posted on Apr, 5 2010 @ 09:52 PM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
So, this thread is about Obama being called a professor or not? Yeah, I remember posting about that a couple years ago. Yeah, here's a thread:
Here's what the school where he taught has to say:
From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He
was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the
Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title
of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public
service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the
faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.
Everything else in that source is just one person's word that he heard from someone else.
I can't believe the examiner is using a blog that sourced another blog that sourced the first blog. Now, that's FUNNY!
For once Heretic I agree with you on an Obama issue. Even if the law school did not consider him a professor, the dictionary
pro·fes·sor /prəˈfɛsər/ Show Spelled[pruh-fes-er] Show IPA
1. a teacher of the highest academic rank in a college or university, who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning; a
full professor: a professor of Spanish literature.
2. any teacher who has the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor.
3. a teacher.
4. an instructor in some art or skilled sport: a professor of singing; a professor of boxing.
5. a person who professes his or her sentiments, beliefs, etc.
And of course the dictionary gets its information by determining how people are actually using the word in real life. So there you go. By definitions
1 & 2 Obama was not a professor. By definitions 3, 4, and 5 Obama was a professor. When I was in college I'd consider any and all of my teachers to
be professors whether or not they were officially ordained by the mystical forces of a college board. Who honestly gives a damn what these people want
to title each other?
The article cited complains about people being created equal being the Declaration of Independence rather than the US Constitution. While it does not
use the phrase "created equal", equality is in fact a part of the constitution (see 14th amendment) and therefore its fair to say that it is an
unjustified attack on Obama.
While I won't dispute that Obama lies quite a lot, I don't see a problem with his resume. And of course he wanted the title to further his
reputation just like a very large fraction of all teachers who become teachers at least in part due to the increased social status it gives them.
Therefore if he nabbed the position using connections... good for him and welcome to reality land where connections are important and if you are smart
you use them and don't apologize for it. Last time I checked it was not a crime or even a moral wrong to get a friend in a high position to help you
find a job.