Alumni Corner in the Oval Office
Obama during his years at Columbia
A Columbia College alum has just been elected President of the United States.
It's an historic moment for America and our school.
Barack Obama '83 becomes the first Ivy undergrad not from Harvard, Yale or Princeton to become president, (although he did graduate from Harvard Law). Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt were Columbia Law students, although I believe TR never graduated.
Most importantly, this could help sports recruiting.
Okay, I'm not that shallow. To prove it, I will admit here that I did not support Mr. Obama's campaign nor vote for him.
But on the bright side, does a President Obama give our recruiters a little gravitas?
I think it actually does, despite Obama's apparent lukewarm feelings about CU.
It's a calling card, and in the more rural areas of this country where football still is a religion, just having more coaches and parents who know the name of your college helps.
On the other hand, how would you like to be one of the folks at Occidental College? What's their new advertising slogan?
"Come to Occidental! The Best Place to Start Before You Get Serious Somewhere Else!"
Not very catchy.