Monday, August 27, 2012
The Panda Bear on Rumors, Obama and Columbia
The Panda Bear is very excited. She an average everyday blogger gets to examine an untrue political rumor.
The Panda Bear numerous times of right-wing leaning radio programs has heard the rumor that Barack Obama never went to
. Furthermore it is alleged that no one at Columbia University Columbia remembers
However, in the magazine of
University, the Columbia Magazine,
there are articles where people say they remember Obama at . The most recent article was in the summer
edition of the magazine call Dreams
of My Mater. This
article gives examples of people who remember Obama when he was a student at Columbia University Columbia.
However, the Panda Bear finds it interesting that this untrue rumor has some distorted reality to it. (The Panda Bear finds many office rumors have this quality).
First of all according to the article:
His classmate Wayne Root, the 2008 Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate, told the New York Times shortly before the election, “I’ve not only not met him, I’ve not met anybody who met him.”
So there were public figures that presumably had inside information that made this claim. Whether they deliberately lied is hard to know.
Secondly according to the article, Obama himself has had a cool distant relationship with his Alma Mater. From the article:
For those who know Obama not just as the leader of the free world but as a member of the Class of ’83, his appearance on South Lawn seemed improbable. It’s hardly a state secret that the president has never fully embraced Alma Mater.
“He felt no attachment to
writes journalist David Maraniss in the newly published Barack
Obama: The Story. Obama
himself has acknowledged that as a transfer student from Occidental College,
where he spent his first two undergraduate years, he wasn’t a man about campus. Columbia
“Mostly, my years at
were an intense period of study,” he told Columbia College Today in 2005. “When I
transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious. I spent a lot of time in
the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk.” Columbia
The Panda Bear knows of many urban campus where the students live off-campus (as Obama did at
) where the
commuters are not a central part of college life and would not be well
remembered at the school. Columbia
Of course, Obama contributes somewhat to the confusion around his schooling by refusing to have his school records released (or is this untrue rumor the Panda Bear has heard?).
So while it appears Obama in fact did go to
he was not a well known name on the campus which makes it easier for this rumor
to grow. Columbia
Thus, the example of the rumor that Obama did not attend
under even false rumors there is a distorted truth. Columbia