Alums in the News: Political Relevance Edition

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This week’s Newsweek cover story is a piece on Barack Obama, CC ’83. Usually reticent to discuss his years at Alma Mater, Obama talks about his reasoning for transferring from Occidental College to Columbia, “By the end of that year at Occidental, I think I was starting to work it through, and I think part of the attraction of transferring was, it’s hard to remake yourself around people who have known you for a long time.”

The article also offers up positively juicy details on Obama’s life as a CCer: “He stopped drinking and partying, leading what he calls ‘a hermetic existence’ for two years. ‘When I look back on it, it was a pretty grim and humorless time that I went through.'”

Also featured prominently in the news this week is young Meghan McCain, fresh off a oddly discomforting GQ write-up. McCain, CC, ’07, is the subject of a long, equally odd Washington Post profile in which a fellow McCain Blogette writer calls her “really articulate.” That comment is followed mere paragraphs later by McCain’s admission that her dad’s campaign bus is “pimped out” and her concerns that”The blog is trying to keep it real, and trying to show how it really is, and I look like crap!”

And finally, The Blue and White’s very own former editor-in-chief and current Politico reporter Avi Zenilman, CC ’07, was mentioned in David Brooks’ latest New York Times Op-Ed.

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  1. avi zenilman  

    bumble bumble bumble idiot bumble

  2. i'm glad  

    obama was miserable here

  3. yesman  

    I agree with --^. It's good to know that Obama's experience was kind of like my own. Not that I hate Columbia but it seems to have a mollifying effect on some people, including me.

  4. Anonymous  

    I believe you're confusing Columbia with New York.

    New York crushes souls.

  5. Descartes  

    Good sir! The soul has no extension and thus cannot be crushed!

  6. ...  

    the question remains. did he transfer straight into CC or did he do a year in SEAS or GS first? he had mentioned a
    "transfer program" that he applied to. these days, afaik, the only transfer program that columbia has in place with occidental is the 3-2 engineering program. alternatively, he may have done gs for a year.

    • Yes.

      He was in SEAS for a year. He was planning on a major in Operations Research with a concentration in Computer Science before his acceptance letter from CC arrived.

      • okay um  

        I'd really like to know where you are getting your information from because I have never heard that before and I'm pretty sure that is just not true. Also most of this article is old news and takes alot of quotations directly from his book, especially the Columbia stuff. I'm pretty sure most of that come from the book.

  7. no..  

    Occidental and Columbia apparently had a transfer program where sophomores at Occidental could apply to Columbia. I'm not sure if that still exists or any details but he definitely transfered straight into CC.

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  9. Eeyyugh  

    It's obvious he had a shitty time here and doesn't want to talk about it. I say we stop bothering him.

    Maybe if he actually liked Columbia he'd say some nice things about us.

  10. see  

    i feel like my reaction to queries about my time at columbia will be about as enthusiastic as obama's. "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" kind of deal. it's a sad thing, what this school does to us.

  11. Perhaps  

    the problem is with you and your whining, not the student body at large. This school is what you make of it. If it sucks for you, that's probably your fault.

  12. probably  

    people who sit on computers making comments to bwog are disproportionately miserable.
    i love columbia and i'm thankful for the chance to go here; i think most people feel this way.

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