The WSJ runs a piece on the gaping hole in the Obama life story - whatever did he do at Columbia?
The Columbia years are a hole in the sprawling Obama hagiography. In his two published memoirs, the 47-year-old Democratic nominee barely mentions his experience there. He refuses to answer questions about Columbia and New York -- which, in this media age, serves only to raise more of them. Why not release his Columbia transcript? Why has his senior essay gone missing?
I have read that Obama's photo is not in his 1983 graduating yearbook. However, if an enterprising JOM reader had access to a Columbia yearbook from 1982 or 1983, it would be worth paging through to see whether Obama is listed in any interesting clubs or activities.
SIDEBAR: Back in April Jim Lindgren of the Volokh Conspiracy looked at the links between Ibama and Ayers that were known at the time and made this cryptic comment about Ayers, Obama, and the Woods Fund of Chicago:
The Woods Fund was created to focus on children by Kelm and staff director Jean Rudd (who probably coincidentally has the same last name as former Weather Underground fugitive Mark Rudd).
Hmm - since Mark Rudd went to Columbia and was close to Bill Ayers from their Weather days, that would be an interesting connection. However, per Mark Rudd's auto-biography, he never married a Jean nor lived in Chicago. However, that does not rule out the possibility that Mark and Jean are cousins or in-laws of some type (FWIW, Mark Rudd was born in 1947 and has a brother who is eight years older and a retired attorney).
Jean Rudd gets a mention in this TNR piece.