Regarding the New York Times story today on the matter, a law-professor acquaintance of mine writes:
So, the University of Chicago offered to give Obama tenure after he had taught there for several years without producing any scholarship. It would be interesting if someone from the press were to interrogate Chicago’s faculty and dean about this. How often do they tenure someone without scholarship? Why was it done in this case? Was there any dissent on this supposedly ‘conservative’ faculty? Etc.
Inquiring minds want to know.