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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  February 13, 2008
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Who's Behind Barack?

Who IS behind Barack?

And will we find out who is behind Barack in time, or will Barack and his backer(s) beat the clock and become America's first affirmative action president as well as Harvard Law Review's first affirmative action/political correctness president?

We know who's behind Hillary.

That's Bill.

We knew who was behind George W. Bush.

That was George H.W. Bush.

But who's behind Barack Hussein Obama?

He was not born into a wealthy or a "political" family.

His parents are dead.

His (black) father left home when Barack was two and his (white) mother's ashes are in Hawaii.

Is it Barack's paternal grandmother (a Kenyan Muslim still living in Kenya)?

I don't think so.

Pray to God that it's NOT Barack's pastor!

Is it one or both of two Massachusetts-based failed Democrat presidential aspirants--Ted Kennedy and John Kerry?

They couldn't be elected president themselves, so they could use a young front man without their pareticular political baggage.

By the time Super Duper Tuesday came, both of those Dem super delegates had publicly endorsed him and Ted was trying hard to convince Hispanic voters to turn on the Clintons like black votes had when Barack finally was perceived as a viable candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination.

Truth be told, Barack is running nearly unanimously (90%) among blacks and very strong among Democrat voters under 40, by promising change, dissing experience and avoiding details (except, for example, for his support for driver's licenses for persons illegally here).

A rookie United States Senator who started running for president a year or so into his undistinguished term, Barack is a liberal media darling and a political rock star, heavy on charisma and light on common sense (example: his explanation to New Hampshire high school students that he used cocaine

Alas, the media has not been asking, "Where's the beef?".

For Barack, that's been a great relief.

If people look and listen closely and think, his glee should quickly turn to grief.

One of Barack's much trumpeted accomplishments is having been elected a President of the Harvard Law Review while he was at Harvard Law School.

Just as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth went public on John Kerry during his presidential run, some folks who served with Barack on the Harvard Law Review may complicate life for Barack by pointing out that there was something fishy about Barack's election as a Harvard Law Review president.

Professor Matthew J. Franck, Bench Memo titled "Re: Obama the Titan, or the Cipher," National Review Online, February 12, 2008: "In my thoughts...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."

It sure is!

It suggests to me that Barack was elected president of the Harvard Law Review for "purely" political purposes, as an affirmative action/political correctness candidate, not for the usual reason: recognition of great research and writing manifested in work proudly published in the law review.

As an editor of the St. John's Law Review who was selected in one year and helped select the next, I fully concur with professor Franck that the selection of anyone to be editor, much less editor-in-chief (whom the Harvard Law Review calls president) is unusual.

It's highly unusual.

In a prior Bench Memo ("Obama the Titan, or the Cipher?), Professor Franck had strongly (and a bit sdarcastically) rebutted the hype about Barack as "constitutional law professor" and "so very knowledgeable about legal and constitutional matters that he can personally take charge of judicial appointments and legal policy questions and won't have to 'outsource' his thinking on such matters.

Professor Franck:

"Let's not get carried away.... According to Obama's biographical entry in Michael Barone's Almanac of American Politics, Obama had the status of 'lecturer' at the University of Chicago Law School from 1993 until his election as a U.S. senator in 2004. But in 1996 he was elected to the Illinois legislature, and from all appearances on the U. of C. law school's website (which now lists Obama as a 'senior lecturer' on leave), the status of 'lecturer' is like an adjunct or part-time appointment. He was never, as Bazelon describes him, a 'professor' of constitutional law, though con law is often said to have been the subject he taught.

"And what has Obama published on constitutional law or any other legal topic? Although he was president of the Harvard Law Review as a student, in which capacity he no doubt wrote some unsigned notes, a search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at any time. This is yet more indication that his status as 'lecturer' at Chicago was not a regular faculty appointment, since regular full-time faculty are expected to produce scholarship.

"Let me say that again. There appears to be not one single article, published talk, book review, or comment of any kind, anywhere in the professional legal literature, under Barack Obama's name, notwithstanding an apparent eleven-year teaching career in constitutional law at a top-flight law school.

"But he is a titan of constitutional thought—nay, a super-titan, towering over the titanic Sunsteins and Tribes of the world. We will just have to take the word of Emily Bazelon and Obama's in-house fan club for that."

Professor Franck subsequently learned that apparently he had mistakenly assumed that Barack had written some student notes while on the Harvard Law Review when he reportedly wrote none, but that discovery only buttressed his main point: that Barack is not what people naturally assume him to be.

Who IS behind Barack?

And will we find out who is behind Barack in time, or will Barack and his backer(s) beat the clock and become America's first affirmative action president as well as Harvard Law Review's first affirmative action/political correctness president?

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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