The Big O, not as a professor, but on the campaign trail.
Today we watched a CNBC video interview with the University of Chicago’s Douglas Baird. The Rhapsody in Books blog pointed it out to us as a way to find out more about what Barack Obama was like as a law professor.
So this dude got his hooks into Obama way back when Obama was insisting he wasn't interested in teaching but was planning to write a book about voting rights. Baird says in the interview that he figured that if Obama ever did want to teach, he'd already be there. Possession, he said, is nine-tenths of the law. So he seduced Obama with the irresistible perk of a free office.
Turns out, by the way, that Obama’s book would be not so much about voters’ rights — the book metamorphosed into an autobiography. But in the end, Obama did teach, and he wrote books and now he’s gonna be president of the United States. So everyone wins.
So click the video, law deans looking to improve your ability to lure talent, and J.D.s who feel directionless and uncertain and want to be cheered up by how much an equally wishy-washy young Obama got his act together.
— Pam Smith