© Miri WTPOTUS July 13, 2012
I recently came across an online copy of the Harvard Law Revue, a parody published in April 1990, dating to when Barack Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review. Images of the pages are provided at the link (until scrubbed). On the back page of the publication, there’s a photo of Obama that was very briefly on the Internet, during the campaign of 2008. (It’s the photo where he has that unusually wide nose.) Obama is shown, presumably standing in the law school library. Superimposed into the photo is a bottle of Dewar’s White Label Scotch. This photo was quickly disappeared from the Web in 2008, whether squelched by the Obama Truth Squad or because of copyright issues with Dewar’s is anyone’s guess.
Obama is mentioned frequently in this comedic publication, which includes an article attributed to Obama (about Obama. Who else but his favorite subject?) That autobiography was the topic of a previous post.
Let’s examine some of the now-historic references to Obama. First, let’s look at his profile, which appeared on the back page, along with his photo [emphasis added]:
Age: Extraordinarily mature
Occupation: First African African-American President of a major law revue published outside of New Haven.
Accomplishments: Faking Macho Sports Injury To Ensure Election. Limiting Body Meetings to 2 1/2 Hours. Deflecting Persistent Questioning About Ring On Left Hand.
Last Book Read: Everything I Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Modern Folk Tales
Why I Do What I Do: “To contribute to legal scholarship, sharpen my mind, . . . and the ladies love it.”
Quote: “Engage, empower, smoke Marlboro”
Profile: Shy, awkward, insecure. Not interested in politics.
His Scotch: Doer’s White Label. “Six or seven bottles makes even McConnell go down smooth.
What exactly is an AFRICAN African-American?
Why would they have written that in 1990? Keep in mind the recent discovery by Breitbart that Obama’s publisher said in its biography of author Obama that he was born in Kenya. For almost two decades that biography said that Obama was born in Kenya!
As far back as 1990, when he was in law school, Obama was apparently asked repeatedly about that ring on his left hand. Sounds like he dodged the questions.
Obama is mentioned on the cover, too:
Gödel, Escher, Barack: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Immediately, the joke regarding Escher and the wrongness of a picture is apparent, given that the reference is to M.C. Escher, an artist who specialized in “impossible reality,” according to Wikipedia.
(Many see much that is “wrong” with photos allegedly of Barack Obama and his family, but surely this wasn’t their point back in 1990.)
M. C. Escher developed a technique featured in his works Metamorphosis I, II, and III:
The concept of this work is to morph one image into a tessellated pattern, then gradually to alter the outlines of that pattern to become an altogether different image.
Or to become an altogether different person? Did Obama’s law school colleagues even then recognize his tendency to morph his own image? What about that reference to Gödel? The man had citizenship issues of his own:
Gödel was born April 28, 1906, in Brno, Austria-Hungary … [and] automatically became a Czechoslovak citizen at age 12 when the Austro-Hungarian empire broke up at the end of World War I. According to his classmate Klepetař, “Gödel considered himself always Austrian and an exile in Czechoslovakia” … during this time. He chose to become an Austrian citizen at age 23. When Nazi Germany annexed Austria, Gödel automatically became a German citizen at age 32. After World War II, at the age of 42, he became an American citizen.
So how many citizenships did he have? Four? Did Obama’s law school colleagues know about his multiple citizenships? Does that explain this reference? Or does this anecdote hold another clue? From Wikipedia:
On December 5, 1947, [Albert] Einstein and [Oskar] Morgenstern accompanied Gödel to his U.S. citizenship exam, where they acted as witnesses. Gödel had confided in them that he had discovered an inconsistency in the U.S. Constitution, one that would allow the U.S. to become a dictatorship. Einstein and Morgenstern were concerned that their friend’s unpredictable behavior might jeopardize his chances. Fortunately, the judge turned out to be Phillip Forman. Forman knew Einstein and had administered the oath at Einstein’s own citizenship hearing. Everything went smoothly until Forman happened to ask Gödel if he thought a dictatorship like the Nazi regime could happen in the U.S. Gödel then started to explain his discovery to Forman. Forman understood what was going on, cut Gödel off, and moved the hearing on to other questions and a routine conclusion.”
[Gödel] noticed that the AC [amendment clause of the United States Constitution] had procedural limitations but no substantive limitations; hence it could be used to overturn the democratic institutions described in the rest of the constitution.
In other words, the Constitution allows for its own amendment. Suber also explores this potential paradox: Can the amendment clause itself be amended? This article, written in 2007 by Mark Dominus, considers other loopholes:
[Greg] Padgett also pointed out that the scheme I proposed for amending the constitution, which I claimed would require only the cooperation of a majority of both houses of Congress, 218 + 51 = 269 people in all, would actually require a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. He says that to be safe you would want all 100 senators to conspire; I’m not sure why 60 would not be sufficient. (Under current Senate rules, 60 senators can halt a filibuster.) This would bring the total required to 218 + 60 = 278 conspirators.
He also pointed out that the complaisance of five Supreme Court justices would give the President essentially dictatorial powers, since any legal challenge to Presidential authority could be rejected by the court.
Did Obama’s law school colleagues perhaps notice an exceptional interest on his part in finding (and using) loopholes to effect a dictatorial takeover of the US government? Was he prone to excessively focus upon how such loopholes might be exploited to bring about an “evil dictatorship” in the USA? Did he know about Suber’s book, published that same year? Did he plumb the depths of Suber’s book, which speaks about liars, paradox, sovereign omnipotence, and metaphysical omnipotent deities?
A glance at the index of the book shows many topics that might interest a person intent on getting and keeping power in a quest to
fundamentally transform America.
For example, Suber asks whether the Fourteenth Amendment “impliedly” amended Article V of the Constitution; he also speculates about whether a treaty in effect amends the Constitution.
We’re constantly informed that Obama is/was a “constitutional scholar.” Perhaps he was, in a quest for loopholes, such as how a man who is not a natural born citizen might usurp the presidency or how such a man might make himself “King Obama“.
Later in the parody, Obama is listed as an “inmate” of the Law Revue:
Another inmate was “Julius Genachowski–Smooth Talker,” who is now part of the Obama administration; he’s the current FCC chairman (much to our dismay).
Other notables on the comprehensive list of Obama colleagues are Bradford A. Berenson (of Sidley-Austin LLP, where Michelle Obama and domestic terrorist Bernardine Dohrn also worked); Michael B. Froman, current Deputy Assistant to Obama and Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs; David E. Nahmias, Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; Thomas J. Perrelli, former Associate Attorney General in the Obama administration; Andrew L. Schlafly, son of conservative lawyer/activist Phyllis Schlafly; and J. Bradford Weigmann, who was Assistant Legal Advisor for Management at the Department of State in 2008. A previous post on our blog identified and discussed many of Obama’s law school colleagues.
There’s a very interesting bogus citation in a footnote to a comedic essay allegedly written by “Laurence DiaTribe” (aka Laurence Tribe). To wit:
Barack Obama, The Semicolon Goes Where?, 666 BLUEBOOKING’S NOT IMPORTANT FOR CELEBRITIES L. J. (1990).
So what can we take from all this? Even back in 1990, Obama was a “celebrity” with a “cult” following, who is kidded about how he, being a celebrity, doesn’t have to follow the edicts of the Bluebook with regard to punctuation? Hmm. What about that allusion to 666? Another footnote to the Laurence DiaTribe essay reads,
Some say that the Revue has a Constitution, and at least one editor claims to have read it. See B. Berenson, WE THE FEDERALISTS: 103 YEARS OF THE REVUE CONSTITUTION 1789 (1990) (arguing that Revue framers never envisioned affirmative action, writing competitions, or Gordon Whitman.)
Yet another reads,
See Lee, Let Me Be Honest … Barack is Black, 104 U. Don’t Say L. REV. 2/4 (1990) (offering unique insights into the presidential race)
Even incredibly annoying speech and speech habits are protected by this guarantee. See, e.g., Obama, Why I Have a Constitutional Right To Say the Word “Folks” in Every Sentence, 14 INTELLECTUAL LANGUAGES L.Q. 28 (1990-1991)
What comes to mind are news articles, now scrubbed, that talked about the griping among former Law Review editors and presidents with regard to how Obama came to be selected for his position. The implication was that he was chosen based upon his color rather than merit. In other words, via affirmative action. The changes to the selection process were detailed in our previous post.
The entire publication is full of juvenile double entendres, sexist jokes, and allusions to drug use.
Two years later, the Harvard Law Revue was in the news, deservedly so, after the husband of a murdered professor was invited to their annual “gala” where, had he attended, he would have been subjected to insulting “jokes” about his deceased wife.
Derrick Bell, a professor at Harvard Law in 1990, and Elizabeth Warren–alleged Native American, former Harvard Law professor, former member of the Obama administration, current candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts–were both tangentially connected to this issue of affirmative action and the paucity of female professors at Harvard. See here for more about the controversy over the parody of the murdered professor. Warren was a beneficiary of the Bell protest (also affirmative action). This article shows that poor taste had a long tradition at Harvard.
There appears to be an anachronism in the footnotes of the Laurence DiaTribe essay. Page 4, last parenthetical phrase on the page:
(facebook of the 1980’s)
Facebook, the social network site, debuted in 2004. To what, then, does that footnote refer? According to Wikipedia:
Colleges and universities in the United States often published official or unofficial books listing their students, faculty, or staff, together with pictures and limited biographical data.
Is this Obama’s page from the 1990 “facebook”? There is no biographical data. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what Obama supplied back then for his biography. Where, for example, did he say he was born?
Again, what exactly is an African African-American? Was he attending Harvard Law as a dual US/Kenyan citizen? Did he tell others that he was still a Kenyan citizen? If so, he should not have, because his campaign claimed in 2008 that he surrendered that citizenship in his early 20s. But was that true?
Given that we have no idea if this edition of the Harvard Law Revue was truly published in April 1990 or whether it’s yet another obot plant, we can’t rule out more Alinsky tactics.
If this entire publication is a snarky recent creation of obots, it nevertheless gives insight into their mentality and may also give clues to the identity of the person or persons who created the bogus birth certificates, the selective service record, the birth announcements, and the photoshopped images.
Even if truly from 1990, the identities of the complicit ones might be found there.
In 2008, Obama had quite a cabal of Harvard-connected people supporting him. This article shows just how many and who they were.
Please read the rest of the pages from this parody and share with us what stands out to you.