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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Obama DisLawyer

A lot was made at different times about the President attending Harvard Law and being Editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.  It was mentioned that he was a Constitutional Law Professor (which is not true but can be parsed later when his Presidential term is long over).  The funny thing is for all of those important elements of his biographical narrative the President cannot practice law, legally.

My old buddy John Long says so.  He is correct.
 I saw a note slide across the #TCOT feed on Twitter last night that mentioned Michelle Obama had no law license. This struck me as odd, since (a) she went to school to be a lawyer, and (b) she just recently held a position with the University of Chicago Hospitals as legal counsel — and that’s a pretty hard job to qualify for without a law license... he “voluntarily surrendered” her license in 1993.  Let me explain what that means.  A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, a license is not really something i need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license.  No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something... when I searched for “Obama”, I found this:
Barack Obama law license
“Voluntarily retired” — what does that mean? Bill Clinton hung onto his law license until he was convicted of making a false statement in the Lewinsky case and had to “Voluntarily Surrender” his license too.
This is the former editor of the Harvard Law Review who doesn’t seem to give a crap about his law license... So we have the first Lawyer President and First Lady — who don’t actually have licenses to practice law.
Neat. Why do we not know more?

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