I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia.
Obama and his infamous strategist David Axelrod understand how to play political hardball, the best it’s ever been played. Team Obama has decided to distract America’s voters by condemning Mitt Romney for not releasing enough years of his tax returns. It’s the perfect cover. Obama knows the best defense is a bold offense. Just keep attacking Mitt and blaming him for secrecy and evasion, while accusing him of having a scandal that doesn’t exist. Then ask followers like Senator Harry Reid to chase the lead. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader appears to now be making up stories out of thin air, about tax returns he knows nothing about. It’s a cynical, brilliant, and vicious strategy. Make Romney defend, so he can’t attack the real Obama scandal.
This is classic Axelrod. Obama has won several elections in his career by slandering his opponents and leaking sealed documents. Not only do these insinuations and leaks ruin the credibility and reputation of Obama’s opponents, they keep them on the defensive and off Obama’s trail of sealed documents.
By attacking Romney’s tax records, Obama’s socialist cabal creates a problem that doesn’t exist. Is the U.S. Senate Majority Leader making up stories out of thin air? You decide. But the reason for this baseless attack is clear- make Romney defend, so not only is he “off message” but it helps the media ignore the real Obama scandal.
My answer for Romney? Call Obama’s bluff.
Romney should call a press conference and issue a challenge in front of the nation. He should agree to release more of his tax returns, only if Obama unseals his college records. Simple and straight-forward. Mitt should ask “What could possibly be so embarrassing in your college records from 29 years ago that you are afraid to let America’s voters see? If it’s THAT bad, maybe it’s something the voters ought to see.” Suddenly the tables are turned. Now Obama is on the defensive.
My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records because they contain information that could destroy his chances for re-election. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is you’ll never hear about Mitt’s tax returns ever again.
Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer.
If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never even heard of him. And none of the classmates that I knew at Columbia have ever met him, saw him, or heard of him.
But don’t take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
Now all of this mystery could be easily and instantly dismissed if Obama released his Columbia transcripts to the media. But even after serving as President for 3 1/2 years he refuses to unseal his college records. Shouldn’t the media be as relentless in pursuit of Obama’s records as Romney’s? Shouldn’t they be digging into Obama’s past–beyond what he has written about himself–with the same boundless enthusiasm as Mitt’s?
The first question I’d ask is, if you had great grades, why would you seal your records? So let’s assume Obama got poor grades. Why not release the records? He’s president of the free world, for gosh sakes. He’s commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. Who’d care about some poor grades from three decades ago, right? So then what’s the problem? Doesn’t that make the media suspicious? Something doesn’t add up.
Secondly, if he had poor grades at Occidental, how did he get admitted to an Ivy League university in the first place? And if his grades at Columbia were awful, how’d he ever get into Harvard Law School? So again those grades must have been great, right? So why spend millions to keep them sealed?
Third, how did Obama pay for all these fancy schools without coming from a wealthy background? If he had student loans or scholarships, would he not have to maintain good grades?
I can only think of one answer that would explain this mystery.
Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not.
If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that:
A) He rarely ever attended class.
B) His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.
C) He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.
D) He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.
If you think I’m “fishing” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of?
If it’s okay for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go on a fishing expedition about Romney’s taxes (even though he knows absolutely nothing about them nor will release his own), then I think I can do the same thing. But as Obama’s Columbia Class of ’83 classmate, at least I have more standing to make educated guesses.
It’s time for Mitt to go on the attack and call Obama’s bluff.
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee and the author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian.” Read more at his website: www.ROOTforAmerica.com
I like Mitt, but he is gutless.
I think you may want to rephrase that comment.
I think I know what you meant but it didn't come out that way.
This could be construed as a refection on you!
No harm, No foul.
EXACTLY!!! Gotta wonder what Mitt is afraid of.....this would be his golden opportunity to challenge the birth certificate, social security number, draft registration and college records. Why on earth is he not doing this?
I'm figuring the bc issue is low key, just in case he wants Rubio as vp candidate....BAD MOVE....
OR....does Mitt have something to hide on these tax returns that he won't release. These days....I don't trust anything that any of them say, and even if I have to hold my nose and vote for Romney to unseat the greater evil, I want to know what I'm voting for.
Mitt should challenge obidiot and face whatever music he needs to face with his tax returns. I'm sure in the feeing frenzy that ensues as a result of his challenges, his tax stuff will get lost in the shuffle....unless the usurper lies, produces more forgeries, or worse yet, declares martial law and suspends the election.....all of which I expect to see should it come to this.
I think this Columbia info has been around for a while. Romney should concentrate on the economy and jobs. Let someone else do the Columbia thing.
Priscilla, Romney should do what it takes to get the usurper OUT of our white house. Then his jobs and economy plans might have a chance.
Gee, that's just what we need. We're under supreme and vicious attack by the communists inside and outside of our government, and the GOP is ramming a candidate down our throats who has no cajones (that's Mexican, which I figure Mittens can understand clearly).
So, why is Romney so silent on obama's eligibility? Does he not want to have to answer the same questions about himself? Why should the lawful voters want obama 2 in office? Romney is just another NWO candidate. Where the hell are the questions about integrity and morality? How about the questions about constitutional conformance by government?
There seems to be only one candidate who has sworn three oaths he has never violated. He is also a natural born citizen. He is also demanding constitutional conformance by government. Why is he being ignored by the establishment (rhetorical question - they don't want to be forced to abide by our laws)?
I was afraid of another "McCain" candidate, which the RNC knew was a sham, and look what we have even before the primaries and Convention, another too soft to fight person. I'm having that same feeling now as before the 2008 election, RNC wants status quo and this candidate will almost insure that outcome, they're going to make money from either candidate and only those with a Tea Party mentality will seek another candidate. "This dog won't hunt."
Larry, I am afraid that I would have to agree. It really riled me that the GOP establishment was able to force their choice on us once again. It was our own fault for failing to get behind ONE good conservative candidate. Remember that every one of the other candidates were ahead of Romney at one time or another. I backed and would have voted for Herman Cain but the GOP was happy enough to allow the smear campaign against him, if they weren't actually the ones behind it.
Romney should simply issue the challenge to Obama. I'll show my taxes when you show your school records, senate records and taxes. As the writer suggests it would put an end to the tax return "scandal" and argument for good and allow Romney to get back to the right argument about the economy and employment environment.
I think Romney is in a dangerous position. Not only is he up against Obama but also George Soros and his machine.
If thats the case then Romney better get some balls.
I believe Romney is just a pacifist. I don't think he likes confrontation. Like it or not he invited when he decided to run for this office. Now he had better defend that decision. The Left are already pulling out all the stops. Romney needs to do the same thing. Perhaps he should invite Arpaio to stump for him and stump for Arpaio as well. West would be a great compensator for Mitt's lack of aggressiveness. But do you think Romney will do any of this? No way. And THAT worries me.