You may recall that Pastor James David Manning has been spinning all sorts of theories about Barack Obama in his college years working for the CIA giving weapons to the Taliban (which didn’t even exist at the time). Those stories are supplemented by claims that no one at Columbia College remembers Obama. Add to that the millions that Obama has supposedly spent to keep all his records sealed. Obama’s two-year tenure at Columbia is reported from several sources including:
But the story just won’t come to rest. Enter Orly Taitz, intrepid reporter of stuff from databases. She has obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse web site a database query that says Barack Obama was only at Columbia College for 9 months, 9/1/1982-5/31/1983, rather than 2 years. So was Obama off becoming a Muslim in Pakistan or some such nefarious thing?
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Of course rules don’t apply to Dr. Taitz, as we have seen numerous times before. The National Student Clearing House is a subscription web service, so I can’t check it myself. Most likely the information provided is incomplete. If it is a mistake, it will no doubt be corrected in short order, and reported by the birthers as being “scrubbed.” In fact our illustrious Mario Apuzzo is claiming that the FactCheck.org article (cited above) will be scrubbed shortly.
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I claim a fair use exception to the copyright in this citation.
Commenter Expelliarmus adds:
The clearinghouse provides different types of reports –” one is “degree verification”, which is what Orly ordered, and the other is “dates of attendance for someone who has not received a degree”. A dates of attendance report looks like this:
You’ll note that each term of attendance appears on a separate line of the chart.
Here’s more information on how you find that:
If you look at the screenshot that Orly provided, you will see that there are two tabs– one for “abbreviated view” and one for “expanded view”. She has posted the abbreviated view. It is possible that there is a table showing all dates of attendance under the “expanded view” that she didn’t show us. But the main point is that she didn’t order a dates of attendance report –” she only ordered a degree verification report.
Since this service is provided for employers, once someone has earned a degree, the dates of attendance become irrelevant –” so there is no particular reason that a detailed report of all terms would be included within the degree verification report.
From the instructions, I don’t know if is possible to order a “dates of attendance” report for someone who has earned a degree… but in any case, we know from the screenshot that Orly posted that she ordered only the “degree verification”