By Noni Ellison-Southall, Special to CNN
Editor's note: Noni Ellison-Southall serves as senior counsel for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., which operates CNN, and heads Turner’s music division. She is on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, MARTA, the Atlanta Speech School and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. She is a graduate of Howard University and University of Chicago Law School.
(CNN) - I was in a dead sleep the night of February 13 when I got an unexpected phone call. President Barack Obama would be visiting a preschool in nearby Decatur, Georgia, just days after he’d announced a priority on early childhood education. I was invited to hear him speak.
It would be special to hear the president addressing the importance of education, but especially for me. He was my law school professor. I wondered if he, now the president of the United States, was aware that he’d had a profound impact on my life years earlier at the University of Chicago Law School?
I didn’t have long to reflect. My mind was racing as reality set in. With only 12 hours till showtime, what would I wear? What should I say? Would he remember me from class? I needed to get my camera, and of course, my syllabus from “Current Issues in Racism and Law,” the class he’d taught.
It was stored safely in a green binder in an old leather briefcase in the basement with my law books. He’d apologized in the notes for messy copies, a consequence of not having a teacher’s assistant. “On the other hand,” he’d written in the syllabus, “my wife tells me that she wouldn’t have minded getting the professor’s notations on her reading material when she was in law school.” I wasn’t sure if he would sign it, but I planned to ask.
At a recreation center in Decatur, I sat in the row with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sylvia Reed, his mother. It’s a modest and very intimate space. There was festive music playing, press and security everywhere and a colorful banner that read “Preschool for All” hanging on the wall. Teachers walked around, giggling and taking pictures in front of the podium with the presidential seal affixed. A sense of excitement and anticipation filled the venue. It was surreal. Was I really going to meet the president of the United States today, all those years after I’d met him the first time?
When he entered the room, stood behind the podium and began his speech, I was on my feet with pride and excitement. I was pleasantly surprised that the president seemed to have the same mannerisms and demeanor he’d had as a law school professor 18 years ago. As he spoke about the importance of education at the earliest possible age, I thought about Mrs. Mary Washington from Prairie Elementary School in Lafayette, Louisiana, a teacher who spent many hours outside of class to ensure I could read at grade level, and who encouraged my mom to get me a tutor, and Ms. Verna Ruffin, the Edgar Martin school band director who took a special interest in me and a teacher whom I’ve kept in touch with over the years.
I remember, too, the impact of Obama’s class during my tenure at the University of Chicago.
I enrolled in “Current Issues in Racism and the Law” because I wanted to further my understanding of the themes that dominated the race debate in the United States and the laws that emerged from it. In a school where discussions about race and law didn’t always feel welcome, Obama’s class provided a safe haven to analyze and discuss the complexity and diversity of opinions around racial gerrymandering, race and the criminal justice system and affirmative action. It was hard work; I remember leaving his class intellectually and emotionally drained. Regardless of what I said in his classroom, Obama never appeared to judge me, or other students. Instead, he challenged me to consider every perspective, a challenge that made me into a better law student, and makes me a better lawyer now.
I’d once imagined myself as a civil rights lawyer, but I came to realize that I could perhaps have a bigger impact by going into corporate law. I was sometimes the first and only woman or African-American in my group, and still feel it’s my responsibility to open the door and help others through it. As a direct result of what I learned in Obama’s classroom, I continue to be passionate about the issues we discussed, to make time to participate in my community and to challenge myself to consider every perspective.
For this gift, I had to say “thank you” to the president. I am proof that he did his part, long before he was president of the United States, to equip students with the critical-thinking skills and education necessary to guide our democracy and write that next great chapter in the American story.
After the president concluded his remarks, he walked over and I shared my story. He said he remembered me. He wanted to know what I was doing now. We laughed, something I don’t remember doing between the heavy topics we discussed in class.
And he did autograph my syllabus with his name and these words: “Proud of you!”
The opinions expressed are solely those of Noni Ellison-Southall.
Yes Noni we know, your black and he is half black so he was the most inspirational person in the world.. Come on, he was rated as average when it came to "senior lecturers".
Really? Faculty ratings are kept confidential since they are considered human resource records, and are not subject to public scrutiny. Nice try, though.
And yet, he was repeatedly asked to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.
See: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media and maybe you'll stop spouting your unfounded lies about his ratings.
Average senior lecturer is still way smarter than you.
Palintwit: On the other hand, I rate a person as average – or below it – when they spell "you're" as "your".
That's not the real palintwit. It's someone else using the same screen name.
'So by saying that CNN had never posted that information when they had is not a lie'
so claiming something never happened when it obviously did is not lying? amazing.
and the only fact you are partly right is that Obama allowed his law license to go inactive.
Every single man, woman and child in this country owes approximately $57,000 dollars just from the debt OBAMA ADDED.
If the President is the only person who affects the economy, why bother electing Senators and Representatives?
Well per actual tax paying citizen, over $150,000.00. Only 50k per person if you include children, disabled, and others that dont pay any taxes at all.
Am I surprised to see all the immature racist posts from the Republicans here? Sadly, not one iota. I'm just curious, are there any Republicans here today that aren't jerks? Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't more. I guess the rest are busy buying guns and 15-bullet clips. Don't worry, guys, the NRA has your backs. Fwiw: I predict an alarming increase in the number of accidental shootings in people's homes. It's inevitable, and I pray (hopelessly) that none of the "victims" are innocent children. If you don't know how I know this, just consider me psychic. Btw: if you're a recent gun-buyer, who bought a gun to feel "more safe," you really should have paid more attention in statistics class. Are you going to store the gun loaded? Where will you hide it? How will you get it when you need it? How will you make sure nobody else (child, angry spouse, burglar) won't find it? Yeah, having guns in the home is brilliant. Oh, and more guns + more bullets = more safety. Sure it does. Watch the headlines over the coming months. It won't be pretty. Hopefully, just a bunch of idiots' with a few less toes...I'll start praying now.
If Barry were the person and President that CNN makes him out to be, CNN wouldn't need to be in constant spin mode for thie guy, his qualities would be self-evident. As it stands, the more CNN spins, the more evident it is that they guy is a miserable failure.
Obama the only president to have trillion dollar deficits 4 years in a row. Sheeple called Bush evil for adding 4+ trillion dollars to the debt in 8 years but give Obama a free pass for adding 7+ trillion in 4 years. Talk about sheeple.
You're equally biased the other way, but that's ok, I guess.
This is such silly argument. First, the president does not have that kind of discretionary spending. Second, Obama came into office in a financial crisis when it was necessary to stimulate the economy You might disagree with stimulus spending, but that's because you are uneducated about economics. If the Republicans were in power, they would have pushed for a stimulus (which they did do in Bush's last few months) and it would be Democrats whining about out-of-control government spending.
bob, it seems that you are using CNN's website as a forum for YOUR lies and misinformation, all the while accusing CNN of using lies and misinformation. Either you are cooly deceptive and this a calculated action on your part, or you are a GOP partisan who spouts nonsense in hopes that no one bothers to look up your claims. Which is it? And why are you so intent on misleading American voters? Do YOU want to destroy this great nation?
The post are so funny , and shows that people worry about the things they cannot change lol. Obama is President 4 more years get over it whether you like him or not lol. If it was a Republican or a Democrat people opinions really do not matter ...Both sides lie to everyone white,black,brown, and yellow...So people wake up and make the most of your life , as for me I have done well under Bush and Obama lol I enjoy life and stay educated ,but never worry about things I cannot change lol
That's like saying we shouldn't pick a favorite NFL team. How can we follow the sport of politics if we don't have a favorite team to cheer for? BTW, all the players on my favorite NFL team deserved to make the Pro Bowl, they only lost because their opponents cheated, etc. :)
Sarcasm aside, great comment.
Yea... thats what we want. We should just turn a blind eye to everything and just accept it bc we cant do anything about it. Thats the problem is that nobody is doing anything about it.
Nah theres nothing you can say to change this persons mind... he is in love with obamas blackness or should i say HALF-blackness. He was talking about overcoming 400 years of slavery. White people are the ones that overcame it for you. If we didnt free you then you would still be slaves. How about some appreciation for my ancestors that fought and DIED for YOUR freedom? I have never once heard a black person show ANY appreciation for the 500,000+ white men that died for them in the most bloody war in US history. You think you are the only people that have been slaves? EVERYONE in history has been slaves at some point. I dont feel sorry for your ancestors I can care less I never owned slaves.
You want respect for your ancesters and yet you can't give respect to the ancesters of Blacks? I'm certain that if you cared a little more for the human race and less about your race, you would evolve into a better human being!!! God Bless You!!!!
I found this to be a touching article. I don't know how people can twist this to criticize our president.
However, like many criticizers, I also can't wait for January 2017. Because Hil will be inaugurated.
I checked, and the University of Chicago Law School made this statement in 2008 when asked what King Obama did there:
"He taught at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004."
So folks, the law school itself said he was a lecturer (not a professor). Nice fairy tale though.
Not sure how this fact changes anything, though. Change "professor" to "lecturer who taught a college class I was in" and isn't the article still the same?
@ nilla.....as I said, he was NOT a professor, so the whole premise is flawed, if not completely false and dishonest. But then most things Obama says could be described as such.
right on the University website here: www(dot)law(dot)uchicago(dot)edu/media
Way to cherry pick your facts... You completely disregard the point that the University of Chicago considers their Senior Lecturers as Professors.
I can't wait until January 2017.
No. But we had eight years of white bush, and by then we'll have wrapped up eight more years of tanned bush. Sixteen years of Bush. And the majority of people are too wrapped up in celebrity gossip and reality tv to realize it. We didn't get hope and change with this teleprompted princess. We got more of the same.
Bush adds 4 trillion dollars to the debt in 8 years and obama calls him unamerican. Obama adds 7 trillion in 4 years and is considered a demi-god. Go Figure. But than all you sheeple watch is CNN>
bob is spelled B O B forward, and backward. go figure.
I can play that game, too!
Trent Dilfer wins a Super Bowl and is considered a good-but-not great quarterback. He's cut the following season.
Meanwhile, Bart Starr throws an interception against the Bears and gets into the Hall of Fame.
Jeez Bob, are you unemployed, or just generally frieghtened of the world? At least technology has evidently given you a life!
Why attack the argument when you can attack the person? oh right, you're a liberal and you cant.
I'd explain it to you, but I doubt you have the intelligence to understand.
Clinton balanced the budget, lowered the debt, no wars and the economy was purring along like a kitten.
Bush inherited the stellar economy and a balanced budget and right off the bat lowered everybody's taxes thinking that would make people happy and get him reelected and no way would lowering everybody's taxes have any kind of impact on us paying our bills. He was wrong. Then the two wars, one fabricated off of lies costing hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars that went onto Obama's tab. Then Bush doubled the debt and destroyed the economy leaving Obama with the second worst recession in American history and two wars to start his first day in office. Obama hasn't fixed everything, but considering the mess he was left with and the Republican Party treating him as the enemy trying to sabotage any and everything he does I give Obama two thumbs up. As a matter of fact the more the GOP hates him the more I like him. They hate him so much that Obama has become my favorite President of all time which will really make Republicans mad. They really really hate it when people say anything nice about the President.
Clinton balanced the budget on the back of a technology bubble that burst shortly after Bush took office. That and September 11 are more responsible for the recession and the debt than lowering taxes. If anything, the tax cuts jumpstarted the economy. Granted the Iraq war didn't help, but Members of Congress from both parties voted in favor of that and of Afghanistan.
Obama doesn't have the same excuse. He inherited a bad economy but his spending didn't do anything to fix it. He continues to spend at unprecedented levels and the economy continues to sputter along. Now we're facing the sequester, which was his idea, and he's trying to blame Republicans for it.
At the end of the day, I'd say that neither Bush or Obama have done this country many favors. Clinton was better, but not quite the demigod the left sees him as. And both parties in Congress are useless.
Ok blame bush,, doesn't that get old? Who are you going to blame this year. The last president. Oh Ya, it was obama. This is obama's legacy. Largest ever deficits 5 years in a row. Most debt fastest of any president EVER. More people on welfare EVER. More blame on EVERYONE else than any other president EVER. Obama is a smuch. Totally unqualified to flip burgers much less be POTUS>
The economy was "purring along like a kitten?" Are you enough to remember how on almost a daily basis during the Clinton years, news stories would come out about thousands of layoffs? Or how by the late 90s, there were already strong signs that the .dot-com bubble was close to collapsing, which it did in 2000? Things were not as rosy as you seem to think they were.
If you check historically, wars help the economy. Sometimes almost a necessity. WWI let to the roaring twenties, WWII took us out of the Great Depression and made us into the #1 economic country in the world, korean war, still increased US GDP.
It must be absolute hell to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and realize you're Sarah Palin. If it was me I'd stick my head in the oven and turn on the gas.
Please do since obviously you are part of the partisan problem and not part of the middle ground answer.
Never mind my dad. I hope to be everything that he is not. Kids should learn from their parent's mistakes because they will never be old enough to do them all.
Boy you better watch what you say! I will give you a beat down like that nice young man Chris Brown gave to that smart mouth Rihanna for talking back.
Nice article Noni. I could only imagine how you feel having been taught by the POTUS!
I bed if the President was to teach law again most of you that complain will not be accepted.... Or could get in. That's plain and simple its the facts.
He didn't teach law. He was a guest lecturer. BTW he lost his license to practice law so even being a guest lecturer is out of the question.
'BTW he lost his license to practice law '
no he didnt. that bull has long been debunked. he didnt lose anything. seriously, you talk of us drinking the kool aid but for crying out loud bob do your own research instead of spouting crap from conspiracy sites.
President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer”. He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license. No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something, and you ‘voluntarily surrender” your license five seconds before the state suspends you.
again i say actually go read up and not spout conspiracy nonsense.
It's like Twin Peaks – "he didn't leave...he was never here!"
Bob is reading chain emails from his octogenarian grandfather. Here are the facts from fact check dot org:
Q: Did Barack and Michelle Obama “surrender” their law licenses to avoid ethics charges?
A: No. A court official confirms that no public disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against either of them, contrary to a false Internet rumor. By voluntarily inactivating their licenses, they avoid a requirement to take continuing education classes and pay hundreds of dollars in annual fees. Both could practice law again if they chose to do so.
According to bob, the Sheeple should stop believing the lies being told by the liberal media and instead believe the lies being told by the conservative media. That's just "common sense", apparently.
The story about the Obamas surrendering their law licenses due to ethics concerns has been debunked multiple times. It's best not to repeat falsehoods. The Obamas voluntarily surrendered their licenses probably to avoid ongoing licensure requirements such as continuing education, which would be difficult to maintain as President and First Lady. The Illlinois Bar has confirmed that there were no ethics investigations and that the Obamas could have their licenses re-instated.
I am not a fan of Obama, but a quick google search will debunk your false ideology. There was nothing wrong with Obama's law credentials and there were no records of disciplinary actions. I read some of your posts and you are a prime example of the sheer laziness that plagues our country. Please do a quick fact check on yourself before posting.
The Illinois bar association does NOT release disciplinary actions past present or future on any of the licensed lawyers in Illinois. For fact check to state that there is no record of disciplinary action is true but not factual. Obama was under investigation for lying on his bar application and chose to withdraw from practicing law rather than face a hearing. FACT JACK.
how's life in the bubble Bob? ISBA right now has a statement on their website that they are "proud to have Barack Obama as an honorary member".
Took the media six years to come up with an alleged student that Obama taught. Mighty fishy.
Is there anything that isn't fishy about Obama to you? He wore a black suit yesterday. That's kind of fishy. He ate eggs and bacon yesterday for breakfast. Definitely fishy. He wore his little American flag on his suit a little lower today. That's kind of fishy too huh?
The really fishy thing is why Paul Ryan never released his 6th-grade science project. Since we don't know what it is, we can only assume it was a genocide machine.
Who would want to be in his class? so we could listen to a bunch of racebaiting propaganda? No thanks
These Fix news folks really hate positive news about our President. They sound like about bunch of cats that can't take clean stuff like soap and water. Being so wrong about somebody just means your blind, but being dumb about it means blind and dumb.
If you actually watched Fox, you would know that the president gets BOTH praise and criticism. Media outlets are not supposed to be a politician's cheerleader.
Keep watching CNN. They won't tell you anything the WH doesn't approve. Where on CNN, anywhere in the last year does it tell you sheeple that even if the sequestration goes into affect the government will still spend 15 billion dollars more this year than last. You people are so brain washed.
People (Sheeple) stopped paying attention to facts a long time ago. Now we just get our propaganda and live our meager lives hoping the country doesn't fall apart. Actually, most are oblivious to the fact that the country is falling apart. FB doesn't inform these people of news like that.
The country has been "falling apart" for over 200 years, since every single President has been (according to at least one person) "intent on destroying America".
Troll Alert! Troll Alert!
I started reading this and as I got further and further into it I was thinking "An article that says something nice about Obama?" Conservatives get really really mad anytime anybody says something positive about Obama, so I knew there would be a lot of Conservatives here spreading good will and cheer. Nobody is allowed to say anything good about the President ever. If they do they must be part of the Communist liberal media trying to destroy America.
I have to disagree, even the most far right nut jobs have commented on how well Barack Obama can read a teleprompter. It's probably his most widely accepted talent :)
OMG, I didnt know there were black lawyers. Everytime I go to the welfare office to get my checks all the black people are there.
Racist – typical liberal progressive. You are not fooling anyone.
Why haven't you paid any child support dad for me dad?
Which one of kids is this? I didnt know any of them could spell...........
omg; when I worked as a case worker in cal, I had 250 cases to deal with every month and 235 were white. if you know the states, you would know that 80% people on welfare are white. Now take that to your klan leader
Now you are making crap up. There are not that many whites in California anymore. All the people with money are moving away. Only ones left are the hollywood types.
All conservatives please repost this every chance you get:
biggest welfare states per capita and the total welfare dollars for that state.
15) Oregon 84 million
14) PA. 247 million
13) MI 380 million
12) RI 54.7 million
11) Indiana 107 million
10) New Mexico 58.87 million
9) Washington 266 million
8) MN 107 million
7) NY 1.47 BILLION
6) DC 18 million
5) VT 31 million
4) MA 296 million
3) TN 91 million
2) Maine 62 million
1) and of course illegal alien california leads with 3.28 BILLION
Source Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
Well Mrs Doris all I know is that the only black people I see are at the welfare office, in the back of the newspaper under crimewatchers, and on TV stations robbing liquer stores.
LOL at bob accusing someone of "making crap up". According to the US Census, CA is 74% white. Big state, but 74% is "not that many people"? C'mon. Just say "I don't like Obama" and leave it at that, since your supporting "evidence" is garbage.
Nice story to read.
When some off the farm GOP Fox Bot shoots the wrong person and civil unrest breaks out, they'll be wanting gun control when they realize liberal does not mean unarmed...
100% of all mass shootings have been committed by liberal progressives. In fact never once has a shooting been conducted by a member of the NRA>
'100% of all mass shootings have been committed by liberal progressives'
wow you spout some bull, you really do
Its the truth, prove me wrong.
you are the one making a claim, you need to prove it correct
"Everything said on the Internet is true" -Benjamin Franklin.
bob, I don't know where you live, but my local paper never, ever reports NRA membership status in murder reports. I guess, using your logic, no one whose favorite song is "Ice, Ice Baby" ever killed anyone, either.
That neo-nazi who shot up the Sikh temple in Wisconsin was a "progressive liberal"? Huh?
I love Obama!!!! I have been out of work for the last years (lack of caring) and have recieved some sort of welfare every month. Now I can spend 12 hours a day playing Call of Duty and eating Ding Dongs. Thanks Obama your the man!
This article is nonsense! Everyone knows that Obama never had a real job.
Ok fake palintwit. Fun time is over. Your mother is calling you. She says that it's time for your enema.
I have to go to the obamacare clinic to get my enema so later!
I work for CNN and I am on the job right now...
I am in charge of cleaning polishing all the knobs here at the studio.
Fake palintwit ^ knows how to polish his own knob and that's about it.
Have we actually taken a positive article and used it as a platform to bash the POTUS? Why not invest your negative energy into uplifting your fellow "LEECH". What are you doing to improve our company's global status? The rest of the world is laughing hysterically!
Because it is all a lie. Most of us are tired of being lied to. This story will turn out to be fake just like so many of the other stories about obama.
fake in what way bob? that she didnt go to the university? or that she didnt have him as a professor?
First of all obama was NOT a professor. He was a guest lecturer. He doesn't have, didn't have the qualifications to be a professor. If one part is a lie the whole story is a lie. Obama is a liar.
'UC Law School statement: 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 t itle of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the t itle of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers have
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.'
We got the Republican memo already. Obama has never had a job, he never went to school, he was born in Kenya, he is a Muslim, he hates America, he belongs to the Chicago Mafia, his wife is an ape, he is a Communist, he hates all businesses, is always on vacation spending 2 trillion a day playing golf on the beach with four aircraft carriers providing escort.
Seriously?? Not qualified to be a professor after leading the Harvard Law Review? Not qualified to teach a Law course with a focus on Racism? Surely, at least one of the other "Professors" who lectured during the same period would've spoken up by now if this was the case? I definitey didn't attend Harvard or any Ivy League University, but I'm going to go on the limb in saying that there curriculum is probably more rigorous than 95+ % of all universities with Law disciplines. Maybe I'm wrong?
In 5 minutes, I predict bob will say that Obama never stepped foot in Chicago.
Holy cow Bob! Either your the stupidest, most bigotted person in the country...or your the new Voltaire!
Kkk and muslim brotherhood should work together. This is a big oppertunity for both. We hate this president and white peopal also hate him
typical liberal progressive, you are not fooling anyone.
If I was Sarah Palin I'd name my next baby Ringworm.
Fake palintwit ^
I, too had Obama as an instructor when he was an adjunct profesor at Chicago Law. This woman's experieince is not representative of how most of his students, including me, viewed him. He wasn't inspiring, nor was he even knowledgeable about his subject matter. Reviews by his students generally described him as satisfactory at best. The law school did not considered for a permanent position on the faculty. While these facts about his performance have generally been overlooked by the mainstream media, one can find articles to support what I've said by doing a Google search.
It's sad that CNN didn't put as much effort into looking into Obama's background as it clearly must have had to put inot finding one of the few students who actually saw Mr. Obama as better than mediocre. My guess is that this exercise was the journalistic equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
The election is over, CNN, and your guy won. Since he can't run again, I can't understand the continuing need to serve as the PR agency for Obama and his wife, especially given the many important stories out there that should be covered.
I seriously doubt you went to law school. I would be amazed if you had a GED.
Actually he did and he will release his college transcripts.
You went there too? You should know the names of your professors there then. Name two and we might for a second consider that you are telling the truth. I think you are talking total BS and can't name one person that ever taught there. Your lack of response will show the truth. Just because Bush and FOX lie with ease you think you are just as qualified?
If you had him as an adjunct professor (Lecturer) that would have been during his first four years there. He became a Senior Lecturer after four years, according to the UC Law School web site, and they claim that he was offered tenure track on a few occassions but declined.
So maybe the guy became a better professor as his teaching experience grew, which would not be unusual.
My bum hurts.
Fake palintwit at 12:52 pm ^
Boy... the Fox Bots are out in force today spewing stupidity at an unprecedented amount...
March 1st coming up and their GOP do nothing legislative traitorous congress has taken screwing the American people to new levels... The GOP declared they would never work with Obama, even in one of Americas times of need, they sat back and raped the American people.... You Fox Bots can yell about Obama all you want, but you, the GOP have done more damage to this country than Bin Laden and are now the enemy within....
Sequestration was Obama's idea and his baby. Read the Bob Woodward story for the real scoop. He even said obama is a liar and he put it in print. And he cites all his sources. Liberal progressives are so brain washed. BTW how does taking 2.4 % of the budget and not spending it turn into gloom and doom? PH UCK liberals are brain dead.
BTW – Just to show how stupid you are. When the sequester goes through the government will still spend 15 BILLION DOLLARS MORE THIS YEAR THAN LAST. You people are so stupid, but than CNN readers generally are.
'Sequestration was Obama's idea and his baby'
and why was it suggested and put forward bob?
Cedar Rapids: It was put forward by Obama because he won't compromise. It was put forward by Obama because he has no vision. By the way, spending with the sequestration will actually increase "ONLY" 15 billion this year. You obamabots are really ignorant because CNN doesn't tell you the truth.
'bob – Cedar Rapids: It was put forward by Obama because he won't compromise. It was put forward by Obama because he has no vision. '
It was put forward as a stick to try to get both sides to come to an agreement with the understanding that the alternative was the cuts that NO ONE WANTED, not even Obama.
Hey BOB, let me tell you something....2.4% cut is huge to my welfare spending card. Sequestor is going to cost me about $9 a week. Do you even know what that means? That is $36 a month. Its going to cost me about 1 lap dance and 8 bottles of Colt45 a month.
You mean the sequester that 174 Republicans voted for? The one that Boehner said "I'm happy, I got 98% of what i wanted? That sequester?
All GOP supporters move to the South and rage was against these Obama lovers.
It is that kind of closed minded thinking from both parties that cripples our government. Both parties are wrong for standing "their ground" instead of working to find middle ground that actually helps our country. You stay in your corner and the Republicans will stay in theirs and we will all fall together.
Even with sequestration spending will increase by over 15 billion this year. Show me the doom and gloom.
Obama is a racist, remember the beer summit? He was wrong then and he is still a racist today. Remember, If I had a son he would look like Trayvon. Turns out Trayvon was a burglar and a drug dealer. He was right that time though.
True. He s trying to destroy white peopal.
Yea but doesnt matter that blacks make up 85% of all violent crime in the US, the working white man will pay for them to all sit in prison and pay for thier 12 kids on the outside to live. Obama makes this possible.
Fake palintwit at 12:55 pm ^
Now that Sarah Palin has been broomed from Fake News she has enough time to finish writing her book of baby name suggestions. Here's a few of her favorites... Trig, Mudflap, Spatula, Bristol, Checkvalve, Fargo, Pinhead, Piper, Nozzle-breath, Wormer
Fake palintwit 12:48pm ^
Fake palintwit at 12:57 pm ^
I work for CNN, I know the facts on Obama. He gives 1000% more to the welfare people than any other president. We should continue to take from the white people and give to my fellow brothers and sisters like Obama is doing. All Praise Obama!
Fake palintwit at 12:46 pm ^
This is a great personal story of a woman that had an outstanding and inspiring Teacher in school. Their interaction in Law School had a direct impact on her achievements in life. Great Teachers Rule!!!!
I am sure he "pumped" her full of some good information.
I saw a similar picture with Clinton and Monica
You are pure evil.....karma has a way of catching up with the likes of you.
OBAMA WAS NOT A PROFESSOR ANYWHERE – HE WAS A VISITING LECTURER. HE IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE A PROFESSOR (OR PRESIDENT FOR THAT MATTER)
White peopal must bring civil war again to this country. This presedent is worst.
Typical liberal progressive – you aint fooling no one.
Blacks deserve more than whites after all they have been through. That is what Obama is doing in office. Making sure all my homies get some of the working class dollars. Ya heard.
sorry bob but pretty much anyone who matters says you are wrong.
NOBODY with a brain says I am wrong.
you keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.
Fake palintwit at 12:49 pm ^
Barak Hussein Obama has brought a curse upon this nation! America will never prosper with this evil man as president!
Get a life! He's the best thing that ever happened to America. He brought justice to all. What do you want? someone who really care for the rich and let the minority suffered? I feel sorry for the poor, black, and gays of the america. That's not what America stands for.
Are you really that ignorant. I know CNN doesn't tell you this stuff but listen up: Pay attention its free: Under Obama we have added 7 trillion dollars in debt in 4 years, under bush 4.6 in 8 years. Under obama we have the lowest job participation rate EVER. Under obama we have 45% of the country on food stamps or some other type of welfare. Under obama we have had the FIRST EVER DOWNGRADE OF AMERICAN CREDIT. Stop drinking the kool aid and actually educate yourself.
i'd say the same of you bob.
Bob, and how did all these financial problems start...?
Bush drove the country into the ditch, there is no disputing that. And since then the Republicans have done everything in their power, even resorting to a virtual comedy of lies (death panels, anyone?) and voting against their own bills, to keep President Obama from fixing the economy. They have spent the last 5 years actively sabotaging our economy in the hopes of defeating Obama. In fact, they continue to do so now with the Sequestration (which, although Republicans are trying to label it "Obama's Sequestration", was passed 100% by Republican votes - zero Democrats voted for it). Despite their best efforts, the Republicans have failed because Obama consistently outsmarts them and the vast majority of the country isn't buying what the Republicans are trying to sell. The country is moving forward and the economy continues to grow; meanwhile the Republicans have become a party of childish, petulant whiners whose only appeal is to low information voters, Fox News bots, and racists. Just think where our economy could be right now without the epic-yet-failed right wing obstructionism.
Hmmm..Perhaps BO should've taken a poll before bailing out the auto industry versus doing what was clearly right? We should also forbid any and all individuals who voted against the Health Reform Bill from utilizing any of its benefits. Put your actions where YOUR rhetoric is.
Yes, he is the worst Presedent. We hate him everywhere he go.
Dear Liseli? When talking about a political subject, be specific, stick to the facts, not emotions. Don’t assume is the way you may think it is, find the facts and make sure you are right on your assertions. That way you will win the argument, but most important you will look intelligent and not like a clueless teenager.
Obama is worst president ever! America will never prosper with this president at the helm!
Ever notice that, at any given time, the President in office is the "worst ever"? It's never the fifth or sixth worst. It's like Washington was the best ever, and every one after was worse than his predecessor.
G.W. was the worst by a long shot.
We did so well under Bush!!!
..How quickly people froget where we were a few years ago. Obama has done a great deal to fix a mess from Bush..
The fact that we are no longer having thousands of soldiers dying in the middle east is amazing.
No more wars!!
You call this fixed. More people don't have jobs today than ever in the history of the country including the great depression. Stop repeating mantra and actually go look up some facts. Bush may not have been the swiftest boat in the water but obama absolutely sucks and stinks.
Wow Liseli, what a great contribution to the conversation. Seriously. I can't believe how profound your statement is. To think that just moments ago I thought he was perfect and then you throw this bomb out there. I honestly cannot believe how much you have changed my point of view with your statistics, new found facts, and enlightened perspective. Your views should be published world-wide.
We like to see Americans fight and hate each other. Please, add some more comments like these.
This is Obama at work! Beautiful isnt it?
Fake palintwit at 12:41 pm ^
How old are you Liseli? When talking about a political subject, be specific, stick to the facts, not emotions. Don’t assume is the way you may think it is, find the facts and make sure you are right on your assertions. That way you will win the argument, but most important you will look intelligent and not like a clueless teenager.
Ok how about the lowest job participation rate EVER under obama. Fact enough for you? Or about about 7.5 trillion in new debt under obama in only 4 years. Fact enough for you?
Obama hates white people.
Fake palintwit at 12:24 pm ^
Typical racist right-wing nut that you are. He should hate them more, but unlike you President Obama has a lot more class than you.
Obama has zero class. Remember the beer summit. Or, If I had a son he would be like Trayvon (the hood). You need to stop being brainwashed.
I guess that's why his cabinet is mostly "white".
My observation is that since the liberals think he's too conservative, and the conservatives think he's too liberal... it would appear he's governing in the middle.
And to those who said he would be soft on security, he's killed (have killed) many more of our key enemies than any president to date.
There will always be a difference between campaigning and governing, between a 1st term and a 2nd term.
I think the US is fortunate to have a leader with high IQ, an eagerness to learn from mistakes and a much tougher negotiator than most gave him credit for.
Time to stop and think critically instead of ranting from one extreme to another... although intellectually much easier (and lazier) to think black or white.
It's mostly male, too. Only three women in the fifteen Cabinet positions.
Remind me again, under Obama's leadership, did like over 3000 Americans die in a single day? Ask yourself this, if what happened under bush jr happened under Obama, would Obama have been elected? The man made the decision to get bin Laden and you Republican'ts won't ever give him credit for it. Under Bush, if you went against him, you were called "unpatriotic". So I say it is unpatriotic to and just insane to say Obama is evil or is the worst President. Remember what you say as it will be used against you later down the line. If it was another civil war, the south/republicans/white's will lose.....AGAIN!!!!!!!
Yea... since in the civil war it was the blacks of the north against the whites in the south... hahaaha. Maybe you should remember that blacks owe their freedoms and everything they have in this country to the EVIL white man...haha
A history book would serve you well. The south, was Democratic...the Union, was Republican. The President in office at the time, a guy by the name of Lincoln, was Republican. After the election of Abraham Lincoln, Southern Democrats led the charge to secede from the Union and form the Confederate States of America. Further context, the KKK was led by Democratic leaders.
Oh, I do give Obama credit for giving the order on Bin Laden...it's more than Clinton did when he had the same opportunity.
Stop posting as me! I only wanted to state that Obama is the best thing for the welfare class and black people in this country! Bout time all the working whites pay for welfare blacks to live the way they should. Holler at a playa.
Palintwit would never sign his/her name that way. You are a fraud.
A fone example of the lemmings that will go over a cliff for an idiot!
O my -I'm so excited-what shall I wear!!!!!!!–not a ot of depth there!
She is a UofC law school graduate. "Lemmings" don't graduate from the UofC. They don't even get in.
I like President Obama, and your behavior is insulting to him. If you were a genuine supporter rather than a mere fan, you would dispute ANYTHING untrue that is said about Obama, not just the untrue things that you don't like.
(This reply was supposed to be attached to nvmature's comment below. CNN, fix your bugs!)
"DH"--It doesn't matter where your post is-your comments are worthless anyway-and if you mut go around defending your hero maybe he is doing the WRONG things!!!!
The day people stop claiming the reason someone says something or thinks something is due to racism, is when racism will actually die. Race is not a factor in why I think things – when certain things are done or said it feeds into stereotypes... and all people know stereotypes for all ethnicity have some truth to them (I guarantee someone will find that comment racist somehow). Barrack Obama has been a failed President by every measuring stick – compare him to past Presidents with similar/worse/dare I say, slightly better numbers and do an honest assessment of how they were evaluated compared to Obama...
An ounce of truth ringiong in the silent ears of the lemmings on their way to the cliff!
'and all people know stereotypes for all ethnicity have some truth to them '
the problem starts when people use that stereotype to label ALL of an ethnicity
I agree with your point – I was simply expressing how people, in reality do think – you see/hear something and it can only feed into or stand out to you...due to what YOU personally think of people/groups. It is how people conform opinions about others, you judge them based on a certain criteria that is important to you. It is exactly why Romney had the mantra of "Evil, rich, white guy" in the past election... but is that considered racist? That is my point.
since he is so special to her that she elevates his position to something he is not, why not just call him God? Is this person a Lawyer? I guess they just make stuff up without facts.
say the person that read the article and think the author sees Obama as a god.
Very inspiring story as Obama an inspiring person
Obama is as inspiring as corn in my shat.
When you think that Sarah Palin is inspiring, I know that you do not have any common sense as a person and the brain of a gnat.
Fake palintwit at 12:36 pm ^
Being rude and crude gives away your lack of intelligence!
amen! He's a great president of all time!
Hahahah... yea right. The only people that would acknowledge that statement is the media. I am sorry but most people HATE Obama...
Thank you. My very thought as soon as I read the headline! They still try to rewrite history!
Was there another page? > "As a direct result of what I learned in Obama’s classroom, I continue to be passionate about the issues we discussed, to make time to participate in my community and to challenge myself to consider every perspective". < WHAT DID YOU LEARN?? Details, please.
Very nice story, but President Obama was never a professor at Chicago Law. he was a lecturer. Just to keep it factual.
In your mind, probably never President either. Just keeping it real.
the university themselves have said they classified him as a professor.
Blacks make up 16% of the US population. Yet they commit 85% of all violent crimes in the US.
83% of the statistics on the internet are made up.
And Joe is 100% an idiot.... check the facts in front of your face.
Are you saying Allen West is probably a violent criminal?
Not the real palintwit at 11:53 am ^
And that has.......what.......to do with this article?
Blacks are tried and convicted at significantly higher rates than other groups of people. It does not necessarily mean they are more prone to commit crimes.
Yea thats what it is... everything is just a huge conspiracy against black people... we know they dont commit very much crime...LMAO
Hey yeah Obama came to a Dekalb school, caused a traffic jam in this city that was astronomical and nobody nationally mentions the scandal that is happening in this school district! One of the worst ran school systems in the state of Georgia that has now gotten to the point where the Governor has had to step in to possibly kick out all of the school board members! Good job OBAMA on picking another winner... Just like the damn environmental investments you made haha man oh man. All I gotta say is this guy wouldnt be in the White House if he wasn't half African American.
Are you really bringing his race into this?? That has nothing to do with school districts. He is handling the issues in schools the best he can. He is the President of the United States and not only does he have a war to worry about but the budget, gun laws, unemployment, etc. Let's see you have all that on one plate and handle it to the point that everyone is getting exactly what they want. Not too easy huh? The people that sit on the schoolboards committee are brought in either by votes from the school district or brought up internally. So if you have a problem with your school district, don't get on the President but go to your public hearings and find out why your school district is doing so bad. Don't throw your issues onto someone that is trying to run our country... and don't use race in your arguments, it makes you look racist and like an idiot. Obama isn't my favorite President but you can't deny that it is the hardest, most stressful and exhausting job in the entire country so give the guy some credit for taking on the job and doing his best. He was a lot better of a candidate then any other person running for President.
This guy was a lecturer, not a tenured professor. Quite a difference, but professor makes him sound better, so they run with it.
To her, he was something special and a role model, no matter his rank at the time. But either way, here is a fact: He is President of the United States of America now. Dispute that.
Who is "this guy" you speak of? You stupid moron!
"this guy" is an unqualified interloper who is destroying the country while occupying an office he is not legally qualified to hold.
You're an idiot. Anyone who has been to college calls their professors, "professor", whether it is a lecturer or profesor...no one says my lecturer or my teacher in college. petty and small.
The majority of my school life we called ours instructors. You wouldn't call a paralegal a lawyer.
Except they could have used the word teacher, but instead chose professor.. oh well.
Americans should stop this Obama-bashing and rather support and pray for him to excel at his leadership for the betterment of the country at large.In my opinion,Obama has been a far better president working for his country than some idiotic leaders around the world- plundering the riches of their nation and with no compassion for the masses they were elected to lead or they imposed themselves on.America-get a grip on reality and if you dont have any meaningful thing to say about your president-shut your mouth..
I agree completely with your comments. As I read through some of the comments I can't believe how some of the right wing Americans need to trash their president. Obama besides being an excellent president I think he has done a great deal to help racial relationships in the US and the views from countries outside of the US. Just the fact that we would elect twice a black president says something at least about the views of the majority of US citizens.
HAY ABU your not from here so kiss my ass.
People--Lord help us–Please–I am WHITE-Why can't we get some true background on this guy, some true history prior to being Senator and Prez–from a WHITE perspective. Did any WHITES have him for a lecturer–??? That is all I want–then I hope to gain a true picture of just who the h- my President really is!!!
Now–watch how many accuse me og being racist!!! That is another problem. I am a REALIST!!
If you can operate a computer to post Fox Bot questions then you have the skills to research the answers you need...
unless you can't read too...
I have tried to find real information on Obama's teaching.career–There is no real objective feedback form an objective student–One that can't help but trip over their Blackness-Other than the fact tht, when he was IN THE ILLINOIS Legislature he aways voted "present"–a real sign of political courage. I have never even seen a response from someone who worked with him when he was a "Community Organizer". I truly want to see tangible data on what he ever accomplished that I would consider an accomplishment-not the color of his skin--
Next time I read a product review online, I want to know the race of the reviewer AND the race of the CEO of the product's manufacturer. If both are white, that disqualifies the review as valid, by your logic.
I'm white too, but I have no idea why you are talking like a paranoid idiot. A lot of people, of many races, knew the President since he was a kid in Hawaii; there is a lot of information about him. If you want to know about your president, just go to the library and do some research. Everything is available, from pictures to lectures, everything.
The opposite of 'racist' is not 'realist,' but 'non-racist.' The opposite of a 'realist' is a 'dreamer.' You're dreaming if you think some accounts from a law class, which I gather you don't study, will provide you with more info than Obama"s comportment in response to the challenges of his presidency. Moreover, he's written several books. I suggest you read them if you're interested in biography. I hope you don't mind an Irish opinion, since race/ethnicity rather that education seem most critical to you?
Lord help us–Please–I am WHITE-Why can't we get some true background on this guy, some true history prior to being Senator and Prez–from a WHITE perspective. Did any WHITES have him for a lecturer–??? That is all I want–then I hope to gain a true picture of just who the h- my President really is!!!
your user name answers all of your questions for you
Not sure if I get your point. Are you saying he is only a quality professor if he teaches white students?
I'm not going to throw in one of those conspiracy theories that I've been seeing, but here's a question to think about.
Am I the only person who finds it a little bit creepy (obsessive stalker type creepy) that this woman would hold onto a syllabus for 18 years. I'm not talking about school books or notes or anything that might be useful as a reference material, because I know I saved some things from my college years. I'm talking about the syllabus... that 2 page introduction every student gets at the beginning of the semester that outlines grading policies and what to expect in class. That's like one of the first things that gets thrown out at the end of the semester, and to hold onto it for 18 years... that's raising the cuckoo flag in my opinion.
And that "he remembers me".
Total PR BS. Another weak attempt to build a back story for the Manchurian Candidate.
No. I'm a white male and the syllabus is one of the only things I've kept from most of my college classes.
Not necessarily creepy- I bet I still have all the syllabi from my college courses from 12+ years ago simply because I save way too much and haven't bothered going through all the boxes of old paperwork that are stacked up- It's not because I'm a stalker, just disorganized! I probably still have stuff from high school and before haha... and I'll probably be on an episode of Hoarders pretty soon because of it!
I know many students who keep papers from school experiences for decades.
Keeping a syllabus from college isn't strange at all. I received my undergraduate degree more than 20 years ago, and I still have the class notes, handouts, and materials for undergraduate courses in my major. I didn't keep materials from most of my elective courses, but from my major I kept as much as possible – and I still reference some of it today. I still have everything from graduate school as well. Materials from both college experiences, and many of my graduate and undergraduate courses, has been useful in my profession.
I still have stacks of college material lying around. I'm sure there is a syllabus or two in there.
I love Obama! He gave me and my homies all obamaphones for free! Now we never have to work! And free healthcare for my 12 kids... all at the taxpayers expense! It's good to be black and on welfare in America these dayz! Obama is the SHIZZLE! Holla.
They are Bushphones, created during the administratin of G.W. Bush.
Actually it comes from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Federal Universal Service Fund that it created. So you can blame Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton.
You seem very smart and well edumacated. Why dont you check the facts before you open your mouth, idiot.
no president is responsible for the state of this country. you are no patriot and your certainly not funny. obama was a conlaw professor at uchicago (T1 school), after being editor of the harvard law review (best school in nation) and he didn't come from wealth. hes one of the best candidates for president we've ever had. not because of my opinion because of his creditentials and experience as a senator, you could say he's "qualified" for the position. you my friend are part of the nut-crew of people who think that obama has the authority or power to give away things at a whim. you see congress must approve his measures. the american people are represented via congress. the founding fathers set it up this way. he's committed no crimes, and pretty much somehow got the economy atleast a little better than it used to be considering it was in a free fall in the bush era. you are an igonorant fool and part of the reason this country is struggling. you spend more time trying to tear down the sucesses of your betters, rather than working to catch up. if every american worked as hard as obama for what he has, this country would be #1 in every category. obama is a shining example of hard work paying off. we have the talent. we just have dumb fools like you, who are too lazy, and unwilling to try to put in the effort. i went to law school and business school and my father came to this country with 8$ in his pocket. i worked my way like many hard americans. america is a wonderful country, and you my friend are no patriot. you're a biggot and if obama's name or skin color wasnt what it was im sure you'd be his biggest fan. ur an embarrassment to yourself and you give a bad name to good american people. the same good people who helped me get my way, and it wasnt you. don't kid yourself. it was the teachers and the lovers of other human beings that helped and showed me the path. may you find peace in your life, and if not atleast stop trying to hold the rest of the world down for your inadequacies. if you dont have what you want, stop trying to blame obama and look in the mirror and ask yourself why. this country has everything to give you, u just didn't work for it and thats the truth and the truth hurts.
Dude... play your broken FOX Entertainment channel babble somewhere else...
Even though I worship Repubs like you and Palin and McDonnald... you are the reason your party is becoming totally useless...
This is about as un-enlightening about when the president was a professor as this article could possibly have been. Why even waste your time writing this?
Lord help us–I am WHITE-Why can't we get some true background on this guy, some true history prior to being Senator and Prez–from a WHITE perspective. Did any WHITES have him for a lecturer–??? That is all I want–then I hope to gain a true picture of just who the h- my President really is!!!
Obama Iis the best welfare prez EVA! I can even buy booze and lotto with my EBT card! Livin tha dream, livin tha dream!
Not the real palintwit at 11:49 am ^
Nice story. Congratulations to Noni Ellison-Southall for making it and being a role model. Good to hear a former student perspective.
Thank God we have an educator in the White House. He has the intelligence to elevate himself above the fray of GOP petty racism and obstructionist behavior. It's so very disappointing that so many of the GOP have sunk to a new low from all the propaganda and hate. If we can improve education, perhaps we will have more critical thinkers in this country.
You are so deluded it's sad.
An educator in the White House? Are you kidding me? He is a disaster to our economy, our military, our values and morals and our young black communities. Unemployment, up. Crime, up. Race relations, a mess. Our budget, ugh. Please, do not not try to tell anyone this man has been good for America.
So Sue, you believe that an american citizen who denounces his country moves to Yemen to live among America's declared enemy and spread extremist propaganda and plot terrorist attacks against the US and it's Interests should not be targeted for assassination because he is a US Citizen? I feel if a person so publicly and vehemently declares themselves an enemy of any country and aids in or plots the deaths of innocent people, has forfeited any rights of citizenship.
See my original response below – no politician should be sole judge,jury, and executioner...especially not of anyone who hasn't charged, tried, or convicted of a crime. Those who commit treason, or any other crime on the books should be apprehended, and tried in front of a jury of their peers. Any less by Obama,Bush, whoever shouldn't be tolerated.
Still don't agree? Well, we gave Timothy McVeigh a trial. A speedy, fair, innocent-until-proven-guilty trial in front of his peers. These people deserve the same. Anything less is truly unamerican.
Obama fights racism with... more racism... great president... way to go half-black people all across the country... best president ever... puke
Nice article, but you fail to mention the part where he had a lecture about the "importance of rendition", "extrajudicial killing of US citizens", and of course "holding people in limbo for 10 years without charge, or trial (gitmo)."
I don't pretend to know everything that he does, as to what goes on in this country...BUT, I wouldn't be very proud to know he was my professor if I knew people were suffering because of policies he continues.
So j, you believe that an american citizen who denounces his country moves to Yemen to live among America's declared enemy and spread extremist propaganda and plot terrorist attacks against the US and it's Interests should not be targeted for assassination because he is a US Citizen? I feel if a person so publicly and vehemently declares themselves an enemy of any country and aids in or plots the deaths of innocent people, has forfeited any rights of citizenship.
don't know why this posted twice...
No one forfeits their citizenship under the law by such a manner. We have due process in this country to ensure that all are innocent, until proven guilty. If a US citizen someone is guilty of treason, espionage, etc. they should be apprehended, charged, and tried in a court of law, in front of a jury of their peers.
No politician should be made sole judge, jury, and executioner. That's why the rule of law should be upheld, and not subject to some kind of popularity contest. If we gave Timothy McVeigh a fair, and speedy trial, then this person should get one too. PERIOD.
Sorry Sue this comment was not to you.
First he didn't have a lecture on those subjects regarding the Bush policies....
So, in the 5th year of his Presidency, we now have someone giving a firsthand account of something Obama did when he was in school, or lecturing? This is the first, first person account of anything regarding Obamas educational experience. This administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to cover up and keep secret any information about Obamas college education, grades, or jobs related to University lecturing or Professorship, and we're supposed to read this and get a warm and fuzzy feeling? Sorry, this is a set up if I ever saw one. This story was planted by the White House. Wake up people.
"This is the first, first person account of anything regarding Obamas educational experience."
You know this how? Did you actually do painstaking research that turned up not a single other account?
I read CNN, ABC news, Fox News, and MSNBC daily, and have for years. I also watch these things on TV. If you had done any of these in the last 4 years, you would see this also. Sadly, you only watch CNN, and believe every thing they say. Broaden your horizons, do some investigation, and think for yourself. I dislike most politicians, and am not a big fan of either party. But I really get tire of the politicians and the press trying to manipulate the american public. I get even more tired when they succeed on people that take what they say at face value, and don't investigate for themselves.
Um, you're a paranoid putz.
Nice reply. Now, I challene you to find any verifiable information about any of Obamas grades, transcripts, dates attended, or accomplishments from ANY college or University that he attended. Also, find out who paid for his education, or if it was scholarships and student loans, how much wa it, and how did he pay it off? The cost of what he claims he did, and where he went runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. His family did not have that kind of money. These are questions the American public has a right to know.
You want paranoid? Do you know that Joe Biden ruptured an aneurysm in his brain, had two complex brain surgeries, and was in rehab for months back in 1988? Don't believe me? This is publicly available information. Just Google it. Now, find me any report from a doctor, any report of his postoperative MRI scan, anything relating to what the injury to his frontal lobes may have done to his insight, judgment or personality–nothing. And find me any example of this EVER being discussed during the campaign. I wish Biden all the best, but I think it is terrifying that the man one heartbeat from the oval office has this history and that it has never been publicly discussed. How could that NOT be due to wilful media suppression of the topic?
Yeah, because all of us should worry about a health problem a politician had back in 1988. Jeez, could you be any more petty, dude? I don't believe there's anything to worry about, this was 25 years ago. But I wouldn't expect a far right to actually comprehend this.
It's all a vast conspiracy, let me tell you.
Is OBOSO Donald Trump is disguise? Who else would be as stupid to bring up the birth certiface again?
I enjoyed everyone's comment. Very nice how 'intelligent', 'educated', 'money-making' individuals can critize and be-little each other online. It made my Monday morning. Good thing I am none of the above, so I have no criticism to dish out to anyone. Only one thing that we should all ponder upon, – man, woman, boy or girl, if you were faced with being elected President of this great nation, are you certain you will be able to do a better job? Politics is exactly what it is, politics. Just pray for the current cabinet and hope and pray that things somehow change for the better for all of us.
I don't agree with a good portions of the presidents views, but I do know
A) I could not do a better job
B) It has to be the hardest job ever
So I usually refrain from criticizing the man
I also realize that one person is not the be all, end all of what happens in the world, regardless of which political party that person belongs to. I find it funny that some say Arab Spring was Obama's doing, yet don't consider the American Revolution France's doing.
Thank you Ryan. Yours is the most sensible post I have read so far!
@afia austin: AMEN!
Dude is as much white as b1ack. Why is he always using the race card to promote communism?
Don't look now Cletus but someone is trying to tip your cow over.
My dear Fabio – The president is wisely promoting education so that people who are as ignorant as you will not be among our children. Your kind of hatred and bias is the product of a lack of education. Go back to school so you can gain enough knowledge to appreciate your fellow man. You will be a much more contented individual and then perhaps, you can comment intelligently.
You must have an advanced degree in stupid online trolling. You're quite good at it.
The majority of people who are on welfare are white and mostly southern republicans if the majority were black or other minorities welfare would have been cut a long time ago
more whites than blacks are on welfare by a whopping 38 to 37% despite blacks being only 13% of the nation's population and whites being 70%...
as far as political affiliation, 14 of the 15 biggest welfare states voted democrat... http://www.cnbc.com/id/31910310/page/16
another liberal lie blown
Yes, majority of people on welfare are white bc whites make up 65-67% of the total US population while blacks make up only 13% of the population. However, a large percentage of the black population is on welfare and commits majority of violent crimes in this country. For only being 13% of the poplation, 50% of the murders in this country are by someone who is black. A large percetange (not all) of blacks need to straighten their act up, quit being dependent children in a adult bodies and raise their children better. This may seem like harsh words but it is a concern which many people in this country (blacks included) are TIRED of blacks acting like damn fools!
I don't know where you get your numbers, but most welfare recipients are white and from midwest...
SOG is an idiot. Apparently he didnt understand what people have been talking about. Blacks make up only 13% of the population but make up a whopping 30% of welfare while whites are 37% but 60% of the population. Blacks dominate in commiting crimes yet we all know that it's all just a huge conspiracy towards them.
Also nice to see that your teacher cared so much about you, and also your mom getting you a tudor at an young age. Now look at you today. Great roll modle for all youth.
Thank you for one of the only stories I've ever read about President Obama as an educator. I'm also glad to read that your teacher cared enough to help you and convince your mother to get you help when you needed it, which is rare. Most children are just left to flounder because it's embarrassing to be viewed as "needing help," although most of us have weak spots. I feel better about him, since I've always viewed him as rigid, secretive, and paternalistic. Maybe he can be convinced to move to the center on issues and not seem so combative.
HE WAS NOT A PROFESSOR.
And by the way, all those negative comments during and after the election that Republicans are all old white men, take a look at most of the people Obama has assigned. Old(er) white men. hahaahhha
Yes, he was a law professor and taught law at the university. How incredibly uninformed you are. Try doing some research to improve your education.
Another "let me talk about mysel while pretending to address a relevant topic" article.
'I needed to get my camera, and of course, my syllabus from “Current Issues in Racism and Law,” the class he’d taught.'
That says it all: it's race, race, race. I'm white and I don't think about race, so why does she?
As for "professor" Obama, did he use a teleprompter back in the day? Big difference, as others have pointed out, between a lecturer and a professor. The former bloviates, the latter educates.
Did you get your "wonka" backwards this morning?
President of the United States of America and leader of the free world. Doesn't that sound beautiful??? O' and by the way, our ancestors had to overcome four hundred years of slavery, decades of Jim Crow isolation and oppression and alot of blatant bigotry, racism and segregation for this historic milestone to occur. And the great thing about it all is that millions of WHITE Americans also made this possible by casting their vote for the President...TWICE. Yes We Can.
"That says it all: it's race, race, race. I'm white and I don't think about race, so why does she?"
Because Willie, when you are in the majority,by default your existence is validated (everyone , everything confirms your right to be here. When you are in the minority you reminded daily that you don't quite fit in , not yet, and not on a equal level. And in this nation we have yet to move beyond 1865. Wake up...
I'm glad you don't think about race. But half the country just voted for Romney because just like their friends in congress, they wanted the country to fail because of the success of the black President. Yea, if only we could get beyond 1865.
Historians now agree that the reason the south lost the civil war is because generations of inbreeding resulted in many mentally challenged soldiers in the confederate army. That combined with physical deformaties such as webbed feet made it nearly impossible for them to run from the union army.
I just got a new flatscreen TV and bought it on my EBT card! Obama, YOU DA MAN!
Not the real palintwit at 11:44 am ^
Go stare at Russia and have a cup of coffee....
What deliberate and propagated LIES! Obama WAS NOT A PROFESSOR at the Chicago Law School, he was never more than a Senior Lecturer! And that is a part time job!
Does CNN have no journalistic standards at all anymore. Your bias betrays everyone that listens to or sees a word that you present.
And for all the charges of racism in any comments about him, what's racist is that no one dared to come forward to dispute this nonsensical article or, if they did, CNN covered it up!
How bout President of the United States of America and leader of the free world NOW???
Sadly, that just proves that ANYONE can be made SOMETHING without qualification, just as your dismissal of facts shows that you'd rather BELIEVE the illusion and feel self-satisfied. But the nation will pay the ultimate price for the fraud.
And, if you were honest, you'd admit that there is NOTHING, no matter how damning, illegal, contradictory to image, etc. that could be revealed that would alter your idolation for this politician!
You're being ridiculous. It's well known that Obama was not a tenured professor at that school, but college students almost always refer to their teachers as a "professor" unless the person is a T.A.
Great blog, I am so tired of the leftist propaganda, yet many have come forth who do not remember Obama in classes at Columbia. Both undergraduate and graduate.
Yes, it's a shame that we were sold a empty suit, a life purposely shrouded by the mainstream media because the truth would be too harsh to accept after electing him to the most prestigious office in our nation, and he became our ruler.
Speaking of "lies", UoC is a private school, which means that, regardless of what Obama's position was at the school, his employment there was "private sector experience", which he supposedly does not have.
Too bad racist pigs like you are allowed to post.
What is the substantive difference between a "professor" and "senior lecturer"? I'm not being facetious just want to know, from your perspective.
I'm currently an MBA student and lecturers, professors (associate or senior) all do the same thing for the students they teach, from my perspective.
You have failed completely on understanding the relevance of the article. This author has shared with us her personal experience with the president and how he’d had a profound impact on her life years earlier at the University of Chicago Law School. You can only wish you had as much positive impact on people as President Obama does. You will always have a negative impact on society because you allow it to control your emotions.
He was NOT a professor, he was a lecturer. HUGE difference. I love how this guy is always made out to be so much more than he really was.
Regardless of your opinion, he is a highly educated man.. My dad told me: ""what ever you learn, no one can take it away from you.. ""
He was not a professor, he was a lecturer??? How bout President of the United States of America NOW???
The Law School of the University of Chicago says he was a professor.
"From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. "
Professors are tenured, he was not. Period.
One is a professor when one hired to do that job, tenured or not. I had a lot of visiting professors in Grad School that weren't tenured. Does that mean they weren't actually performing their jobs?
Your statement presumes that when you get hired for a new job, you don't actually hold that job until management tells you they don't plan on firing you. That is the core of your specious argument, correct? So, tell me–what are you doing while waiting for that confirmation? Working, hopefully!
It's sad when so much mythology is passed on as fact to the lowest common denominators to parrot.
Oh come on...you have to admit that having any type of encounter with the current President would be a big event in anyone's life. I don't see that this article elevating him to anything more than what he is...a great guy!
I am an over 70 white man from the South, and I was very glad when President Obama was elected. I am even more happy now that he has been re-elected. Do I think he is a perfect person that never makes a mistake? Absolutely not! I simply believe him to be the best person for the job. Most of all, I appreciate the compassion he demonstrates toward others.
Truth teller sounds jeolous. I guess you didn't make it through law school. So sad.
I truly respect well founded opinions, but yours is a ill conceive opinion it does nothing to enrich the discussion, and for that my finger goes up to you..
You wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and spit in your face...
There is no risk in being critical of those who have the courage and desire to lead. If you are have nothing constructive to offer then step aside and let those who do move forward. I didn't like Bush nor did I vote for him but the moment he took office he was my leader good bad or indifferent and I supported him while not in agreement. The is citizenship. We have to be one against the real enemies on this planet. I do not believe Bush is an evil man just painfully human and il-equipped to lead effectively as was proven by his track record and aftermath of tenure. We are all painfully human and the moment we get our head around this reality only then can we began to grow as nation. We need to act in our everyday lives as National Family, let's fix our collective household as it is clearly out of control when I see the continued hatred and non-sense.
Obama gave me and all my homies free obamaphones! Now we never have to work with a free phone, healthcare for my 12 kids and an EBT card I can use to by lotto and booze! Obama is the SHIZZLE! HOLLA!
Funny, I missed the part in the campaign where Romney said he would get rid of Medicaid if elected. Seems to me you and your homies would've gotten "free stuff" from the GOP "savior", too.
I'm impressed. Keep up with the good job.
Funny. I just saw a post in FB about how he was not really a professor of law, among a bunch of other fabrications. Nice to see a former student talk about him in these terms.
Accordingto the Law School of the University of Chicago: "From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. "
Some people are still bitter Obama won the election, still bitter and clinging to their guns, pun intended. It's sad. They need to read his book "Dreams from my father", amazingly well-written book long before he became even a candidate for any office. I believe he was a community organizer then, the job these bitter people such as the former half-governer and witless Palin loved to belittle during the campaign. The president won the election even though the Repulicans, teaparty types, and other conservtives worked hard for four years vowing openly to make him a one-term president. They fought him each and every step, bitter, clinging to one issue: make him a one term president. They didn't care if the country's economy suffered. They can always blame him; he is the president, right? What a tragic, sad, people! Well the president is popular again because the majority of Americans, white, black, hispanic or native American, voted for him, and voted against the sad, bitter, minority. End of story. But as the African proverb goes, 'the dogs will continue to bark, but the camel marches on'! The progressive majority will keep on marching forward.
A common thread connects us all Birth and Death two absolute certainties, it matters not your color, IQ, Wealth, or any material gains one might perceive as positioning themselves as above others, these two important events levels all playing fields, so invest not in trivial matters as what matters is what we do between the dash that is all that matters. If you act as an idiot then one will regard one as such if act as a nobleman then one will hold as such ask yourself does it matter when your day of reckoning is front and center. Love the greatest of all existence. Try it on for size and stop the childlike non-senses and rise. We have to collectively keep on pushing forward. A professor at that University of Illinois where my two daughters attended said in her opening address to all the freshman class, small minds talk about thinks, larger minds talk about people and great minds discuss possibilities, what do you stand.
I voted for Obama in 2008 and Romney in 2012. I think Obama is a great man but I don't agree with how he handles our money. I agree with most of his other positions. I don't understand why he is trying to raise taxes on the rich again – they just did it back in January and now he wants it done again to avoid the automatic cuts? I thought he agreed to make spending cuts if the Republicans raised taxes on the rich in January? We HAVE to cut spending – you can't ever get the debt under control until you cut spending. Obama is not keeping his word – and it doesn't matter what race he is or relegion or anything else – he made promises to the American people when he was running for President to lower the debt and he has made ZERO effort to do that. Our national DEBT is the greatest threat to America – bigger than 50 Irans and North Koreas combined. Obama needs to agree to some cuts without any taz code changes this time...
yes i agree with you. But still I voted for him in 2012 and still believing he will do what he promised he will...
its simple, when times are tough the rich need to help MORE. who got us into this mess? the people who control money who just happen to be rich. obama understands that, romney didn't and neither do you. jobs aren't created by rich people. they are created by poor people who spend money. they spend it when they have jobs. demand creates jobs... if you can't understand that you are as idi0tic as bush and palin
Raising taxes does help lower the debt.
The President is a great great man and most people who saw him when he was doing his community work at the lowest levels of society would appreciate him for it and maybe grasp how he became president and what he stands for today. Some may not get that, but they have short memories.
We need to identify the 22% who gave George W Bush good marks at the end of his term in office and make sure they never get to vote again and audit their tax returns.
Thanks for the laugh! Ohhhh that was good =D
OBOZO, Such a fitting name for yourself, The clown...Your ignorance and racism is blinding..You must be one of the 1% that thinks the middle and lower class should bare the brunt of the deficit, and the wealthiest Americans/Corporations should bare the least burden.You r pathetic.
Ah, our favorite "birther" is at again.
Don't you ever get tired of yourself?
Really? Well I think that they need to identify the 51% that voted for Obama in 2012 and have their heads examined, declare them mentally unfit and never let them vote again. Why on earth would you vote for a man that has sent this country into a financial spiral, broken every promise he made, divided the country, and screw everyone over?
Believe it or NOT; HE hates Hispanics too!
How people who will just hate Obama CONVENIENTLY FORGET
How people who will just hate Obama CONVENIENTLY FORGET he appointed a "Hispanic" to the Supreme Court.
Oh, it's funny that you used the word "Hispanic." Many think that is a racist word.
According CNN, Hispanics are white, so Barry is 1/2 Hispanic/White and 1/2 B1ack.
Actually, Fabio, the hispanic-white/black/etc. thing is according to the U.S. Census bureau, not CNN. Look it up.
Or don't, and simply assume you know everything.
Including his mother and that entire half of his family? Come on.
The idiot doesnt even have a valid birth certificate! He is the worst thing to happen to America. The Obama mega spending will bring this country down the the ground. But at least the welfare non-working americans are living great these days!!
If he is half white, why does everyone call him the first black president? Why doesn't he correct the press? The truth is that he hates his white half and subscribes to the beliefs of his father. He wants to destroy this country. He will say and do anything to get the peoples trust long enough to do all the damage he can do. he will go down in history as the worst president ever. Watch the movie 2016 and see if it doesn't concur with everything that is going on.
I doubt the commenter named "obozo" has a valid birth certificate, either. Has anyone seen it? I'm talking about a real one, not the photoshopped version that is legally recognized by the state who recognized it.
BTW, there are much easier ways to destory a country that don't require your wife and kids to have constant armed security. Funny that Obama would've chosen the most difficult and uncertain route, which depended on him winning a second term in the Oval Office. Imagine he had lost! All the hard work that he started back when he was a newborn and faked his own birth announcement would've been for nothing.
And he was criticized for having too many white males recently in his cabinet. GROW UP. And change your name to FALSE. smh
He will say and do anything to get the peoples trust long enough to do all the damage he can do.
Steve, do you believe this is a common occurance? Are there currently droves of religious conservatives dedicating their lives to becoming the president of Planned Parenthood, just so they can destroy it?
Not true, but many white people hate Obama, and like yourself, see what they want to see in him.
Sure he dose, that is why he lynch thousands of white monthly, appoints them to very powerful cabinet positions, affectionaly speak of his whithe grandparents, got tens of million white votes and don't have stupid racist like yourself locked up or ran out of the country. Stop watching and listening to FOX news. You are the one full of hate.
He is white too.
I got excited as I read. I could feel your excitement and heartbeat. That was a great moment and big impact on your life. It was a great idea that you approached your idol that way, syllabus with hand writing, very cute. I am proud of you, too, and I hope his deed will lead you much further in life.
I don't care if the president is green or orange – or black. I just want him OR her to do what is best for the country. Obama has not done anything good for the country. By the time he leaves office, even more people will be on the government's teat because it is a lot easier than trying to start a small business due to all the government interference at both the state as well as the federal levels – and there are simply not enough jobs.
The government has taxed itself into a corner. The vote pandering traitors in Washington continue to dole out dollars we do not have to people who do not contribute to the system, and also send extortion money to foreign countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and many others in the form of "aid". In other words, they are stealing from the taxpayers who rely on taxpayer funded programs that improve the lives of American CITIZENS and have brought us to the edge of all out revolt, a la The Boston Tea Party.
We're on a precarious path, and Obama has widened the trail big time.
you comment is a lie. president saved many who suffered under the bush admin. it is the gop who is trying to destroy this country. w
Obama came into office when we were on the brink of disaster.
He has moved us away from the brink.
can't understand why haters read these articles. Sad this certain group of idiots feel so theatened by blacks and are so envious of intelligent minorities. why not get educated also or atleast try and show you are.
They don't read the article. They just see the name and in a reflex leave a negative comment because they were raised that way, towards certain people and groups. It's worse if they have power and influence.
The comments were shut off over at Fox. They had to find somewhere else to swarm.
oh look, she's black. big surprise.
i guess her major was sensational journalism.
She looks mixed race to me, much like the president. But then I didn't actually care and only went back and looked because of your racist post.
of course he wrote "proud of you"... what else would he write? "you wasted your career"? ? of course he's probably thinking that after reading this article.
I bet she makes significantly more money than you do.
JEff is demonizing her success.
James PDX – and you got that .... just from ... what? you don't know anything about me. so you are basically doing exactly what you are accusing me of right? who's the bigger bigot? the bigot or the hypocritical bigot?
At least you realize that you are a bigot. Credit where credit is due.
oh look, you're white. big surprise.
Don’t Hate, Congratulate!
Awesome- great job Noni!! Proud of you BOTH!!
Cool. Maybe next you can invite terrorist professor and pal of Obama, Bill Ayres. He can explain how to bomb government buildings and be a success in Chicago.
She didn't invite anyone. She was a guest at this event. Maybe if you'd have taken a class with Obama your reading comprehension skills would be better.
maybe if you have more intelligence you'd stop trying to censor people.
CAn you people not think of anything positive?
When someone worth being positive over is in office again, it might be possible.
In other words, no, they can't.
As a lawyer, it imust be said that the second most useless person in American society is the law student. The most useless? The law professor.
I'm willing to bet 100-1 odds you were once a law student and that without law professors you would not have even made it that far.
a person accusing others of racism now profiling base on assumptions. you sir, are a bigot.
I made it through a top 25 law school without att the ending class. I went to the first day of class for the syllabus, and then again for the exam. Did fine without the bloviating self importance of a law professor mucking up my days. When attendance was mandatory, I would leave after attendance to go the "rest room." The Bar review course was all that was necessary. Law school is a joke, and the professors were all "legends in their won minds." It is a matter of useless people tryng to intellectualize their parasitic place in society.
JEff – turns out James PDX was correct, so it seems to be YOU who are making assumptions and bigoted remarks. DCLaw – the only one who appears to be bloviating here is you. While you MAY have been intelligent enough to learn law entirely on your own (doubtful), the vast majority are not. Your own self-important, self-righteous words are the epitome of irony.
i heard that lawyers are categorized just 1 level below dogs? but still 1 level above sensational journalists.
Couldnt agree more Jeff. Dogs are much more useful to society than lawyers. For example, police dogs, handicap assistance dogs, therapy dogs, search dogs, etc. Lawyers are incapable of performing the tasks performed by dogs.
If you hate lawyers so much why are you a lawyer then?
I see youi racist hide behind a fake names like the kkk hide behind sheets
Big Deal. Now, when Obumma was my student at the madrassah.....
Funny how conservatives never seem to question Bobby Jindal's Christian affiliation.
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