One month before the 2008 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal published an article questioning the legitimacy of then-candidate Barack Obama’s claim that he attended Columbia University.
The Columbia years are a hole in the sprawling Obama hagiography. In his two published memoirs, the 47-year-old Democratic nominee barely mentions his experience there. He refuses to answer questions about Columbia and New York — which, in this media age, serves only to raise more of them. Why not release his Columbia transcript? Why has his senior essay gone missing?
What can be said with some certainty is that Mr. Obama lived off campus while at Columbia in 1981-83 and made few friends. Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him. He had transferred from Occidental College in California after his sophomore year because, he told the Boston Globe in 1990, “I was concerned with urban issues and I wanted to be around more black folks in big cities.” He got a degree in political science without honors. “For about two years there, I was just painfully alone and really not focused on anything, except maybe thinking a lot,” he told his biographer David Mendell.
Put that way, his time at Columbia sounds unremarkable. Maybe that’s what most pains a young memoirist and an ambitious politician who strains to make his life anything but unremarkable.
10 years later, and the question still remains…Why was Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro given a pass on his unsubstantiated claim that he was a student at Columbia University? Furthermore, why doesn’t anyone who attended Columbia University from 1981-83 remember him being a student during that time?
Actor James Woods opened the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s claim again on Twitter today, asking his 1.42 million followers: “Hey, if any of you went to Columbia University and recall Barack Obama as a student there, would you please respond with a tweet and a pic of him at Columbia? Thanks.”
Hey, if any of you went to Columbia University and recall Barack Obama as a student there, would you please respond with a tweet and a pic of him at Columbia? Thanks.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 15, 2018
Woods didn’t appear to get any students who were able to produce evidence of Barry’s time at Columbia, but Twitter users had some hilarious responses to his question.
Here are a few of the responses to Woods question about the alleged Columbia student, Barack Obama:
Thomas Paine suggested you’d have a “better chance of finding Sasquatch”:
Better chance of finding Sasquatch.
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) April 15, 2018
“RedPillC” responded with some interesting pictures of Barack Obama (Barry Soetoro) dressed in Muslim garb that appear to be taken around the same era when Obama claimed to be a student at Columbia:
Was it this one? pic.twitter.com/DXf16hbbb9
— 🔴 RedPillC 🔴 (@SeverePayne) April 15, 2018
Oops. Sorry. Wrong pic. Its this one. 👍 pic.twitter.com/T1wPr2KRHS
— 🔴 RedPillC 🔴 (@SeverePayne) April 15, 2018
“deplorablem1ke” tweeted a photo of Barry Soetoro’s alleged Columbia University ID showing his status as a “foreign student”.
— deplorablem1ke (@deplorablem1ke) April 15, 2018
“Codman Robert” posted a legitimate and damning quote (see below) from Columbia Professor Henry Graff about the validity of Barack Obama’s claim.
"Hey, if any of you went to Columbia University and recall Barack Obama as a student there, would you please respond with a tweet and a pic of him at Columbia?
— Codman Robert (@robert_codman) April 15, 2018
Is the quote from Columbia University Professor Henry Graff real? You bet it is.
Wayne Allen Root, a Columbia alumnus, interviewed Professor Henry Graff, and wrote about it a The Blaze article, where explores the mystery surrounding Barack Obama’s alleged enrollment in Columbia University:
Something about “the Obama at Columbia story” has always bothered me. Earlier in the week right here at The Blaze, I wrote about having just returned from New York, where I attended my 30th Columbia University reunion. I celebrated with my esteemed classmates. Everyone except Barack Obama. As usual- he wasn’t there. Not a trace. Not a video greeting. Not a letter. I could not find any classmates who knew him.
To make matters more mysterious, Obama’s college records are sealed. He’s had plenty of opportunities to authorize the release, to clear the air. He has never chosen to do so. But why? What has he got to hide? Funny enough Obama has never had a problem ripping open the sealed records of his political opponents. Every step of his career Obama has beaten his opponents by having sealed documents just happen to be publicly exposed by anonymous sources. But not Obama. His records are always unavailable (and never leaked). Obama always seems to have powerful forces on his side.
Did he attend Columbia as a foreign student? That was the educated guess I made in my appearance on “Hannity” on Fox News a year ago. The only photo of Obama from his Columbia days was in his off-campus apartment with a roommate described by USA Today as a Pakistani national, pot smoker, and cocaine abuser. If you’re a foreign student, you live in housing off-campus with other foreign students.
That would also explain how he transferred to Columbia. Transferring into an Ivy League school is all but impossible. I did a little digging and found out only 3 transfer students in all of America were accepted into Columbia in the past academic year. Three students out of 315 million Americans. Yet those who knew Obama at Occidental called him a pot smoker and partier who rarely attended class. You’re telling me that a poor student, with that record, at an average college, was accepted for transfer into prestigious Columbia University? Only if he was an exotic Indonesian foreign student transferring into a college that desperately wanted to claim an ethnically and globally diverse student body.
Still that might explain how Obama got into Columbia. But where was he for those two years? My gut instincts say something is wrong with “the Obama at Columbia story.” Very wrong. Rancid.
But until now, I was the only one publicly voicing my suspicions. That just changed in a big way. Meet Professor Henry Graff, perhaps the most legendary and honored professor ever at Columbia University. He was THE American History and Diplomatic History professor at Columbia for 46 years. And he is more emphatic than yours truly that there are no Obama footprints at Columbia.
I was put on Professor Graff’s trail by another Columbia classmate, skeptical about Obama’s story. He told me that Professor Graff had been the speaker for the Class of ’53 last weekend at Columbia. My friend was watching Graff answer questions from the crowd when he was asked about Obama at Columbia. Graff said, “I have my doubts he ever went here.”
I did some digging and located Graff’s home phone number. I called him yesterday. Now retired, he was delighted to hear from me. He agreed to go on the record about Obama. Unlike Obama, Professor Graff clearly remembered me. He was thrilled to hear from his former student. I was in several of Graff’s classes and he remembered me like it was yesterday. He sounded great- like he hasn’t lost any of his trademark sharpness in 30 years since we last met.
I was honored to learn that this legendary historian has been following my political career for many years. But he had no such cheery things to say about the President. Graff said, “I taught at Columbia for 46 years. I taught every significant American politician that ever studied at Columbia. I know them all. I’m proud of them all. Between American History and Diplomatic History, one way or another, they all had to come through my classes. Not Obama. I never had a student with that name in any of my classes. I never met him, never saw him, never heard of him.”
Even more importantly, Professor Graff knew the other history and political science professors. “None of the other Columbia professors knew him either” said Graff.
Graff concluded our interview by saying, “I’m very upset by the whole story. I am angry when I hear Obama called ‘the first President of the United States from Columbia University.’ I don’t consider him a Columbia student. I have no idea what he did on the Columbia campus. No one knows him.”
Twitter user “Karston Anderson” attempted to convince everyone that an article published by The New York Times featuring Phil Boerner a man who claims he was Barack Obama’s roommate (without offering a single picture of them together) is evidence enough that Barry attended school there. Mr. Boerner is a registered Democrat who lives in California and claims he never came forward with his claim of living with Barry Soetoro during the campaign, “but thought he would share them now as his friend made history”.
Have a seat bud. Several. pic.twitter.com/jsHEoUVo5i
— Karston Anderson (@K_ManAndy) April 15, 2018