By Jon Dougherty
Political commentator and author Wayne Allen Root was a guest of former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka on his “America First” podcast last week, where the two discussed Root’s days attending Columbia University in New York in the early 1980s with Barack Obama.
Root has said before that he “knew everyone” at the small college in those days, but doesn’t ever remember running into Obama or even hearing his name.
In 2017, Root tweeted that he was attending pre-law classes as a political science major — like Obama, supposedly — but that never saw the future president.
Obama was my college classmate. Never met him, saw him, heard of him. Both pre law and Poly Sci majors. I knew everyone. #UNSEALHISRECORDS
— Wayne Allyn Root (@RealWayneRoot) October 29, 2017
In his interview with Gorka, Root elaborated that their graduating class was small for a college — 700 or so students — but Obama was mysteriously not among them.
“According to Obama, he was Class of ’83,” the same as Root, the commentator and author explained. “I knew everyone, Sebastian. I was the big-mouth Jewish Republican, they couldn’t believe it. A pro-American Jewish Republican in a school full of Communists. And they all knew me.”
“I knew everybody, and I never met anyone named Barack Obama. Never saw anyone, never heard of him…I don’t know a single student at Columbia” with that name, “and I knew everyone,” Root insisted.
He also said he didn’t know of any fellow poly sci students who took a class with Obama, either.
“I don’t know what this means, I’ve never said anything to anyone other than the fact to question it,” Root noted.
WAR, as he is known, has long called on the former president to make public his college transcripts, but Obama has never done so.
Indeed, it is a mystery. In May 2012, the Washington Times reported:
When President Obama gave the commencement address last week at the Air Force Academy, he congratulated the cadets for excelling at one of the most demanding schools in the country.
But decades after Mr. Obama completed his own college course work, his academic performance is still a mystery. Before and after his election as president, Mr. Obama has refused to release his college transcripts from his days as an undergraduate and a law school student.
Most presidents’ academic records are made public by the time they reach the highest office in the land, either with their consent or by someone else digging them up.
Not only did Obama refuse to release his records to clear up any doubts not just about his grades but, as Root makes clear, whether or not he even attended classes or Columbia University during the time frame he claims, his administration spent tens of millions of dollars in the final two years of his presidency to keep scores of records hidden from the public that should have been turned over to federal records keepers, per the law.
CBS News reported in March 2017, two months after POTUS Trump’s inauguration:
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.
The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.
Unlike claims made by Obama and his VP, Joe Biden, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, his administration was one of the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in the country’s history — apart from the fact that Obama authorized the Deep State to spy on the Trump campaign.
Watch Root’s interview:
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