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NYT Re-Writes Obama’s ‘Legal Career’

From his lickspittle hagiographers at the New York Times:

As a Professor, Obama Held Pragmatic Views on Court

By JODI KANTOR

May 3, 2009

Many American presidents have been lawyers, but almost none have come to office with Barack Obama’s knowledge of the Supreme Court. Before he was 30, he was editing articles by eminent legal scholars on the court’s decisions. Later, as a law professor, he led students through landmark cases from Plessy v. Ferguson to Bush v. Gore. (He sometimes shared his own copies, marked with emphatic underlines and notes in bold, all-caps script.)

Now Mr. Obama is preparing to select his first Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter. In interviews, former colleagues and students say they have a fairly strong sense of the kind of justice he will favor: not a larger-than-life liberal to counter the conservative pyrotechnics of Justice Antonin Scalia, but a careful pragmatist with a limited view of the role of courts

Former students and colleagues describe Mr. Obama as a minimalist (skeptical of court-led efforts at social change) and a structuralist (interested in how the law metes out power in society). And more than anything else, he is a pragmatist who urged those around him to be more keenly attuned to the real-life impact of decisions. This may be his distinguishing quality as a legal thinker: an unwillingness to deal in abstraction, a constant desire to know how court decisions affect people’s lives

Though Mr. Obama rarely spoke of his own views, students say they sensed his disdain for formalism, the idea — often espoused by Justices Scalia and Clarence Thomas, but sometimes by liberals as well — that law can be decided independent of the political and social context in which it is applied. To make his point, Mr. Obama, then a state senator, took students with him to Springfield, Ill., the capital, to watch hearings and see him hash out legislation.

And he asked constant questions about consequences of laws: What would happen if a mother’s welfare grant did not increase with the birth of additional children? As a state legislator, how much could he be influenced by a donor’s contribution?

Former students say that Mr. Obama does not particularly prize consistency or broad principle. Adam Bonin arrived in Mr. Obama’s class with the firm belief that drawing districts to ensure minority representation should be illegal. “It struck me as wrong that the legislature should pick and choose what interests should be represented in the legislature,” Mr. Bonin said.

“What I took from the class and the reading materials was the reality that unless these voices are physically present in a legislature, they won’t be heard,” he said. “As long as everyone is grabbing for power, members of racial minority groups ought to do the same.” …

“I would imagine that if Barack had a free hand to appoint judges without having to worry about confirmations, about politics, that his idea of a great justice would be someone like a Thurgood Marshall,” said Geoffrey Stone, a former dean of the University of Chicago law school.

Mr. Obama often expressed concern that “democracy could be dangerous,” Mr. Stone said, that the majority can be “unempathetic — that’s a word that Barack has used — about the concerns of outsiders and minorities.” ..

In class, Mr. Obama liked to tell students that the Supreme Court was not as far off as it seemed, that it was a dynamic institution that they should not be afraid to challenge and change

What a piece of disinformation, even by the standards of the New York Times.

Before he was 30, he was editing articles by eminent legal scholars on the court’s decisions.

Whereas once upon a time the presidency of the Harvard Law Review was handed out based upon merit, Mr. Obama was only given the position because he is black. There is no evidence of him having edited any articles that anyone can find.

Moreover, during his tenure at the Harvard Review Mr. Obama only wrote one unsigned article, a vague six page ‘summary’ on abortion, which he has never acknowledged as his own.

An article that oh so empathically suggested that the government may have more important concerns than “ensuring that any particular fetus is born.”

(And even as a part-time visiting lecturer, Mr. Obama never authored a single piece of legal scholarship.)

Later, as a law professor, he led students through landmark cases from Plessy v. Ferguson to Bush v. Gore.

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama taught race and gender grievance law at the University Of Chicago.

His examinations (see the related articles linked below), which we were the first anywhere to post, show his ‘pragmatic views’ quite clearly.

Adam Bonin arrived in Mr. Obama’s class with the firm belief that drawing districts to ensure minority representation should be illegal. “It struck me as wrong that the legislature should pick and choose what interests should be represented in the legislature,” Mr. Bonin said.

“What I took from the class and the reading materials was the reality that unless these voices are physically present in a legislature, they won’t be heard,” he said. “As long as everyone is grabbing for power, members of racial minority groups ought to do the same.”

Yes, Mr. Bonin got ‘educated’ by Mr. Obama.

And we are supposed to be reassured by this example of Mr. Obama’s contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law.

[H]is idea of a great justice would be someone like a Thurgood Marshall…

Say no more.

Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from an article we previously posted from the same Jodi Kantor of the New York Times:

Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Slightly Apart

By JODI KANTOR

July 30, 2008

CHICAGO — The young law professor stood apart in too many ways to count. At a school where economic analysis was all the rage, he taught rights, race and gender. Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; he turned them down. While most colleagues published by the pound, he never completed a single work of legal scholarship

Mr. Obama marched students through the thickets of campaign finance law. Before he helped redraw his own State Senate district, making it whiter and wealthier, he taught districting as a racially fraught study in how power is secured. And before he posed what may be the ultimate test of racial equality — whether Americans will elect a black president — he led students through African-Americans’ long fight for equal status

The Chicago faculty is more rightward-leaning than that of other top law schools, but if teaching alongside some of the most formidable conservative minds in the country had any impact on Mr. Obama, no one can quite point to it

At the school, Mr. Obama taught three courses, ascending to senior lecturer, a title otherwise carried only by a few federal judges. His most traditional course was in the due process and equal protection areas of constitutional law. His voting rights class traced the evolution of election law, from the disenfranchisement of blacks to contemporary debates over districting and campaign finance. Mr. Obama was so interested in the subject that he helped Richard Pildes, a professor at New York University, develop a leading casebook in the field.

His most original course, a historical and political seminar as much as a legal one, was on racism and law. Mr. Obama improvised his own textbook, including classic cases like Brown v. Board of Education, and essays by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Dubois, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as conservative thinkers like Robert H. Bork.

Mr. Obama was especially eager for his charges to understand the horrors of the past, students say. He assigned a 1919 catalog of lynching victims, including some who were first raped or stripped of their ears and fingers, others who were pregnant or lynched with their children, and some whose charred bodies were sold off, bone fragment by bone fragment, to gawkers

In one class on race, he imitated the way clueless white people talked. “Why are your friends at the housing projects shooting each other?” he asked in a mock-innocent voice

Liberals flocked to his classes, seeking refuge. After all, the professor was a progressive politician who backed child care subsidies and laws against racial profiling

“On the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection,” Mr. Obama said

Mr. Obama’s courses chronicled the failure of liberal policies and court-led efforts at social change: the Reconstruction-era amendments that were rendered meaningless by a century of resistance, the way the triumph of Brown gave way to fights over busing, the voting rights laws that crowded blacks into as few districts as possible. He was wary of noble theories, students say; instead, they call Mr. Obama a contextualist, willing to look past legal niceties to get results

In his voting rights course, Mr. Obama taught Lani Guinier’s proposals for structuring elections differently to increase minority representation. Opponents attacked those suggestions when Ms. Guinier was nominated as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993, costing her the post

Nor could his views be gleaned from scholarship; Mr. Obama has never published any. He was too busy…

Mr. Obama was ‘pragmatic’ all right.

Pragmatic about inculcating race and gender grievances into a new generation of lawyers.

Pragmatic about using the courts for ‘social justice,’ and ‘principles’ be damned.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “NYT Re-Writes Obama’s ‘Legal Career’”

  1. Enthalpy

    The EU model of what is and what was continues. Those who control information technology control not only the present, but the past as well. After the revisionists finish their work, I doubt that anyone will recognize him.

  2. VMAN

    I am of the opinion that Obama’s entire career is one huge fabrication designed by his Overlords.

  3. proreason

    Where are this legal scholar’s published works? Save one undistinguished essay as an undergraduate, none have ever been identified.

    Where is the evidence that, before 30, he was editting articles by legal scholars? Let those scholars come forward and prove that he did so (as if editting the works of others is prrof of anything other than the ability to run a spell checker)

    Let’s see his class notes from his distinguished career teaching future Alinskyites how to manipulate the system.

    The facts are that the man has done nothing, published nothing, accomplished nothing in the legal field.

    His main claim to legal fame is declaring that the Constitution of the United States is “flawed” and voting against two distinguished SCOTUS justices because they are white men who can’t find find the terms redistribution or social justice in the Constitution..

    The article is a fantasy.

    The President is a sham.

    • catie

      Pro, how come we never hear from any of his former students sans that one? This whole thing makes absolutely no sense. It would stand to reason that there would be one former student at least who would talk but yet there is deafening silence. The article says “former students” but you never see any of them coming out of the woodwork do you? If the President was my former law professor I’d be talking.
      Yet how funny that the Boy King forgets he too is half-white and having never spent anytime anywhere near a housing project growing up, he too would have asked the same questions I’m sure. Punahou is the most expensive school in the state of Hawaii yet he attended there and not on scholarship either. It is all very strange.
      University of Chicago has always been a hot bed of communism even when my Dad was a kid growing up in an area where he used to attend dances at St. Sabinas (now being shepperd by Fr. Pflager) not too far from where the Belle grew up either but it was a different area in the 30’s and 40’s.
      he is truly dangerous.

    • proreason

      Catie: “how come we never hear from any of his former students ”

      You never hear from ANYBODY he used to know.

      That alone is a giant red flag for me.

      There wasn’t a single friend or acquaintance with him on the podium for his acceptance speech. No names have surfaced that he has a private relationship with now.

      This is one strange dude by ANY measurement.

      Plastic to the bone.

    • Petronius

      Pro’s point bears repeating: “You never hear from ANYBODY he used to know.” Yet this man projects himself as the nation’s––if not the world’s––political, military, economic, cultural, legal, intellectual, and moral leader. By his own admission, as a student he always sought out Marxists and similar radicals. Yet there are few friends who have been identified, only his 20-year relationship with his anti-white racist pastor in Chicago, always kept out of sight, and the other usual suspects, and, beyond that, some deep history in remote corners of the world, Kenya and Indonesia. Perhaps he has lived in other countries as well? He appears to have no rootedness in the USA or other parts of the West––in fact, at every opportunity, he gratuitously shows contempt for the West, its leaders, traditions, and institutions. He appears to reject the basic premises of the US Constitution, to have an aptitude for despotism, and a willingness––an eagerness, actually––to dismantle indispensable elements of the economic and social framework. Adjutorium nostrum, Domine.

    • canary

      Pro, the saying “those that can do. those that can’t teach.” may play into effect, though I considering teaching one of the most honorable and difficult jobs.

      “Mr. Obama improvised his own textbook”

      Amazing tax-payers paying for a narcissistic teacher who prefers to see his own image in a mirror and the audacity of never failing to mention many teachers need to be fired, and after 15 year period, the good ones should be rewarded. Dumb national teachers union, spending taxpayers millions buying Obama’s book rights monthes prior before the election, and now again for an abridged copy of it’s entirety. A book that many believe Bill Ayers wrote. Obama did not fulfill his first book contract he was advanced money for. After more money from another agent he went to a quiet place where he could write.

      Would really like to know just what editing he did, because the Federal Code of Regulations
      is nothing like it’s original wording. In the age of technology, and computerization, judges have the ability to format, change words, sight old over-ruled cases. Amazing, how the loss or change of one word or more, can change the entire meaning. All this editing and deception to the public should be corrected. There needs to be more accountability over the federal government’s continous attack on federal law. One little editor can do so much damage with a few clicks of the fingers. And most federal judges started as attorneys who couldn’t do, and don’t know the law very well. There should be
      articulate tests for the Supreme Court Justice. And testing every so many years. Obama wants teachers tested and rated, why not the Justices.
      Obama is good at drawing a dollar sign.

  4. GL0120

    How can we be sure that Teleprompter Of The United States (Totus) didn’t send this article to the Times?

  5. Squito

    “And he asked constant questions about consequences of laws: What would happen if a mother’s welfare grant did not increase with the birth of additional children?”

    Um, if you can’t support your own sorry @$$, why would you have extra kids?

    “Mr. Obama was especially eager for his charges to understand the horrors of the past, students say. He assigned a 1919 catalog of lynching victims, including some who were first raped or stripped of their ears and fingers, others who were pregnant or lynched with their children, and some whose charred bodies were sold off, bone fragment by bone fragment, to gawkers”

    I wonder if he ever taught how the blacks sold their own into slavery. I mean, isn’t the biggest crime of all that of selling out your own people to the enemy…? Oh, wait…

    “Nor could his views be gleaned from scholarship; Mr. Obama has never published any. He was too busy…”

    That’s the kind of excuse you’d get from a ten-year-old who didn’t do his homework. But then, there’s no question about Obama’s mental age. Haha.

  6. canary

    So Obama knows the aspects of partial abortion all too well, to blame his actions on ignorance. His fetish for lynching is known back to the young age of 5, describing the torture and killing of mother hen, before boiling it as stew, devouring it, describing the killing as enchantment.
    And he prosecutes white American’s interrogations torture?!. Considers Muslim monsters as non-terrorists, moderates holding the same “love they neighbor” believers as American’s practice?

    He assigned a 1919 catalog of lynching victims, including some who were first raped or stripped of their ears and fingers, others who were pregnant or lynched with their children, and some whose charred bodies were sold off, bone fragment by bone fragment, to gawkers…

    Why don’t Republicans play into his photo fetish, shared by his wife, AF1 fly over NYC photo-up, demanding the release of dead American soldiers, and make politicans look and watch at the photo’s and “live vidios” of partial-birth baby’s murder. Red apple babies burned to death in the womb til they die and abort. The sucking the brain from the tiny skulls. It’s 2009!!!!

  7. joeblough

    Obama’s an empty can.

    Hostile to the American philosophy of life and understanding of justice. But otherwise empty.

    But loads of people seem to like his voice and posture and the rhythm of his patter. And for most of them, that’s all that counts.

    He is walking proof of, I think it was Mark Twain’s assertion that once women start voting they will elect the best dancer.

    The man is beneath trivial.

    And he’s running the empire.

    Think Rome.

  8. RightWinger

    This part really made me laugh….

    “……Mr. Obama, then a state senator, took students with him to Springfield, Ill., the capital, to watch hearings and see him hash out legislation.”

    I’m sure his students learned a lot by watching Lil’ Barry stand there with his thumb up his rear end and saying “Present”.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    I am appalled. Not one mention of turning water into wine, walking on water or feeding the masses, or even parting the waters of Lake Michigan.

    Where’s my blackberry?…I’m gonna send off a very curt e-mail. Maybe even more than just curt.

    • catie

      Rusty, this past week Wes Pruden of the Washington Times had a little gem about all these pandemics that are/were supposed to do us in. He said he wouldn’t be too worried if Obama died as he’d be back in three days. That was the best line I’ve heard in a long time.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That IS funny.

  10. macbethslady

    The article is both right and wrong on the editing issue.

    Obama certainly edited articles. EVERY STUDENT at Harvard Law edits articles written by “eminent scholars.” It’s called subciting, and while it’s not technically required for graduation, everyone does it. You are expected to join at least one journal and subcite. Harvard Law publishes many journals which need about a hundred editors each, so subciting is heavily encouraged. They tell you it looks good on applications to say you “worked on a journal.”

    So this article is right about Obama having done some editing as a simple statistical matter. However, it is wrong about what that implies. Subciting is menial labor, not a sign of respect from the article authors.

    As a subciter, you edit for grammar, spelling, and proper citation form, and you also check the substance of each citation by the author as a guard against plagiarism. This is hardly prestigious work. It is slave labor that can be performed – and is performed – by literally every 1L who has been at Harvard at least one month.

    Case in point: I am a Harvard Law 1L who knows no more about law than any other 1L, but I have personally edited portions of about ten articles in the last school year. Didn’t require thinking, just checking my bluebook. It’s not a big deal, and really nothing to be proud of.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That’s good to know, Mac’slady. I never knew that and though I suspected something to that effect, it’s nice to hear it firsthand.

      No doubt about it, Oblabla is an empty suit. Does that which “looks good” in order to advance himself and that’s it.

      All show, no go. All glitz, no substance.

      “Obama, the curb feelers of America”.

    • proreason

      sounds like The Moron turned his spell checking skill into a career.

  11. gipper

    “Obama, the curb feelers of America”.

    I immediately imagined the antennae of cockroaches when I saw this.

  12. The victors control the writing of history… Remember that when the textbooks teach about How George Bush used to eat the heads off of federally protected Bald Eagles to give him “American insight..”

  13. MinnesotaRush

    Tell the lies often enough …

    Rewriting history, lies and deception. Cornerstone behavior of the MSM and libs …

    “And the beat goes on …”

    • DoctorRock

      Rush! You’re killing me! From Joseph Goebbels to Sonny Bono in the same breath? C’mon! I personally don’t have a problem with with those who will rewrite history, given it’s done with wit and some respect for the truth – Winston Churchill had a great spin on the American Revolution. But the NYT (“All the news that’s fit to print and then some!” -A.C.) isn’t so much revising history as it is updating something that’s their own creation to begin with. O will now appoint a Supreme Court Justice (and what are they odds he or she has faithfully paid their taxes anyway?) hence they must embellish on his legal acuity constitution expertise.
      Take heart my brothers, we’re already 20% through this. It’s now seventeen months to the midterm, and you have to pare a good four months off of that, as the July before an election they all attend those “How to Pass for a Christian” seminars and start peppering their speeches with “on God’s green earth” and “Lord willing”, and try to position themselves as America-loving moderates. One hundred days down, four hundred to go.
      BTW – flipping off people in cars with O stickers may be petty and juvenile, but it’s also therapeutic. I just started and experienced such a catharsis that I have to endorse it!

    • Be careful now Doc.. I can’t find the link I was looking for right now, but I swear I read somewhere that the liberals who plaster their rides with bumper stickers are more likely to become hostile when confronted with the reality of their views. (I’ve heard they support the 2nd amendment only then)

  14. AmericanIPA

    Can’t you be fired if you lie on your resume? I guess this isn’t the same thing since someone else is lying for you, but it should count for something.

    No wonder Obama is such a proponent of the public school system (for others of course) since he–like many public school teachers–doesn’t really know anything but still teaches. I really enjoy the daily lectures and history lessons from this man. It’s like he just read what he’s telling us and acting like he’s known it all along. I wish I were that smart.

  15. proreason

    Awesome slapdown of Comrade Obaminski in the NRO.

    “…Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that I’m currently working on yet another sequel to The Manchurian Candidate and I’ve come up with this crazy notion that, seven years after 9/11, the American people elected a man they had not even heard of a few years before, a man whose campaign was handled by a red-diaper baby, a man who was part Arab-African, the son of a Muslim, the circumstances of whose nativity are still unclear, whose college applications and transcripts have never been seen, who appears to have no friends from his days at Punahou, Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard. Heck, Hussein even went to Georgetown and made them cover up Jesus. And yet the enchanted Washington press corps finds Michelle’s bare arms and the Obamas’ new puppy — oddly enough, named BO — of far more journalistic interest. Talk about the dogs that don’t bark in the nighttime, the daytime, or any time!

    Or, to put it another way, if BHO II actually were the nutbag Right’s worst nightmare, a crypto-Muslim Marxist bent on the destruction of the Principal Enemy, as our friends the Soviets used to call us, how would he act any different?…

    http://article.nationalreview......U5ZjY5ODY=

    Something makes me think the author hangs out at S&L a lot.


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