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Re: Obama the Titan, or the Cipher


In my thoughts below on the titanic constitutional-law career of Barack Obama, I presumed that in his time as president of the student-edited Harvard Law Review, he’d have published some unsigned notes, which for that reason don’t show up in database records as authored by him.  Now I hear from a well-placed source that Obama is remembered by his contemporaries as having written nothing at all for the HLR during his time working on its student editorial staff.  That is . . . unusual.

I’m also told there’s a chapter’s worth of mediocre stuff on the Constitution in The Audacity of Hope.  I am prepared to believe that, but I haven’t read it.


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