Obama Occidental full scholarship facts and conclusions, Obama scholarship not merit or athletics, Obama was Kenyan in 1979, International student scholarship?
“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
“I spent the last two years of high school in a daze, locking away the questions that life seemed insistent on imposing. I kept playing basketball, attended classed sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically.”…Barack Obama
“Our Aug. 29, 2008, Ask FactCheck item asking whether Obama has Kenyan citizenship correctly stated that Obama did have dual citizenship as a child but that it expired as an adult. But Leo Donofrio, a lawyer, argues that we got the year wrong. He’s right about that, and we have corrected the item.
Initially, we said that Obama’s citizenship expired in 1982, on Obama’s 21st birthday. In fact, however, the Kenyan Constitution provides a two-year window during which one can decide which citizenship to keep. So, President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on Aug. 4, 1984, not 1982, as we had initially reported.”…FactCheck.org
We still do not know where Barack Obama was born. Obama has not presented a copy of an original certified birth certificate. Obama will never be a natural
born citizen, a US citizen with 2 US citizen parents. Obama at some point became a US citizen. We do not yet know when that occurred.
Here is what we do know. The following is not conjecture or my opinion. The following are facts.
Fact: Obama was a citizen of Kenya at birth due to his father’s Kenyan Citizenship.
Question: Was Obama also a citizen of the US at birth? We still do not have an answer.
Fact: Barack Obama is a Kenyan name.
Fact: Obama was a citizen of Kenya his entire tenure at Occidental.
Attorney Leo Donofrio provides clarity and corrrects FactCheck.org.
“FACTCHECK.ORG CAPITULATES – Admits Error In Obama Kenyan Citizenship Analysis.
[ED - UPDATED 4:20 PM - Factcheck.org endorsed analyst caught scrubbing false data after original publication of this report. See update below with
screenshots. We have retained a copy of the original cached web page.]
Yesterday, Factcheck.org admitted they reported a false fact concerning the alleged expiration of President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship. They gave credit to
this blog for correcting them:
Our Aug. 29, 2008, Ask FactCheck item asking whether Obama has Kenyan citizenship… stated that Obama did have dual citizenship as a child but that it expired as an adult. But Leo Donofrio, a former lawyer, argues that we got the year wrong. He’s right about that, and we have corrected the item.
Initially, we said that Obama’s citizenship expired in 1982, on Obama’s 21st birthday. In fact, however, the Kenyan Constitution provides a two-year window
during which one can decide which citizenship to keep. So, President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on Aug. 4, 1984, not 1982, as we had initially
Fact: Occidental listed him as Barack Obama. Some students called him Barry.
“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.””
Fact: Obama attended Occidental on a full scholarship.
From the LA Times January 29, 2007.
“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.”
Fact: The Scholarship was not based on academics.
In Obama’s own words.
“I spent the last two years of high school in a daze, locking away the questions that life seemed insistent on imposing. I kept playing basketball, attended
classed sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically. I discovered that it didn’t make any difference if you smoked reefer in the white
class mates sparkling new van, or in the dorm room with some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had
dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl.”…Barack Obama, Dreams from my father
Fact: The Scholarship was not based on athletics.
From the LA Times November 10, 2008.
“What his fellow ballers don’t seem to recall, however, is whether Obama played for the Tigers in a more formal capacity, as a former coach insists and the
media have reported, and no tangible proof seems to exist that he did.
No photos showing the skinny teenager in short shorts.
No box score.
No score book.
No mention in the school paper.
Nothing has been found, school spokesman Jim Tranquada says.”
Fact: This leaves a scholarship based on need, one from an outside source or an International Student Scholarship. It seems unlikely that Obama would receive
a full scholarship based on need with his high school performance and subsequent Occidental performance.
From the Occidental site.
Need-based scholarships differ from merit scholarships, as they are not linked to academic promise, but rather to the family’s financial situation. Your
need-based scholarship is re-determined each year by the information you provide on your annual financial aid application. These awards are not guaranteed year-to-year.
Occidental College need-based scholarships require you to:
demonstrate financial need be enrolled at least half-time (6+ units)
make satisfactory academic progress
Need-based scholarships are provided through the generosity of individual donors, private corporations and agencies, alumni gifts, and other resources from the College.”
Fact: Occidental currently provides full scholarships to International Students.
“Financial Aid for International Students
Financial aid and scholarships are available for a limited number of international students. Needbased aid amounts vary according to each student’s
financial situation, but may cover up to the full cost of an Occidental education. Scholarships are awarded according to both merit and financial need, and
are given to those students who have demonstrated a balance of outstanding academic achievement and extra-curricular engagement throughout high school.”
Fact: Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr. received several scholarships to study in the US. However, Barack Sr. was considered a serious student.
Conclusion: Obama was able to obtain a full scholarship despite a lackluster performance in high school and Occidental. Perhaps the standards for
International Students were lower then. Perhaps Obama had a benefactor.
Obama has kept his records hidden. There is a reason.
But remember, Obama was a citizen of Kenya then.
Regardless of whether or not Obama was also technically a US citizen then, did he acknowledge it?
That is a good question.
Does Bill Ayers mom’s remark provide the answer?