Obama Occidental transcripts and scholarship facts, Truth about Obama full scholarship explored, Fake AP story emails clever diversion
“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense, to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells
“We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you’re making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem.”…Barack Obama October 30, 2007
“We were both scholarship students,”Bill Snider, Obama Occidental classmate
When I first received notification about the alleged AP story about Occidental College releasing Obama’s transcipts, as I always do, I checked it out and found no reference to it with the Associated Press. I believe it was a clever diversion.
The question is, who created it.
The Obama camp is masterful at diversions and preemptively disarming controversies such as Obama’s drug use.
I believe this to be another example of attempting to disarm a story.
It is not going to work. The search for the truth will continue.
Here is some background on the controversy.
From the LA Times January 29, 2007.
“Occidental recalls ‘Barry’ Obama”
“U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is usually described as an alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and of Harvard Law School.
But the Illinois Democrat began his undergraduate education at Occidental, and the 1,825-student liberal arts college in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles isn’t shy about claiming him as an alumnus for his two years there (1979-81) on full scholarship.”
From Citizen Wells August 7, 2012.
“Downtown baker knew Obama way back when”
“Bill Snider bucked other classmates by calling him “Barack.”
“Everyone called him Barry,” Snider says. “I didn’t. I loved the name Barack.”
“Thirty years ago, Snider, who now owns Simple Kneads Bakery here, shared the proverbial battered collegiate sofa with Obama and others at Occidental College in Los Angeles.”
“We were both scholarship students,” says Snider, an Ohio native. “We came a great distance to Occidental. Neither of us had a father. My father died when I was 6. We were both broke.”
From Politico November 11, 2007.
“Obama records requests prove fruitless”
“On Friday, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that she had asked Obama at a news conference: “Do your state senate papers still exist? If they do, just where are they? And would you ever intend to make them public to be responsive to some requests?”
Sweet wrote that he replied: “Nobody has requested specific documents.”
But the Chicago Tribune has reported that it “requested documents from his time in Springfield and never received a response.”
And Sweet wrote of her own paper, “The Chicago Sun-Times has also been asking about Obama’s papers.”
As Obama began gaining in stature as a possible Democrat nominee, more questions were being asked about his past. Obama continued avoiding proving where he was born and providing records about his college years. He also minimized his contact with Tony Rezko, which was proven to be a lie during the Rezko Trial.
On August 21, 2008, attorney Phillip J. Berg filed a lawsuit requesting proof of Obama’s eligibility for the presidency and for copies of Obama’s records.
In Berg’s Motion for Expedited Discovery he requests:
“Any and all college applications and records, including but not
limited to Occidental College, Harvard College, Harvard Law
School, University of Chicago, Columbia and any other colleges
which Defendant Obama applied at;”
From the New American December 2, 2008.
“This story has gained credence, separating it from Internet rumors, because Obama has reputedly hired three law firms (firms, not lawyers) to make sure that
no one gets access to his birth records in Hawaii or his college transcripts from Occidental College and Harvard. (It is speculated that the transcripts will
show he applied for aid to foreign students.)”
“Alan Keyes, a presidential candidate of the American Independent Party, and Markham Robinson, a California elector, have now sued to see Obama’s birth
certificate (these men would definitely have legal “standing” to sue as plaintiffs in this case).”
Alan Keyes, et al attempt to subpoena Obama’s Occidental Records January 15, 2009.
The Fake AP article was dated April 1, 2009.
Snopes correctly debunks the article email as not originating from the AP and provides the following info.
“Barack Obama attended Occidental College in California for two years as an undergraduate from 1979-81 under the name Obama, not Soetoro (the latter is the surname of his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro):
Jim Tranquada, Occidental’s Director of Communications, said: “Contemporary public documents, such as the freshman ‘Lookbook’ [a guide distributed to incoming freshman] published at the beginning of President Obama’s first year at Occidental, list him as Barack Obama. All of the Occidental alumni I have spoken to from that era (1979-81) who knew him, knew him as Barry Obama.”"
FactCheck.org provided a very misleading if not false statement.
“Claim #15, foreign student aid. The claim that Obama got “foreign student aid” is untrue. That wild falsehood began as an absurd April Fools’ Day hoax in
2009, which we quickly exposed.”
Wrong! Since FactCheck.org nor anyone else that I am aware of has seen Obama’s Occidental Transcripts, we do not know if he received foreign student aid. We only know that the alleged AP article was faked and that Obama continues to hide his records.
To this date Obama has used private attorneys such as Fredric Woocher and Robert Bauer to keep his records hidden.
More damning for Obama is that he has also used US Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense, to keep his records hidden.
Here is a list of some of the US Justice Department attorneys who have assisted Obama in keeping his records hidden. Their representation of Obama is a matter of public record. This list does not include the support staffs.
Elizabeth A. Pascal
Neal Kumar Katyal Acting Solicitor General
R. CraiG Lawrence
Mark B. Stern
Andre Birotte Jr.
Leon W. Weidman
David A. Dejute
Roger E. West
George S. Cardona
Paul J. Fishman
Many of the references to Obama’s birthplace leading up to 2008 stated that Obama was born in Kenya.
And recently we learned.
“Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
The booklet, which was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.”
Next we will explore the type of full scholarship that Obama may have gotten to attend Occidental.