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Obama Practiced In The Classroom

Obama honed and polished his skills in the college classroom where he taught, but even there he never took a position on issues:

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MM, I find this peculiar. Most of the Academics I have dealt with are more than happy to share their positions on a variety of topics. Honestly my take on it is that given his background and the environment he grew up with coupled with his struggle with racial diversity and identity had left him (especially during those years) as unsure of how he should express himself and hesitant to share his views fearing they may not be favorable to the group at hand. Hence his appearing wobbly on a lot of topics. But the ability to leave others rather unsure of your position is an inherent trait of politicos to begin with!
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How many college teachers have you heard of that refused tenure, not just once but repeatedly? And didn't publish? The rule in college is "
publish or die."

It certainly is strange, to say the least. As for all his "confusion", I'm beginning to think that is all a massive smoke screen to excuse radical behavior patterns. He is not, by any means, the only black man to come from a mixed marraige, and the family money should have cushioned the blow quite nicely.
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Agreed, refusing tenure is very odd. And not publishing is akin to academic suicide. The article kind of reads as if he was an academic pariah among his peers, doesn't it?
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