Ever since Barack Obama launched his first campaign for the White House, there have been questions surrounding his college career. Over the weekend, students who went to Columbia University at the same time as Obama were asked to produce pictures proving that he did attend there. The responses which flooded in were stunning.
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,” the article read. “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,” added the WSJ. “Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him.”
Ten years later, the questions surrounding Obama’s purported time at Columbia still remain. Actor and outspoken conservative James Woods opened the topic up to discussion on Twitter this weekend, 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
Not surprisingly, Woods didn’t get any former Columbia students who were able to produce evidence of Obama’s alleged time there. Twitter users had some hilarious responses to his question, though.
Better chance of finding Sasquatch.
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) April 15, 2018
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 (@deplorablem1ke) April 15, 2018
The most thought-provoking response to James Woods’ question came from a Twitter user who uses the handle “Codman Robert.” He posted a damning quote from Columbia University professor Henry Graff:
"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
This quote from Professor Graff originated in an article written by Columbia alumnus Wayne Allen Root for The Blaze. Root interviewed Graff after attending his 30th Columbia University reunion. “Something about ‘the Obama at Columbia story’ has always bothered me,” wrote Root. “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.”
“Meet Professor Henry Graff, perhaps the most legendary and honored professor ever at Columbia University,” Root went on. “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 did some digging and located Graff’s home phone number,” he added. “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,” wrote Root. “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,” according to Wayne Allen Root. “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.'”
Incredibly, the media seemed not to care at all about the discrepancies in Barack Obama’s claims that he went to Columbia University. Can you imagine if there was any suspicion at all that President Donald Trump had lied about where he went to college? We would never hear the end of it. Just look at the way they are foaming at the mouth over the unsubstantiated claims of a porn star. The double-standard is glaring.