A few days ago, I posited that Obama might have come up with the faux Kenyan identity because, in 1979, when he was graduating from high school, the Supreme Court’s 1978 decision Regents of the University of California v. Bakke had done away with affirmative action. (Universities eventually developed workarounds, but those didn’t exist in 1979.)
I didn’t get a mention or a link, but I think this paragraph, in a Breitbart expose about Obama’s probable low SAT scores, shows that my theory is gaining traction — namely, that Bakke somehow mattered:
It is possible that Obama benefited from Columbia’s affirmative action program, which the university had recently defended in an amicus curie brief to the Supreme Court in the celebrated Bakke case (1977). Columbia joined several other elite universities in defending the use of race as a factor in college admissions. The brief had argued that “minority status must be considered independently of economic or cultural deprivation.”
Given that 1981 turned out to be a relatively easy year to enter Columbia as a transfer student, and the fact that Obama was applying as a transfer student from a private college in California, as well as a minority student, Obama likely would have stood out among applicants, regardless of his scores and grades.
I don’t agree with the above statement, by the way, which is that Obama benefited from affirmative action. I think Obama’s problem in 1978/1979 was that he couldn’t benefit from affirmative action, despite being a self-confessed slacker. He needed to come up with another hustle, and I’m willing to bet that it was a Kenyan identity — which is the reason his transcripts are hidden.
I mean, think about it: Obama has already confessed that he was a drug-user and a slacker, so no one could reasonably expect him to have decent grades. Transcripts with low grades could be explained away, especially Obama he matured and proved his brilliance later.
Transcripts stating that Obama was a foreign student, however, are impossible to explain away. And since I believe Barry was born in Hawaii, why would the transcripts say he was foreign-born (assuming, of course, that they do)? Self-identifying as a foreign national makes sense only if it was to Obama’s advantage to state that kind of lie — and the only advantage would be easier college admission. Further, the only reason in an affirmative action world that a black guy would need an admission advantage is if he was getting into college during that very small historical window when, thanks to Bakke, affirmative action wasn’t available.