Tuesday, August 07, 2012


Wayne Allyn Root, a guy who's been a sports handicapper, broadcaster, author, and libertarian political candidate, but mostly a self-promoting blowhard, failed four years ago to interest anyone outside the wingnuttosphere in his theory that his Columbia classmate Barack Obama never really attended the school, so now he's back talking that smack with a slight twist, over at Glenn Beck's Blaze, which is also widely ignored by non-wingnuts. Root's new twist is that Obama did attend Columbia, but under false pretenses:
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?
I attended Columbia and graduated three years before these guys, and I'll cross (A) right off the list. Columbia transcripts don't record attendance, fer crissake -- it's not a high school. As for the rest, well, Root is just parroting what a lot of neo-birther crazies believe. And he's doing it at the site of a lunatic who once had a mainstream-media gig but was deemed too extreme and bizarre even for Fox.

So this charge is going to stay on the fringes -- right?

Er, no:

And the best-known Transcript Truther -- better known even than Root -- just so happens to have media appearance tonight. On Fox! What are the odds?

Is this enough to get the country to stop wondering about Mitt Romney's tax returns? No. It's enough to make wingnuts feel that tax returns for transcripts is an appropriate tradeoff (the rest of America doesn't care about Obama's college years, which he isn't offering as the main reason he should be president; Romney's tax returns are a very different matter). Trump isn't limiting himself to Fox -- I see he was peddling this on CNBC today -- but I think he and Root are going to be tag-teaming this on Fox for the next couple of weeks, with Fox's own hosts and regulars as an amen chorus.

Meanwhile, here's a lovely photo of Wayne Allyn Root:

UPDATE WEDNESDAY: Puke funnel fully functional: Wayne Allyn Root was discussing this on Sean Hannity's Fox show last night, while Trump on Greta Van Susteren's show also focused on Topic A.


Victor said...

Yes, because the college transcripts of a 1-term President tell us much more than some rich corporatist Presidential candidate's financial dealings - how he earned the money, how much taxes he paid on those earnings, and how he could have Swiss and Cayment Islands (and that's all that we know of) accounts, and then, finally, how an IRA, with a half-dozen thousand dollars maximum annual allowable contribution, can possibly be worth $20 to 100+ million dollars!

What did President Obama do that was roughly the same?

What are you looking for?
Did he get a 400.00 GPA in a semester because he got a 40,000.00 in an African-American History class, to beef-up his overall grade?

These things which you bitch about are NOT comparable!

Biggie said...

" He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen?"

So the Libertarians nominated for VP a guy who thinks a person loses their US citizenship if he/she lives in another country for awhile. Nice party they've got there.

Media Wonk said...

I graduated from Columbia one year ahead of Obama. They wouldn't give me my diploma right away because I owed a goddamn library fine. If Barack Obama has a diploma from Columbia, believe me, his grades were fine.

Unknown said...

Wait - Wayne Root played all the oompa-loompas in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? And when did oompa-loompas get hummers?