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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In July 16 Issue

Obama, Mystery Man! I found this story on TeaParty.org while researching an e-mail I received recently entitled "Ever Wonder". The article is comprised of questions that have arisen during Mr. Obama's presidency that are interesting, but are they true? The story went like this…

Ever wonder why no one ever came forward from President Obama's past saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc.? Not one person has ever come forward from his past. VERY, VERY STRANGE. This should really be a cause for great concern. To those who voted for him, you may have elected an unqualified, inexperienced shadow man. Reminds me of "The Manchurian Candidate".  Let's face it.  As insignificant as we all are, someone whom we went to school with remembers our name or face. Someone remembers we were the clown or the dork or the brain or the quiet one or the bully or something about us.

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News said the same thing during the 2008 campaign.  He questions why no one has acknowledged the president was in their classroom or ate in the same cafeteria or made impromptu speeches on campus. Stephanopoulos also was a classmate of Obama at Columbia - the class of 1984.  He says he never had a single class with him. While he is such a great orator, why doesn't anyone in Obama's college class remember him?  And, why won't he allow Columbia to release his records? NOBODY REMEMBERS OBAMA AT COLUMBIA !

Looking for evidence of Obama's past, Fox News contacted 400 Columbia University students from the period when Obama claims to have been there, but none remembered him. Wayne Allyn Root was, like Obama, a political science major at Columbia who also graduated in 1983. In 2008, Root says of Obama, "I don't know a single person at  Columbia that knew him, and they all know

me. I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia, EVER! Nobody recalls him. Root adds that he was also, like Obama, "Class of '83 political science, pre-law" and says, "You don't get more exact or closer than that." Never met him in my life, don't know anyone

who ever met him.  At the class reunion, our 20th reunion five years ago, who was asked to be the speaker of the class?  Me.  No one ever heard of Barack! And five years ago, nobody even knew who he was. The guy who writes the class notes, who's kind of the, as we say in  New York , the macha who knows everybody, has yet to find a person, a human who ever met him."

A comment was posted in response to a question asked about this article that said-

Barack Obama was a transfer student from California's Occidental College when he came to Columbia University in 1981 as a 20-year-old junior. More than 20,000 students currently attend Columbia. The enrollment in the early '80s might have been lower, but not everybody would have met or remembered Obama. And it's absolutely untrue that "not one person has ever come forward" from his years there, or that he is "the man who wasn't there." Columbia University proudly claims Obama as a 1983 graduate. The university magazine Columbia College Today profiled him as far back as 2005, after he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Last year, the New York Times wrote about Phil Boerner, who roomed with the future president during his first year at Columbia. The article included excerpts from the Columbia student directory, showing Obama living during his junior year at 142 West 109th Street near Columbia's campus in New York City, and during his senior year at 339 East 94th Street. Boerner recalled that Obama sometimes wrapped himself in a sleeping bag to keep warm in the chilly apartment they shared, and that some nights he would cook chicken curry for dinner. In an article published in Columbia College Today, Boerner also wrote: Boerner: I remember often eating breakfast with Barack at Tom's Restaurant on Broadway. Occasionally we went to The West End for beers. We enjoyed exploring museums such as the Guggenheim, the Met and the American Museum of Natural History, and browsing in bookstores such as the Strand and the Barnes & Noble opposite Columbia. We both liked taking long walks down Broadway on a Sunday afternoon, and listening to the silence of Central Park after a big snow. I also remember jogging the loop around Central Park with Barack.

Obama even published an article in a school magazine called the Sundial. A reporter for the conservative Human Events magazine recently called it "a wholesale endorsement of all sorts ... fashionable at the time." The full article is available on the Web site of Politico.com. It was published in the issue dated March 10, 1983.

The e-mail incorrectly claims that ABC News' George Stephanopoulos was a classmate of Obama. They were both students at Columbia for about one academic year, but Stephanopoulos was a year ahead. Obama received his degree in 1983, while Stephanopoulos received his a year earlier, according to a university press release. Neither of them were "class of 1984," as the message incorrectly claims. The message recycles - and exaggerates to the point of falsification - some attacks that was raised in the heat of the 2008 presidential campaign. The claim that Fox News could not find any classmates who remembered Obama, for example, was published in a Sept. 11, 2008, Wall Street Journal editorial, which attacked then-candidate Obama for not releasing more information about his two years at the university. The message also makes much of Wayne Allyn Root's statement in an interview that he didn't know anybody who remembered Obama at Columbia. That appeared Sept. 5, 2008, in Reason magazine. What the message fails to mention is that Root was at the time a candidate for vice president on the Libertarian ticket. Root was stating that "[a] vote for Obama is four years of Karl Marx," but even Root stopped short of claiming that Obama was not actually a student at Columbia. - Brooks Jackson.

Well, there you have it!  Two points of view that at this point mean absolutely nothing!  If you have had at least one eye open over the past two years, you can quickly come to the conclusion that change is what

Obama promised and man has he delivered! The unemployment rate is at 9.2% and if you factor in the under employed it is more like 25%. All I ask of all of you is to open both eyes and ask questions! In My Opinion, the future of our blessed Republic is at stake and Obama is just the man to destroy it! Please get involved and register to vote if you haven't already!

May God Bless…Ron Phillips

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