar
Cook County Bar Association Community Law Project
President, Harvard Law Review
Board Member, Joyce Foundation
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Leadership for Quality Education
Board Member, Woods Fund of Chicago

[1] "Dreams From my Father" and "The Audacity of Hope.", "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (audio)"

WH Bio

Recent history - Presidential Records Act and/or Amendments

"On November 1, 2001, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13233, which instituted new barriers to obtaining access to former presidents' White House materials.....The Bush order is similar to a directive issued by the Justice Department under the Reagan administration on behalf of former president Nixon to give him veto power over the release of his alleged privileged White House materials."

" H.R.1255 - Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007
To amend chapter 22 of title 44, United States Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records.... "

"The Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009 (H.R. 35) limits the authority of presidents and former presidents to block the release of presidential records. The bill sets deadlines for the review of records prior to release, gives the incumbent president the authority to reject former presidents' claims of privilege, restricts the ability to assert privilege claims to presidents and former presidents, and eliminates the ability of vice presidents to make privilege claims concerning vice presidential records.... "

" by incumbent and former Presidents in connection with the release of Presidential records by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, it is hereby ordered as follows..... "

" Executive Order 12667--Presidential Records, Jan. 16, 1989.... "

" Presidential Records Remain Sealed By Bush
Attempting to place his gubernatorial records outside the reach of the Texas Public Information Act was not President George W. Bush's only effort to limit access to executive records...."When I watch this from 20 years of Bushes in Texas, there is a real desire to build legacy," Smith said. "Both he and his father have attempted to circumvent the open meeting and open records acts.... "

" Washington DC, October 1, 2007 - A District Court in the District of Columbia has ruled that an Executive Order issued by President George W. Bush in 2001, which severely slowed or prevented the release of historic presidential papers is, in part, invalid. ...... "

" White House Admits No Back-Up Tapes for E-mail Before October 2003. Responds to Court's Questions; Claims Not to Know Whether Critical E-mails Were Erased. Despite Previously Acknowledging That as Many as 5 Million E-mails are Missing, White House Now Tells a Different Story.... AKA Bush White House e-mail controversy "


Q: Was Barack Obama really a constitutional law professor?

A: His formal title was "senior lecturer," but the University of Chicago Law School says he "served as a professor" and was "regarded as" a professor.



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The University of Chicago Law School handles media requests through the University of Chicago News Office. The Law School is happy to work with the media to provide access to our faculty members, who are experts on myriad subjects, or to provide comment on news stories where appropriate. For all media inquiries, please contact Sarah Galer at  or 773 702 8365.

Statement Regarding Barack Obama

The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.

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