Obama "Scandal" Is At Columbia (Claims "Gut Instinct" Of Right-Wing Vegas Oddsmaker)
Of all the far-right-wing bullshit "journalism" that litters the Interwebs, we've tracked down one of the bull-shitiest -- a Vegas oddsmaker who claims that the most scandalous conspiracy regarding President Barack Obama can be found at Columbia University.
Admittedly, he doesn't know exactly what this scandal entails, and his theory is based on nothing more than his "gut instinct," but the scandal exists -- again, according to nothing more than his (ahem) flawless intuition.
The piece was written by Wayne Allyn Root, a self-described Vegas "prognosticator" who graduated from Columbia with Obama in 1983. He's also a syndicated far-right-wing radio host who ran as the vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian ticket in 2008.
Root's piece is in response to Nevada Senator Harry Reid's baseless claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in over a decade. Root argues that Romney should call Reid's bluff and request that Obama release his college transcripts because he has a "big skeleton in his closet."
Again, this is based on nothing more than Root's "gut instinct," which he claims is how he's "made my living for 29 years."
From Root's rant:
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?
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.
Root claims that he believes (again, based on nothing) that if Obama were to release his transcripts from Columbia, the following would be revealed:
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.
And what respectable news outlet would allow the baseless, nonsensical ramblings of a Vegas oddsmaker to see the light of day? The Blaze, of course, which is owned by none other than former Fox News crybaby/bible-beating conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck -- and is about as credible a news source as The Onion.
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