Obama at Columbia – Or Was He?

Revelations from George Stephanopoulos, Newsweek, and Columbia grads from Israel.

The recent DOJ report on James Comey, the ongoing FISA investigation, and the probe of the Russia-collusion investigators under John Durham are all pointing back to POTUS 44, formerly known as Barry Soetoro. He wanted to know how Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of the FBI’s coup clan were doing. In similar style, designated prevaricator Susan Rice is on record that 44 wanted the counterintelligence operation to be done “by the book.” It didn’t exactly work out that way.

As investigators probe what the president knew, and when he knew it, other revelations about the former Barry Soetoro have managed to escape notice. This lapse comes despite massive revelations from his own handlers.

According to official biographer and Pulitzer winner David Garrow, the defining Dreams from My Father is not a memoir or biography. It is a novel, and in this work of historical fiction the author is a “composite character.” The implications proved alarming to fans and family alike.

The president, “spent the first 20 years of his life going by the nickname Barry,” the former First Lady explains in the 2018 Becoming. “Somewhere along the way, though, he’d stepped into the fullness of his birth name – Barack Hussein Obama.”  Michelle does not note that, in all his writings from 1958 to 1964, the Kenyan Barack Obama mentions nothing about an American wife and Hawaiian-born son. Becoming portrays the future president as an “exceptional” and “gifted” student who “worshipped books.” At Columbia he “consumed volumes of political philosophy as if it were beach reading.”

The stint at Columbia got dramatic treatment in the 2016 film Barry. As Matthew Cooper of Newsweek noted, the Netflix production “charts his college years in New York, when ‘Barry,’ as he was known, wrestled with his racial identity.” Still, there was a problem.

“I was at Columbia a year behind Obama,” Cooper explained, but “I never knew Obama.” As Cooper recalled, Clinton factotum George Stephanopoulos was a year ahead of Barry and didn’t know him either. Neither did many other Columbia students, including those in Barry’s own class.

“I don’t know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me. I don’t have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia. Ever!” That was Columbia alum and Libertarian party vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root in 2008. As Root told Matt Welch of Reason magazine,  he and Obama were both in the 1983 political science, pre-law class at Columbia University. Root and Barry had the same major, same career path and graduated on the same day, but Root “never met him in my life, don’t know anyone who ever met him.”

As it happened, Wayne Allyn Root, Matthew Cooper and George Stephanopoulos are hardly the only Columbia student with no memories of the future president known as Barry.

“We were his classmates in the Columbia University undergraduate class of 1983,” wrote Judy Maltz in a March 15, 2013 article in the Israeli publication Haaretz. Maltz numbered close to 25 in the group of 1983 Columbia grads including lawyers, one doctor, several engineers, an architect, librarian, speech pathologist, financier and a journalist. The group also included two married couples who began dating at Columbia.         

“But here’s the thing,” Maltz explained. “Not one of us remembers Barack Obama from our undergrad years, nor do we know anyone else who does.” Jamie Miller, a mother of five active in the Columbia alumni association, travels back to New York every five years to attend reunions. “I was in the marching band, I worked on the yearbook, and I was involved in student government, so I knew everyone,” explained Miller, “But I never saw him around.”

Speech pathologist Sarah Graber Nehrer was living in Illinois when the former Barry Soetoro ran for the Senate. She had gone to school with the Columbia alum, “but I had no recollection of him whatsoever, and neither did anyone else I know, which I found very strange.” As Maltz recalled, in 2013 “the group of Columbia 1983 alumni has submitted a request with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to meet with their former classmate, but have yet to receive a response.”

None of this mystery shows up in Barry, which dramatizes the period that has touched off so much dispute. In Cooper’s review, Barry (Devon Terrell) “arrives in New York smart and quick, a standout in his classes, ridiculously handsome, exotic and athletic to boot.” But despite his intellect and gifts, “Barry doesn’t fit in. He’s singled out for questioning by a campus cop and ridiculed by the locals in his Harlem neighborhood. And as one “ghetto-raised” student says “You a whole different type of motherfucker, B.” That became apparent when Barry became president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world.

When an Islamic terrorist commits mass murder, the president called it “workplace violence.” He sent planeloads of cash to an Islamic regime that proclaims “death to America” while working three shifts on nuclear weapons. The president formerly known as Barry deployed the FBI, CIA and DOJ to clear his chosen successor Hillary Clinton and undermine candidate and president Donald Trump.

John Durham should ask Barry to explain, under oath, how that was all done “by the book.” As Democrats like to say, nobody is above the law.


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