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Oops! Barack Obama’s Mom Forgot To ‘Change Him Back’ To An American

Wayne Root went to Columbia with Barack Obama, in the early ’80s and had the same major and everything … or did he? He says he doesn’t remember any such Barry Obama Soetoro person around campus! Though probably, as he tells Sean Hannity in this video, that was because Barry was too busy smoking weed and being a radical socialist and gay-marrying Pakistanis. But since Barack publicly loves drugs and gay Pakistanis, there shouldn’t be any reason for him to hide his Columbia records, says Wayne Root! But maybe … just maybe, stick with him for a moment, this is just a gut instinct but he’s learned to trust his gut … maybe Barack Obama’s mom never “changed him back” to an American after making him an Indonesian as a child! And this will be revealed in his Columbia transcripts! And that’s how Mitt Romney is going to win this election.

Wayne Root has this long article on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze that spends a lot of time meandering around before it gets to the good stuff (where “good” = “insane,” obvs), but here, we’ll skip to the end for you:

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.

This is sort of a masterpiece, because it manages to latch onto the whole scary “THE PRESIDENT IS THE TERRIFYING OTHER” thing without getting into birtherism, which even most crazies are starting to recognize as untenable. It also taps into Real Americans’ strongly-held beliefs that our government and elite institutions are just stone cold handing out affirmative action and scholarships to undeserving brown foreigners.

The only problem of course is that there isn’t really such a thing as an “exchange student” at the college level, and most U.S. college financial aid programs cater specifically to U.S. citizens, and also you don’t lose your U.S. citizenship by living abroad unless you formally renounce it (which Barack Obama’s mother never did and you probably can’t do it on behalf of a minor child anyway) so there’s no need to “change it back” when you move home. But other than that, this story makes perfect sense, which is why Wayne Root is offering it to Mitt Romney as a sure-fire election winning defense strategy against Obama’s calls for his pesky tax records.

Why is Wayne Root so convinced about how good his gut instincts are, by the way?

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.

Which elicited the following comment from Blaze community member “RGFromTexas”:

Wayne Allen Root is a con man from Vegas who charges $100 for his sports picks !!! He operates a ‘boiler room’ that hammers people for their credit card numbers to charge them. The bottom line is he couldn’t pick a winner in a Rocky Movie. He is horrible.

Haha, someone sounds bitter about some sports betting gone awry! But not half as bitter as Reason’s Mike Riggs, who points out that Root was the Libertarian VP candidate in 2008, so why is he giving free campaign advice to Mitt Romney and not Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, damn it. [The Blaze]

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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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225 comments

    1. James Michael Curley

      He was that guy they would find sleeping on the steps to the library every morning.

    2. Omophagist

      And I'm pretty sure from my visit to Columbia that's its a college and not a kindergarten and, hence, doesn't keep records of whether their adult students attend class or not.

    3. jcmarkowitz

      I attended Columbia several years before Obama. At my graduation I was amazed at how many of my fellow classmates I did not recognize and had never seen over the past four years. There were seven hundred students in each college class, in an urban campus of I think about 15,000 students. We did not have much "college life" in those days. Hardly anyone ate in the dining hall, preferring local delis and cooking on hot plates in dorm rooms or apartments. Outside of a small circle of friends, people just tended not to know a lot of their classmates.

      Obama lived off campus, and only attended Columbia for two years. It is not surprising at all that a lot of his classmates did not know him.

      1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

        stop that now…you're tossing cold water on the "ultimate odds maker" here! I think it's funny that Root is touting his record as a bookie for why we should believe him…I mean, every fucking sports magazine has some bookie claiming they are "the best"…and what about a bookie would make this scenario plausible? So essentially, what he's saying is his completely bullshit, implausible and easily falsifiable theory is a good one because he occassionally picks who'll win an NFL game? Jesus, the guy who ran the office pool at work could have written that column. Also, way to screw up your education Roto-Rooter…you attend an Ivy-league University to learn how to fuck people over on a macro-scale rigging Wallstreet…not fucking people over telling them the Buffalo Bills will win (when everyone knows that isn't true).

    1. BlueStateLibel

      Or how to run a successful campaign for president … hint: bragging about your card for free lifetime fast food does not help.

    2. Native_of_SL_UT

      I hope Mitt remembered to change his citizenship back from French after his mission.

    1. finallyhappy

      And in my former job(s), we did give aid to foreign grad students who worked on our grants -however, they got no special "easy" entrance to the programs. They were extremely gifted in the fields of science and engineering. yeah, the Ivies are all about letting in anyone as long as they are foreign and not white or women- or so stupid white american men would like to believe-because they even got rejected from Oklahoma State U.

    2. fartknocker

      And Austin misses you, especially when we drink beer at the Texas Chili Parlor on Guadalupe Street.

      1. Limeylizzie

        True story, I used to work there, when I was at UT, and I worked with this really lovely and very quiet woman who always reminded me of someone, turns out she was Lee Harvey Oswald's daughter! Obviously, she had taken her stepfather's surname.

    3. James Michael Curley

      When I went AWOL after the Kent State shootings I hung out on the UT Campus and would watch the students and riot police charge back and forth across the Circle for two days from the Student Center (those of us in there when the riot police attacked were prevented from leaving.) Then I went back to Fort Hood. There was an English girl in the group – that's all I remember other than she had a high english manner of speech.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Not I , that was before my time and I have an accent that is an odd mix of Sussex, where I grew up, East London, my Dad, Oxford, where I went to university and trans-Atlantic.Someone once told me I sounded exactly like Jackie Bissett.

        1. James Michael Curley

          I've been greatly in lust with Jacqueline Bisset since she was Miss Goodthighs. Years later when they were filming Rich and Famous in NYC they did a scene at the Horn & Hardart Automat at 42nd & 3rd. Since I was working at Mobil there we all went out during lunch to watch the filming. It was the dead of August and they were filming a Winter Scene. Between takes both Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen would through off their fur coats and get blasted with cool air from what must have been the Hollywood version of a leaf blower.

  1. freakishlywrong

    I think what this asshole is really saying is if you unsealed his Columbia transcripts; Barry would be Blah.

    1. kittensdontlie

      With the robotron MittRmoney Model 300, the 'American/Mexican' switch is easily found and tripped, whereas with humans, the switch is not so easily found.

  2. Tundra Grifter

    For better or worse (and it's probably better) it's not the 1980's anymore.

    It's 2012. Everyone knows who Barack Obama. And nobody knows who Wayne Root is. And nobody cares.

    1. sullivanst

      I'd actually heard of Wayne Root, I think some bored Kossack actually wasted some time vettening the Libertarian ticket back in '08 or something because the boiler room accusation seemed familiar.

  3. SorosBot

    I shouldn't have listened to Wayne Root when he advised me to bet against the Harlem Globetrotters.

    1. finallyhappy

      Root vegetables have a lot more going for them than this guy- turnips, beets, rutabaga, yucca, malanga(throwing in some foreign ones -because they are so much better than him)

  4. actor212

    Y'know, ol' Wayne here…he looks like Al Gore if Al Gore was a fat, lazy, unthinking cowardly little white-haired shit who leapt at every opportunity to scam some free airtime.

        1. Chet Kincaid_

          I think Serena Williams should take up Beach Volleyball. In fact, I think I will insist that she does! (This will lead to new innovations in sport bikini technology, hopefully with some televised strap failures along the way.)

          1. bobbert

            Well, there's little point in her playing tennis anymore — even Wayne Root should be able to predict the results of her matches.

  5. BaldarTFlagass

    It's really too bad that some far-seeing birther-to-be wasn't there when Obama's mom switched Barry's citizenship from US to Indonesian. He/she could have then touched Barry and said "Black black no take back" and we could now just go ahead and impeach him.

  6. Come here a minute

    It's well known that being a dope fiend was a prerequisite for admission to Columbia in the early eighties.

  7. SorosBot

    "He says he doesn’t remember any such Barry Obama Soetoro person around campus!"

    Which is very important, because normally in college you know every single other student graduating the same year as you.

    1. GunToting[Redacted]

      Tell me about it. I get my college Alumni magazine every month and look at the updates from the people who purportedly graduated with me, and I don't know 90% of them! I keep drafting angry letters to my provost, but have yet to receive a reply.

      1. SorosBot

        When I graduated, the speechifying valedictorian for social sciences was someone who had the same major as me, and I had never seen her before in my life. Therefore, she must not have really gone to school there!

        1. Generation[redacted]

          It follows, too, that her grades must have been bad. Also. I just hope her mother remembered to switch her back to American after graduation!

        2. BerkeleyBear

          Yeah, when I went to the history department graduation (we couldn't do a single ceremony because, well, that would have taken all day and sucked royally), I realized it was bigger than my high school graduating class and I knew maybe a dozen people well enough to say high. Then again, I really enjoyed sleeping in and drinking beer more than going to class.

          Even in law school, which was only 380 of us or so and I worked a lot harder, I couldn't have told you who half the people graduating with me were. So they must have all been foreign exchange students on foreign lawyer scholarships.

    2. James Michael Curley

      If any of the other dozen conspiracy theories about Obama were true, why would this Rootworm assume Obama would have profile sufficient enough to be noticed at a school that has over 5,000 students on campus every day?

      We call these rightwingnuts dumb, stupid, detarded and such but they are simply bigoted pricks with no capability or experience to make a coherent argument. Sort of like the last guy you saw who staged a lengthy Power Point Presentation and all he did was read the slides as they went by.

  8. actor212

    If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that:

    A) He rarely ever attended class.

    If you could unseal Obama's Columbia University records, I believe you'll find they don't KEEP records of classroom attendance, which at Columbia, like EVERY OTHER FUCKING UNIVERSITY, is not mandatory.

    You're expected to attend and the individual professors might keep some informal records, but they didn't use Delaney books.

    Which you might know IF, you know, you actually attended the fucking school, you fat lying weasel.

    1. emmelemm

      Actually, for most classes you could not attend every day of the semester, then show up and ace the final and you'd be golden.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    And then Root broke out his yearbook, and showed where Barack signed it for him.
    "Dear Wayne, [bunch of stuff written in Indonesian], Regards, Barry Soetero."

    1. spends2much

      I'm sure he would have written "Death to America!" in Indonesian, just because. And then added a little hammer and sickle after his name…

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      OH THAT Columbia Records. Yep, I bet there's nothing there that proves Barry changed his imaginary Indonesian citizen ship back to true-blue American.

    2. James Michael Curley

      Hey you've discovered how Obama did it. He sent a super secret military grade burst of EMI which wiped out all Columbia Records!

  10. hagajim

    The only problem of course is that there isn’t really such a thing as an “exchange student” at the college level, and most U.S. college financial aid programs cater specifically to U.S. citizens Point well taken – however, the only real problem is that there are enough wingnuts out there that this B.S. might fly. That's a big problem, too many dumbz.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        To them, college is just a mysterious and shadowy Communists & Lesbians factory.

        And somehow, there's also football…?

        1. emmelemm

          Not at Columbia. (The last part, that is…)

          [YES, Columbia has a football team. But have they ever won a game? Not likely.]

          1. MosesInvests

            True story-I actually graduated from Columbia with football players who had *never* won a varsity game. As far as I know, Columbia still holds the longest losing streak in NCAA history. OTOH, the marching band featured kazoos.

          2. emmelemm

            True story! I actually graduated from Columbia not long after the streak was broken [ETA: I think?], but definitely attended during the streak. We may have been there AT THE SAME TIME. {dun dun DUN}

            Roar, Lion, Roar
            Amidst the echoes of the Hudson Val-llleee
            Fight on for victory evermore
            While the sons of Knickerbocker rally round Columbia,
            Columbia! Shouting her name forever ~
            Roar, Lion, Roar…

  11. Jus_Wonderin

    What the fuck does this gain these asshats? Really, just fuck them with Elephant dicks and Lysol.

  12. mavenmaven

    Wait, Obama is now from Denmark?
    Anyway, most US law and medical schools do not accept foreign students, so this kind of conspiracy can only be propagated by people with no experience of graduate degrees.

    1. Native_of_SL_UT

      What good would a US law degree be to some foreign exchange student who's just going to go back to his own country and practice Sharia law?

  13. noodlesalad

    Yes, this reasoning makes sense, which is why Columbia was swarming with Indonesian refugees in the 1980s.

    1. MosesInvests

      Yeah, you couldn't get anything to eat in the cafeteria except gado-gado and barbequed dog.

  14. actor212

    The only problem of course is that there isn’t really such a thing as an “exchange student” at the college level

    No no, Josh! He said "foreign exchange" student, which means Columbia purchased him in rupiah and had him converted into US $ down at the local Thomas Cook office.

    1. ChernobylSoup

      I got foreign student aid at Brown. They refused to believe that Arkansas was part of the US.

      I just went along with it.

  15. ChernobylSoup

    Good lord. Just champion an amendment saying nobody with black blood to the 12th generation can be president and be done with it.

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Civic literacy test to be administered by Shammity, and judged by Faux Newz viewer polls.

  16. Chet Kincaid_

    So Hannity just books Vegas Oddsmakers who have no information as informed political pundits on his show? That really is like having Carnac The Magnificent as a regular on "Meet The Press."

      1. mlle_derp

        What's all this I hear about sax & violins on television? What this country needs is MORE culture, yada yada yada…

        Oh. Never mind.

    1. actor212

      "Criswell, can you tell us how you think the election will turn out, based on Romney's latest strategy?"

      "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown… the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony, of the miserable souls, who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the places. My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts of grave robbers from outer space? "

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden. In the garden, growth has it's seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

  17. actor212

    Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

    Curiously, it's on the corner of Public Urination Street and Expectoration Boulevard.

    1. sullivanst

      $10,000 of Mitt's money says the Vegas walk of stars is much like the Hollywood one, in that they'll "offer" a star to anyone that's ever bought an entry in a Who's Who-type thing, as long as they're willing to pay up.

        1. sullivanst

          Holy crap that's some busy Flash. Did they hire a 16-year old to build their site? Just cuz you can animate something, doesn't mean you should, ya know?

  18. SoBeach

    The sane republicans are now all "aw fuck it" when it comes to Romney. They know barring some miracle he's going down in flames in November. So yeah, let the crazies take over. It's not like a bunch of gibbering lunatics on Fox and talk radio are going to hurt their candidate any.

    Might as well let the loons play, then blame them for the loss later. That's what I'd do if I were stuck with such a shitty candidate.

  19. actor212

    The bottom line is he couldn’t pick a winner in a Rocky Movie.

    In fairness, he lost in films 1 and 6, and the first bout in film 3. That makes Rocky 4-3 as a professional movie fighter.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      I'm not sure which surprises me more. That there were that many Rocky films, or that a Wonketteer knows offhand the results of all the bouts therin.

    2. James Michael Curley

      He'll do press-ups and chin-ups
      Do the snatch, clean, and jerk
      He thinks dynamic tension
      Must be hard work
      Such strenuous living
      I just don't understand
      When in just seven days
      Oh, baby
      I can make you a man

  20. Goonemeritus

    Well I had all manner of stars awarded to me in my early education so I feel confident in my assessment that Wayne was involved in covering up Glen Beck’s various hooker murders. After all as coked –up as Glen was back then I can’t believe he hid all the bodies himself.

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      That list of possible and probable (given the sleaziness of each candidate) list of Beck accomplises keeps getting longer and longer. It would be nice if just ONE of them would show some remorse for the many, many victims….

  21. elviouslyqueer

    I categorically refuse to listen to 5:46 worth of two juicy pussyfarts trying to out-douche each other.

    1. freakishlywrong

      Not that I'm remotely as elegant, but I couldn't find your point more salient. Or upfist you more.

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      This is why I love wonkette…our sexy editrix and her sub-staff take all the punishment of listening to these wetfarts so we can rip on the results without having to do so. Besides, the only good way to watch Hannity is to begin rifftrax…

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      One might say the same of the bulk of Hannity's guests. Feeding the red-meat crowd with a vaporous diet of unsupported rumors, smoke and mirrors.

  22. PuckStopsHere

    I'd like to see Mittwit's disciplinary files from Cranbrook as long as were are on the subject.

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      You mean like the time he sodomized the substitute with a broom handle because he wouldn't give him an "A" even after being asked "do you know who I am?" Mittens has gotten a lot of mileage out of his name yet never admits to it…

  23. Antispandex

    "…says Wayne Root! But maybe … just maybe, stick with him for a moment, this is just a gut instinct but he’s learned to trust his gut … "

    As with many conservatives, there is a lot of gut there to trust.

  24. Mumbletypeg

    The bottom line is he [Wayne Root] couldn’t pick a winner in a Rocky Movie.

    The near genius of that first "Rocky" film was a.) defying feelgood conventions by letting the story's hero lose in the end, so that b.) they could milk that hero-worship/ underdog fetish stretching it into 2, 3, was it 4 sequels for the benefit of someone's pocketbook.

    I appreciate that guy who's criticizing Wayne Root but he's missing the subtext: secretly Root anticipates Four More Years for Barry so he can manufacture even *more* crazy lies about the Too Lionized To Fail president he enjoys belittling; and his HUNCH that drives Root's vision? tells him his own underdog status will serve him well once Obama fails and fails hard – - proving that Root held the winning strategy all along!

  25. James Michael Curley

    Remember all those interviews Fox News conducted with the Yale and Harvard class mates of Dubya who told about his drinking, cocaine use and vandalism that they did together? Me neither.

  26. RadioBowels

    If he's such a great fucking prognosticator — in his mind at least — why doesn't he bet a couple of million on a Romney win?

  27. Callyson

    Hey–this genius wrote a book!

    The Joy of Failure!: How to Turn Failure, Rejection, and Pain into Extraordinary Success

    Let's have him demonstrate, starting with that failure, rejection, and pain business in 3…2…1…

  28. Terry

    "He rarely ever attended class."

    I'm a year younger than Barry. My college records make absolutely no mention of class attendance. At all.

    I think the people expecting to find that sort of info in Barry's file must have gone to those special schools where attendance is a major part of their grades.

    1. PsycWench

      None of that information makes it into college records. But the target audience has no idea how college works.

    1. Boojum

      He has the same name as a movie about slaves, from Africa. Therefore, he is Obama's long lost Kenyan brother.

  29. Tundra Grifter

    "I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. "

    It's about as hard to find the #1 Vegas handicapper as it is to locate the cheapest discount mattress store. Or a beige computer.

  30. Tundra Grifter

    Apparently Wayne Allyn Root (3 names – just like a serial kiler) – was also involved in "Wealth Masters International."

    How can one go wrong putting money into an outfit with a name like that?

  31. MistaEko

    Wayback Machine: 1999

    Me: George Bush's transcripts show he was a terrible student and never came to class! He got into Yale solely because he was a legacy student!

    Los GOP: *snicker snicker* SO?

    Me: This behavior and attitude persists in him today! I think it will be a problem!

    Los GOP: …. Elitist!

  32. chicken_thief

    "…He says he doesn’t remember any such Barry Obama Soetoro person around campus!"

    So one possibility is that Barry wasn't there.

    Another equally plausible possibility is that Wayne's memory sucks.

    I'm leaning towards the latter.

    1. sullivanst

      Possibility three is that they simply moved in different circles. Columbia has almost 8,000 undergraduates, so about 2,000 students per year. Anyone who says they know all 2,000 students in the year is lying.

  33. Fraudulently_Joe

    Politifact rules that Wayne Allen Root's random guesses that there's something scandalous in Obama's college transcript*, based on the fact that he doesn't remember ever meeting Obama**, and which is contradicted by a number of biographical accounts*** as MOSTLY TRUE. Because he really means this completely baseless guessing, deep in his heart.

    *which doesn't record class attendance, btw, because this isn't middle school
    **who was third-year transfer at a fairly sizable university in New York
    ***which interviewed real people, who actually had met Obama during that time.

  34. KeepFnThatChicken

    I love at 1:53, The Asshole™ says:

    "But you're not doubting that he went there, and we're not suggesting any such thing, either.

    <dusts off hands> Legal component of tonight's fake-as-fuck wrestling match taken care of. Goddamn, I hate television.

  35. Fraudulently_Joe

    A while back, I found out that, while I don't remember him at all, I apparently overlapped for one year at Atheist Liberal College with one of our newest Wonkete writers.

    Presumably, this gives me complete license to make up whatever bullshit I want about him, and assert this as fact. That's how this works, right?

    Also, remind me to change my profile pic to a photo of me standing astride a hummer, just because I'm literally that huge of an asshole.

  36. MinAgain

    He's a sitting president. He's been a sitting president for 3 1/2 years. He has a cabinet. He has a record. He has policy initiatives and proposed legislation and executive orders to debate and critique. Why the hell would anyone care about his college transcripts, because, as I've noted before…

    HE'S A SITTING PRESIDENT, GODDAMIT!!!!

  37. usuhname

    oh yeah, clearly this guy is a genius, one of kind. Totally explains why Barry is president, meanwhile he's on wacko news central gibbering on about how popular he was in college to the foil head-ware elite.

  38. Dildeaux

    A "classmate" who took no classes with Barack.

    A "classmate" who does not know Barack.

    A "classmate" who admittedly hasnt one single fact to substantiate his claims.

    fox entertainment: get me that classmate STAT!

  39. ph7

    I didn't hang out with white republicans in college, either. I suspect when I become President, they won't remember me, either.

  40. thefrontpage

    This is what the moron crazy idiotic stupid redneck fringe teaparty far-right Republicans do: lie, lie some more, make things up, make some more things up, act like the lies are true, act like the things that they made up are true, lie and make some things up some more, and then go on out in public and pretend that their lies and made-up crap are somehow true. Good for Wonkette for fact-checking all of the stupid, moronic, wrong, incorrect, inaccurate and just-plain lying bullcrap that this psycho moron idiot spouted out in public. Of course, Obama's college records are out there–no one sane has ever really challenged them, because they are there and real–of course he is a United States citizen, of course his mother was a United States citizen, of course there is no such thing as "exchange students" in college, of course Obama graduated not only from undergraduate college level courses, but he earned a law degree, also, and of course everything this guy Root said is wrong. All the more reason to re-elected Barack Obama and Joe Biden in November, 2012. For sanity's sake.

  41. DahBoner

    THIS IS SUSPICIOUS!

    I mean Columbia is located in a friendly, small town where Everybody knows Everybody.

    What's the town? New York Fucking City…

  42. mr bojangles

    let's get harry reid's take on this…i'm sure he has the columbia file in the box with the romney tax returns.

  43. owhatever

    And naturally Fox and Sean give him national TV time because fair and balanced. Next up is a retired Chick-Fil-A emporium owner in Georgia who can prove that Obama has more than one-sixteenth Negro blood.

  44. fuflans

    if i were columbia i would pay more attention to the alum who was, you know, POTUS, than the alum who was 'wayne root'.

    good name tho.

  45. iburl

    You know who else can be awarded their own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars?

    Almost anybody in Las Vegas with $20,000 according to their craptastical web site.

  46. GeorgiaBurning

    College transcripts show when you missed class? Wow, I'm glad I stayed a few thousand miles away from Columbia.

  47. RadioBowels

    Columbia University should be so proud of this alumni. He built a "business" around a sports gambling (illegal in 49/50 states BTW) scam. In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen

  48. Schmegeg

    Las Vegas walk of Fame? Something rotten in Denmark? Root will give you odds that Barry's uncle killed his father and is now King of Kenya.

  49. Biel_ze_Bubba

    I'd like to know what his "gut instincts" are about what's hiding in Romney's tax returns.

  50. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    You know…I always thought conservatives were considered repellant by libertarians because while they like to couch their ideas in libertarian-speak ultimately they are just douchey authoritarian theocrats, which is how Ayn Rand described them (which was before they became southernized and REALLY obvious about it). The one thing I used to find respectable in most libertarians was their utter contempt for social conservatism…but maybe I'm missing the mark here. Maybe this conman found a kindred spirit in a fellow conman named Willard "Mittens" Romney of Hairgellus and this is why suddenly a universally selfish Libertarian is offering free advice when they don't do freebies…

  51. ChessieNefercat

    I know I'm late to the party, but!
    1) I work in a state university.
    2) I work directly with all of the graduate students in my department.
    3) I have access to all of their records, from application through graduation.
    4) I see transcripts every day from all over the world and from every state in the union.
    5) Not one of them lists birthplace or citizenship.
    6) Again, not one of them lists birthplace or citizenship.
    7) Most federal financial aid is limited to US citizens.
    8) International students can be supported on departmental funds as teaching assistants.
    9) Research funding (grants) may in some cases be limited to US citizens, and in other cases may also be used to support international students.
    10) In any case, the fucking transcripts prove nothing about citizenship or place of birth.
    11) The reason that Wayne never saw and doesn't remember Obama is because Wayne had no friends and was never invited to hang out with the cool kids.

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