Occidental College

Barack Obama began his undergraduate education at Occidental College, in California on full scholarship in 1979.

Obama writes in "Dreams...," that he saw his mentor, the communist Frank Marshall Davis only a few days before he left for Occidental College. Davis told the young Obama that college was for, "an advanced degree in compromise" and warned Obama not to forget his "people" and not to "start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit."

With those words ringing in his head, Obama entered his freshman year. His roommate was Imad Husain, a Pakistani, who's now a Boston banker. Also, as a freshman, he quickly became friends with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, two wealthy Pakistanis.

Obama had an international circle of friends. "A real eclectic sort of group," said Vinai Thummalapally, who himself came from Hyderabad, India, and who lived with Obama the summer of 1980.

In his first memoir, "Dreams...," Obama included a description of black student life at Occidental College in Los Angeles (click and expand page 98).

"There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

He added: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."

Obama said he and other blacks were careful not to second-guess their own racial identity in front of whites.

"To admit our doubt and confusion to whites, to open up our psyches to general examination by those who had caused so much of the damage in the first place, seemed ludicrous, itself an expression of self-hatred," he wrote.

Obama joined the Students for Economic Democracy (SED), a radical socialist "cousin" organization to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), of which the Weather Underground was an off-shoot. As a matter of fact, Obama's first public speech was at an event sponsored by the Students for Economic Democracy. This fringe group was chaired by the radical Tom Hayden in the late 70's and early '80's.

At Occidental College, Obama plays basketball and continues taking drugs. He becomes friends with Pakistani Muslims Mohammed Hasan Chandoo (perhaps spelled Chandio) and Wahid Hamid, and Indian Vinai Thummalapally. At Occidental College Obama indulges in alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. He becomes interested in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. While at Occidental Obama is mentored by an openly gay professor, Lawrence Goldyn, who has a strong influence on Obama’s acceptance of gays. Fellow student Thummalapally lives with Obama in the summer of 1980. Obama’s freshman year roommate at Occidental is Imad Husain, a Pakistani.

Safely away from his grandparents Obama starts smoking cigarettes while at Occidental College, as many as 10 per day, and continues the habit until an attempt to quit in February of 2007. On the campaign trail in 2008, however, reporters with a keen sense of smell recognize that Obama was still sneaking occasional cigarettes. (Obama’s refusal to release his medical records may arguably relate to his 25-year smoking habit.)

Obama’s friends at Occidental tend to be the more politically active blacks, foreign students, Chicanos, Marxist professors, structural feminists, and punk-rock performance poets. Obama is rebuked on one occasion for calling another black student, who wasn’t "black enough," an "Uncle Tom." One female student criticizes Obama with the remark, "You always think it’s about you."

At Occidental, Obama meets a professor of politics who is a CIA expert on the Soviet Union and an associate of Zbigniew Brzezinski (who would later be the National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter -- and then to Obama).

You will notice that Obama's roommates were foreign students from South Asia. This is a pretty good indicator that Obama was enrolled as a foreign student from that part of the world.

There is an anecdote related in the Maraniss book "Barack Obama: The Story" that embraces a confluence of events and timing that leaves Obama open for immense interrogation, if only there was someone in the media to first recognize it and second able to get it out there for all to see.

Remember the Obama race speech where he referred to grandma "tuts" as a "typical white person" afraid of taking the bus to work because of "black man" who was "in the neighborhood". As Jack Cashill has enumerated, Obama creates generic scenarios as life experiences. There is no doubt that this anecdote was created by Obama but what is notable is that in the Maraniss books Obama has moved this scenario from occurring in "high school" to "between my college years" meaning between freshman and sophomore at Occidental. The end result of the anecdote had Obama "(driving) down to see the aging black poet , Frank Marshall Davis, at his shack in "the jungle" near the Ala Wai Canal, and shared a drink with Davis, and listened as the old man talked about race in America."

So we have Obama in his own words seeking a meeting with Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii at a time when Obama felt "utterly alone" and was looking for understanding. Several pages following this anecdote but preceding it's telling in time, Maraniss writes "When Barry returned to Hawaii for part of the summer of 1980, he staked claim to his old bedroom in Gramps and Tut's Punahou Circle apartment for the last time". Continuing Maraniss writes "at about the time Barry left Oxy for home, a lawyer in Honolulu named William H. Gilardy Jr. filed papers in the Family Court of the First Circuit on behalf of Stanley Ann Soetero seeking a divorce from Lolo Soetero". Documentation evidenced the divorce proceeding began on June 15th, 1980. Which places Barack Obama in Hawaii on or about June 15th, 1980. For those closely following Obama's history this is relevant to a certain document he was required to complete. A somewhat coincidental story follows of one Lisa Jack, she of the infamous "freshman photographs" apparently meeting him in a Honolulu night club, he draped in female apparel but giving her the requisite time of day for a "non babe". Maraniss admits this encounter was "exaggerated", though gives no indication as to when it occurred.

The very next reference to Mr Obama's was as follows, " When he returned to Oxy, the Annex was out of his life. He had talked to Kofi Manu, the Ghanaian, about finding an apartment with him for their sophomore year, but instead moved into a place with his Pakistani friend Hasan Chandoo, now a senior………Vinai Thummalapally, from India, was leaving the apartment for another place, though he would come over often and cook meals there."

The Obama official line is that, Thummalapally came to the United States in 1974 at the age of 19, and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he first met Obama in 1980. They spent the summer as roommates, debating foreign policy and watching Los Angeles Lakers basketball games. Thummalapally lived with Obama the summer of 1980. The two ran together daily, 3 miles in the early morning, often chatting about their dreams. Thummalapally made Indian food for "Barry" -- the name Obama went by at that time -- teaching him how to make daal.

Not only does the NBA not play in the summer, that season the Lakers were NBA champions and the last game was played on May 16th, 1980. According to Vinai's future wife, a fellow Oxy student Barbara Nichols-Roy: "Vinai and I met Barack about a month after we had both met. We were part of the same group, especially during my last year at Oxy's when Vinai and a friend roomed right above Barack and another close friend in an apartment complex near our college". This meeting was undoubtedly as a result of Barack Obama moving in with his new Pakisatani friend Hasan Chandoo, which we now know occurred sometime on his return from Hawaii in the summer of 1980. Since Obama spent his freshman year in the dorms at Oxy, this is evidence that the Thummalapally meeting did not occur until after the end of the 1980 Spring semester. So did Obama spent the summer with Vinai?, he most certainly was not ever his "roommate", nor did he or Barabara ever attend classes with Obama, though as "International Students" they appeared to hang out together, maybe he was Obama's beard, for Husan.Whatever the truth he is now Ambassador to Belize.

Why is all this important? The summer of 1980 was marked by an announcement by then President Jimmy Carter on 2 July, 1980 of the reinstitution of the draft for males 18 an older. Obama's selective services registration dates were between July 28th, 2008 and Aug 4th, 1980. At any post office in the US but required "in person" and with "evidence of identity". Barack Obama's 19th birthday was on Aug 4th, 1980. Occidental college fall semester was to begin on Aug 25th, 1980. Barack moved off campus that summer, met life long friends that summer, discussed major politics of our time that summer, and yet his knowledge of completing his draft registration was "right out of high school in 1979."

Do today's journalist just not care anymore.