Columbia College

In 1981, in search of a community to belong to, Obama transfered from Occidental to that prestigious university on the edge of Harlem -- Columbia -- where he majored in political science. As reported by The New York Sun: "A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly, confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with a major in political science. "He did not receive honors."

Obama says he was somewhat involved with the Black Students Organization, "which was concerned with the affairs of black students and issues of the greater black community," and participated in anti-apartheid activities. "Mostly, my years at Columbia were an intense period of study," he says. "When I transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious. I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk."

Obama says it is difficult to separate his college experience at Columbia from the urban experience of living in New York City, and his memoir offers little about his time on campus. He went to African cultural fairs in Brooklyn and to the Marxist-Socialist conferences at Cooper Union. The guest speakers at these conferences were a "who's who" of the Communist Party USA, its offshoot, the Committees of Correspondence and the Maoists, Trotsyists, black radicals, gay activists and radical feminists from academia.

During the 2008 campaign, the Obama campaign declined to discuss Obama's time at Columbia and his friendships in general. It wouldn't, for example, release his college transcripts -- Occidental or Columbia -- or name his friends.

Now, the above stuff comes from Columbia and Obama's 2008 campaign people, but when Obama's professors and classmates were asked about him, the common answer was "who?"

Wayne Allyn Root says, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me. I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia. Ever! ... Nobody recalls him. I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding."

Questioner: Were you the exact same class?

Root: Class of '83 political science, pre-law Columbia. You don't get more exact than that. Never met him in my life, don't know anyone who ever met him. At the class reunion, our 20th reunion five years ago, 20th reunion, who was asked to be the speaker of the class? Me. No one ever heard of Barack! Who was he, and five years ago, nobody even knew who he was... the guy who writes the class notes, who's kind of the, as we say in New York, the macha who knows everybody, has yet to find a person, a human who ever met him. Is that not strange? It's very strange...

When asked about his undergraduate training at Columbia University, The New Times reported that Obama "declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years."

Many of his classmates don't remember Obama. He's not in the yearbook. Columbia couldn't find a picture of him at the school.

Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him.