Obama Admirer to Teach ‘Understanding Obama’ Class at Harvard Law School

Caroline May, Daily Caller, April 10, 2012



According to the Harvard Law School course catalog, professor Charles Ogletree will be teaching a reading group called “Understanding Obama“ for one classroom credit during the 2013 spring term.

“This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader,” the Harvard Law School Course Catalog explains. “We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.”

Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was elected the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.

Ogletree was a mentor to both President Obama and Michelle Obama while they were Harvard law students.

In an interview, Ogletree explained to The Daily Caller that the reading group will deal with both the positive and negative issues surrounding Obama and his presidency.

“They’ll be reading both critical and positive issues about Obama—of what’s happened in terms of the way the race and religion have been viewed during his candidacy, his presidency, and how it affects the larger country; and some other classic reading on issues of law and justice,” Ogletree said of the curriculum.


He asserted that none of his personal feelings about the president will be a factor in the class and that there will be no grade, paper requirements or exam requirements.


“Everyone knows professor Ogletree is an uncritical admirer of the president,” one Harvard Law student told TheDC. “To me, this looks like course credit for participating in an Obama fan club.”

Harvard Law School told TheDC that Harvard Law School J.D. students “must complete a minimum of 86 credits in order to graduate.”


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  • dukem1

     there will be no grade, paper requirements or exam requirements



      It must be obvious to every one now that Harvard is nothing more than an Elite diploma mill.  This course is intended to boost grade point averages.  Remember Asians are not killing themselves trying to get into Harvard and that should tell us something.  

      • JJDKII

        I recall how horrified a friend and I were when Harvard started, in 1974 or thereabouts, offering remedial math.

    • JackKrak

      And “graduates” of this class will laugh at my degree from a Florida public university….

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks, and topics about and for blacks, should never, ever be demanding or rigorous.

    Reminds me of the State University of New Jersey.  In 1969 Rutgers opened Livingston College, an undergraduate liberal college dedicated to “urban students”.  The lowest grade a student could receive at Livingston College was a “C”.  Below that you got “no credit”.  It was impossible to fail at Lvingston College, unlike the others divisions of Rutgers (Rutgers College, Douglass College, Agriculure, Engineering and Pharmacy) were you could get a “D” or “F”.  Guess what demographic Livingston was aimed at.  This continued into the early 80s when, despite much protesting, the University made Livingston College issue grades of “D” and “F”.

    Students at the more academic colleges of Rutgers always referred to it as “Living Stoned” College.

    NJ’s first elected Governor would no doubt be pleased that such an institution was named for him.

  • Spring 2013 term?  Maybe Harvard can delay the beginning of the term until January 21.  That way, Obama himself with all his new found free time can teach it.

    • Hirschibold

       “It would be pretty to think so,” as Ernest Hemingway once said.

  • Boereseun

    Harvard Law School told TheDC that Harvard Law School J.D. students
    “must complete a minimum of 86 credits in order to graduate.”

    They mean 85 credits of course.

  • Hirschibold

    Well, now there is a course in “Obamology.” Great, I have already seen an Obama  High-School, an Obama gas station run by African immigrants, and there was an Obama Fried Chicken stand in Harlem before someone cried racism. Brace yourself for a profile on Mt. Rushmore, and for the anointed one’s face to grace a bill (don’t know the denomination). Obama seriously has the greatest cult of personality surrounding him of any figure in the course of human history, including all the dictators and kings who preceded him.

    •  and for the anointed one’s face to grace a bill (don’t know the denomination)

      I would say the $3, but Morris Dees already has it.

    • He should be on the food stamp.

  • Not if they had to give all the names barry sorento husain obongo lived under

  • Detroit_WASP

    I’m thinking of teaching an “Understanding Bozo” class at the community college.

  • What’s most upsetting to me is how many Whites will enroll for this “course”. That’s the REAL problem here folks.
    I sure hope those Whites don’t get physically pummeled in this class (ok, I actually do hope for that) if and when Obama’s would-be-son Trayvon is brought up into the enlightening topics of this obviously-rigorous college course.

  • Theone

    He is the affirmative action token.  He can do whatever he wants, and everyone knows it.  ‘Nuff said.

  • This is a class for the dumb jigs to get 3 credits for doing nothing. Affirmative Action at Harvard Law.


  • crystal evans

    This is ridiculous! Aren’t there more substantial classes that these future lawyers need to take to graduate?