Update: More Lack of “Transparency” from the Obama White House


by Sharon Rondeau

Did Obama ask to speak at Barnard College, the women's college of Columbia University, to "prove" that he went there in the early 1980s?

(May 14, 2012) — The White House presidential schedule indicates “no public schedule” for Obama today, but others have reported that Obama had planned to speak at Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University, in early March.  At that time, the Columbia Spectator said:

Having the president as commencement speaker is a coup for any school, though not one that Barnard actively pursued. Spar told Spectator that she received an unexpected call from the White House on Wednesday with the offer of Obama as commencement speaker…Barnard students were elated to hear that Obama would be their commencement speaker, but the announcement left many Columbia College students in disbelief. Obama is a graduate of Columbia College, and Columbia students have tried for the last three years to convince him to speak at his alma mater.

But is it true that Obama attended Columbia?  Although it is reported by various writers that he did, no proof of attendance has ever been released.  Dr. James David Manning of Atlah Ministries held a trial in May 2010 which determined that Obama had never attended the school and that then-president, Michael Sovern, has participated in a “cover-up” to that effect.

Another website announced the commitment on the same date as the Columbia University newspaper, March 3, 2012, displaying a photo with Obama purportedly in New York City which has been described as “photoshopped” and recently appeared in Vanity Fair along with excerpts from an upcoming book on Obama by David Maraniss.  The caption indicates that the photo was obtained “From A.P. Images/Obama Presidential Campaign.”

Do the buildings in the background look tipped?

Maraniss never responded to our request for an explanation as to how he obtained Obama’s “birth certificate” as he had claimed in an interview in August 2008.

An article citing a reference to Obama’s undergraduate years at Columbia yields very little, if any, information about that time in his life, but rather, is a pitch for his political career as a “national figure.”  Who knew Obama at Columbia, and what grades did he earn?  At what level of honors did he graduate, and on what date?  Why does Obama “barely mention” those years?

An article entitled “Obama’s Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say” gives the date of a photo as being “around 1981-83, when he was a student.”  That photo has been labeled a forgery by at least one researcher.  The article was written by Janny Scott, who also wrote an alleged biography of Obama’s mother published last year in which her birthplace is contested, as is her son’s.

Someone who reportedly worked with Obama in New York stated that Obama used “embellishments” in order to “retell the story of the Christ’s temptation. The young, idealistic, would-be community organizer gets a nice suit, joins a consulting house, starts hanging out with investment bankers, and barely escapes moving into the big mansion with the white folks.”

Why were there only “two paragraphs” about Obama’s years at Columbia “in a long profile of Mr. Obama in a Columbia alumni magazine in 2005”?  Is it because Obama was never there?

The president of Barnard College announced Obama’s engagement on the school’s website and on Thursday, May 10, on MSNBC. The Washington Post also announced his trip to New York at 7:40 a.m. today, stating:

The president personally requested the speaking appearance in February, and Barnard President Debora Spar made room by asking New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, who had been scheduled to speak, to step aside. Obama graduated from Columbia College, located across the street, and his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, attended Barnard.

CBA News reported that Obama asked to speak at Barnard College to “court the female vote.”

Then why isn’t the event on his public schedule?  Will Obama state during his address, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 EDT, that he attended Columbia?  And if he did not, what will be the penalty?  Why is Obama’s schedule published here but not at the White House presidential schedule site?

Obama’s biography, as stated by Barnard College’s president, is copied from the White House website.

Later today, Obama is scheduled to appear on The View.  Is that what a “head of state” does?

One Post & Email observer stated that “The White House is chartered with integrity and honesty, but the Obama White House is “a lie machine.”


Editor’s Note:  At 1:30 p.m. EDT, Obama said during his remarks at Barnard College that “the hard truth” was that he was a Columbia College graduate.  During his speech, Obama invoked the Founding Fathers and the first constitutional convention, referring to the United States as a “democracy.”  He criticized those who “oppose change” to create equal opportunities for women.

Obama then talked about the work he did in Chicago with people who had lost their jobs due to steel mills having closed.  He stated that at the first meeting he helped organize, “Nobody showed up.”   He became discouraged but reportedly continued to engage with poor communities.  He said he got his “toughness” from “the women who shaped my life.”  Of his mother, he said, “She didn’t quit.”

He pushed for students to fight for nationalized health care, gay rights and women’s rights.

After Obama had finished speaking and left the lectern, Barnard President Debora Spar stated, “Now everyone can take a deep breath.”  At 2:01 p.m. EDT, the live feed was terminated.

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