Call Me Captain Obvious – What Was Obama’s Columbia Thesis About ?

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US President Barack Obama (front 2nd R).

The Mystery of The Thesis – One of the latest reports on Obama’s missing thesis comes from, wait for it…, MSNBC, in 2008 – surprise. Written his senior year (and only year) at Columbia University, Obama’s thesis was presumably about Soviet nuclear disarmament. It’s only natural to wonder what the budding socialist turned presidential candidate thought of nuclear proliferation in the early 1980s.

“We do not have a copy of the course paper you requested and neither does Columbia University,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told NBC News.

The Obama campaign has been less than forthcoming with details. “Spokesman Ben LaBolt wouldn’t even say whether Sen. Obama threw out his copy or lost it.” At an earlier date, an aide actually told the New Republic the junior senator couldn’t recall what he had written about, but as that editor notes, “who doesn’t remember their senior thesis?” To get the inside scoop, MSNBC contacted the former professor who taught Obama’s senior seminar and who recalls the content of the paper better than Obama himself:

His former professor, Michael Baron, recalled in an interview with NBC News that Obama easily aced the year-long class. Baron described the paper as a “thesis” or “senior thesis” in several interviews, and said that Obama spent a year working on it. Baron recalls that the topic was nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.

“My recollection is that the paper was an analysis of the evolution of the arms reduction negotiations between the Soviet Union and the United States,” Baron said in an e-mail. “At that time, a hot topic in foreign policy circles was finding a way in which each country could safely reduce the large arsenal of nuclear weapons pointed at the other. For U.S. policy makers in both political parties, the aim was not disarmament, but achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a substantial and permanent American advantage. As I remember it, the paper was about those negotiations, their tactics and chances for success. Barack got an A.”

Perhaps all of those conversations from Occidental College with the former CIA operative turned professor came in handy. The professor was, after all, a close collegue of Zbigniew Brzezinski. [You’ll recall: At Occidental, Obama meets a professor of politics who is a CIA expert on the Soviet Union and an associate of Zbigniew Brzezinski] Looks like that association payed dividends.

*Another footnote: in 2009 another Obama writing was discovered by left leaning politico titled “Breaking the War Mentality“. It is a 1983 article attributed to Obama. It’s crap, for the most part. You’ll have to read it and decide for yourself.

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37 Responses to Call Me Captain Obvious – What Was Obama’s Columbia Thesis About ?

  1. nyetneetot says:

    Supposedly “an analysis of the evolution of the arms reduction negotiations between the Soviet Union and the United States”, written completely on ZigiZag rolling papers.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Hmm. I don’t know.

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    • sundance says:

      His former professor, Michael Baron, recalled in an interview with NBC News that Obama easily aced the year-long class. Baron described the paper as a “thesis” or “senior thesis” in several interviews, and said that Obama spent a year working on it. Baron recalls that the topic was nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.

      “My recollection is that the paper was an analysis of the evolution of the arms reduction negotiations between the Soviet Union and the United States,” Baron said in an e-mail. “At that time, a hot topic in foreign policy circles was finding a way in which each country could safely reduce the large arsenal of nuclear weapons pointed at the other. For U.S. policy makers in both political parties, the aim was not disarmament, but achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a substantial and permanent American advantage. As I remember it, the paper was about those negotiations, their tactics and chances for success. Barack got an A.”

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Thanks, Sundance. I really had no idea. And, he may have gotten an A, but I doubt he researched or wrote it.

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      • Aslan's Girl says:

        I’m sure O’s idea was to completely disarm the US and “hope” the USSR would do the same. Of course it got an “A” in a liberal college (liberal AND black? Slam-dunk!).

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      • radish says:

        achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a substantial and permanent American advantage. As I remember it, the paper was about those negotiations, their tactics and chances for success.

        LOL, did Baron in 2014 channel Reagan from 1983, because surely Barack Choom Gang Obama was in a haze hating his father and smoking pot the day he should have handed in a paper. Instead this professor has to plagiarize Star Wars Initiative from Ronald Reagan and one would guess the useful idiots are supposed to run with this and claim it was young Barack’s idea – to save grace from the horrid reality that is Russia’s full frontal invasion of Ukraine a day after Sissy in Chief’s warning.

        I have swampland to sell to the plantation leeches.

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  3. Susan M. says:

    Big Bambu.

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  4. ctdar says:

    Columbia. He could have written thesis (if he did at all) in crayon and as long as it was about disarmament or peace treaty of some kind he would have gotten an A.

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  5. Hello Captain Obvious!!

    Just kidding.

    Seriously, what is unique – within the history of the U.S.’s (somewhat) elected leaders – with O’Narcis-sama is that he is neither entirely cunning nor entirely incompetent. He is incompetent when he should be cunning and cunning when it would be better that he were incompetent.

    It is in this toxic, unprecedented amalgam that the unique nature of the danger he represents expresses itself.

    .

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Actually, when I read “Obama’s son”, I thought of the picture of him lying dead on the ground. I know. Totally improper. (hangs head)

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  6. Stormy says:

    “who doesn’t remember their senior thesis?”
    Someone who did NOT write one.

    I’ll take Barak Obama for $1000, Alex. 😎

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  7. yankeeintx says:

    Just saw this on Facebook 🙂

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  8. Chewbarkah says:

    Professor Michael Baron: “For U.S. policy makers in both political parties, the aim was not disarmament, but achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a substantial and permanent American advantage.”

    Using the professor’s pronouncement as a guide to “A” work in his class, here is the condensed version of Obama’s conclusions: “The US alone has prevented progress in reducing nuclear weapons because capitalist warmongers have their political puppets pursue results that are, in keeping with their grasping bourgeois consciousness, advantageous for their own country. As anti-colonialists and anti-fascists, Soviets, just like Putin today, never pursued anything but fairness and equality, and are incapable of doing otherwise since they are the vanguard of the Oppressed People and want Peace. If the war-mongering imperialist Slavepower in the US would get a clue and unilaterally disarm, and use the saved military spending to repay the Third World what the US has stolen, World Peace would bloom, and the US could join brother socialists in the international Choom Van of Love.” [Using the Dan Rather standard, this synopsis of Obama’s thesis is close enough for journalistic fact.]

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  9. eweturn says:

    Prove he got an A! It will be the only one of his grades released.

    “After my election I have more flexibility.”
    This has always bothered me. Are we to infer, from this senior thesis tale, that Obama is an expert in disarmament?
    I think more BS, more along the “if you like your plan….”

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