In the wake of yesterday’s historic election, your President has reached out to CU alums. Ha, oh no, not that President.

PrezBo has just emailed the alumni listserv in celebration of last night’s victory. “All of us who have graduated from Columbia have special reason for excitement,” he wrote.

Undergrads, of course, have received no such email, as unlike PrezBo and Barack Obama and every member of the alumni listserv, they have not actually graduated and therefore have no “special reason for excitement.”

PrezBo directs the alums to the University’s official press release about the election. In the brief article, PrezBo also gives a gracious shoutout to McCain, who is “part of the Columbia family,” via his daughter, erstwhile blogger Meghan McCain, CC ’07.

Full secret alumni-only PrezBo communique after the jump.

From: President Lee C. Bollinger <>

Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Subject: President-elect Obama ’83CC

To: Columbia University Alumni <[redacted]>

Dear Columbian,

Yesterday’s election was historic, of course, and all of us who have graduated from Columbia have special reason for excitement. We note with pride that Barack Obama ’83CC will be not only the first African-American but also the first Columbia degree-holder to occupy the Oval Office.

At Columbia we think continually about our role in helping to prepare remarkable men and women for leadership. With one alumnus, David Paterson ’78CC, now serving as Governor of New York and another elected to the nation’s highest office, we are reminded of the University’s core commitment to public service and its tradition of producing outstanding leaders for our nation and our world.

You can read more about President-elect Barack Obama and Columbia in this Columbia news announcement. Whatever our political inclination, we can all take pride in having a Columbian in the White House.

All the best,

Lee C. Bollinger ’71LAW


Columbia University