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Great news: Harvard Law to offer course on “Understanding Obama”

posted at 8:40 am on April 12, 2012 by

Via the Daily Caller, we get yet another glimpse of academia’s total lack of self-awareness and penchant for self-parody.  Those looking to engage in Barack Obama’s cult of personality now have a useful primer:

According to the Harvard Law School course catalog, professor Charles Ogletree will be teaching a reading group called “Understanding Obama” for one classroom credit during the 2013 spring term.

If the name rings a bell, you’ll recall that Ogletree bragged about hiding the “radical hug” video during the 2008 campaign, so as not to harm Obama’s chances.  Here’s what Harvard will deliver for those who should choose to shell out the +/- $1,700 admission and engage the Barack Obama Experience (insert obvious Marbury v. Madison and higher education reform jokes here):

This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader. We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as President of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.

So, basically, this is CRT within CRT.  Everything I needed to know about how Obama would govern, and conduct policy, I learned here.  Now, excuse me while I listen to Living Colour, without a hint of irony or sarcasm.  I almost want to feel for the parents that shell out $47K/yr so their kids can engage in Obama worship…but at this point, they should know better.  Buyer beware, right? 

Exit question:  Should he find himself available, will Obama himself guest-lecture this course?  C’mon, Law Professor…you know you want to.

And now, meet Harvard Law’s Class of 2027.

 

A Spanish-language version of this post is available at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail). 

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Shouldn’t this course be offered instead by the clinical psychology department?

jwolf on April 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

What silly and pretentious crap.
The ASSumption is that Obama is such an unbelievably unique and in possession of a one of a kind mind, that everyday people are simply unable to understand the ascended mind of such a “Lightworker”, and need to be reeducated in order to appreciate the new way of the world.

Idiocy.
Dunning- Kruger effect.

Mimzey on April 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I am happy to report I didn’t waste any money by going to an educational institution like Harvard. Although once a great institution, it has made itself irrelevant with the courses it now teaches. Not satisfied with the “Critical Race Theory” espoused in the 1990′s, we now have course offerings like “Understanding Obama.” I can only assume “Beginning Basketweaving” would teach me something more useful, plus I would gain terrific insight into the political insights of other basket weavers.

And to think there were folks who accused me of disliking arts and crafts?

Turtle317 on April 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Great news: Harvard Law to offer course on “Understanding Obama”

A.K.A. “Marxism and the Law in America.”

ebrown2 on April 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Shouldn’t this course be offered instead by the clinical psychology department?

jwolf on April 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Forensic psychiatry.

mr.blacksheep on April 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Alternative course synopsis: “This reading group will focus on the way in which incompetency, hostility to Judeo-Christianity and partisan politics have reinforced the development of President Obama’s narcissistic delusion that he is a leader. We will explore his views as a biracial child who doesn’t consider himself biracial unless it is politically expedient, his time as a student at Harvard Law School (but not his grades), the machinations of Chicago politics that allowed him to be elected sans any qualifications for any of the offices he has held, and the way the bizarre, ugly racism of his pastor Jeremiah Wright and Wright’s hatred of white people should have, but weirdly did not, derail Obama’s campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as President of the United States with the remainder of the course focusing on how he has failed to address virtually all of them through his spendthrift domestic policies and his appallingly naive foreign policy.”

natasha333 on April 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Subtitle: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder of our time …

ShainS on April 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You stupid peons obviously don’t understand the Great Man, so this class is necessary to educate you. /

squint on April 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Jorge, fwiw, I wrote about Ogletree a few years ago when I still kept an active blog. A summary:

He wrote a white paper arguing for reparations; he defended Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas Confirmations witch hunt, but has the gall to complain about diversity on the Supreme Court; he’s spoke at an event where Louis Farrakhan was the keynote speaker; He’s a good buddy of and Henry Louis “Beer Summit” Gates; And yes, he peddles the ridiculous argument that Obama rose out of “poverty and despair”.

Buy Danish on April 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The entire course couldn’t take more than about 5 minutes – including taking attendance. He’s a liar, a cheat, a race-baiter, a hypocrit, and he has no real experience other than community agitating. Class dismissed.

dentarthurdent on April 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Harvard Law having given up on teaching “Understandng the Constitution” back in Obama’s day.

talkingpoints on April 13, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Harvard Law having given up on teaching “Understandng the Constitution” back in Obama’s day.

talkingpoints on April 13, 2012 at 3:30 AM

You kinda have to understand the Constitution to teach that class. There’s their problem.

squint on April 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM