March 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

University of Chicago: Obama was a 'professor'

The University of Chicago said Friday Obama was considered a professor at the school.
The University of Chicago said Friday Obama was considered a professor at the school.

(CNN) – The University of Chicago said Friday Barack Obama accurately described himself as a onetime law professor at the school, despite the fact his formal title was "Senior Lecturer."

The university's statement comes after the Clinton campaign recently suggested on several occasions that the Illinois senator was embellishing his role at the school by calling himself a professor.

The campaign also sent out a press release quoting a 2004 Chicago Sun-Times column that stated of Obama's professor claim: "Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school. In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles. Details matter."

But in a statement, the university said its senior lecturers are considered professors.

"From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School," the statement said.

"He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track," it also said.

– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Peter Hamby


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. patty,sd,ca

    This woman is such a loser. She is really preparing for 2012. She wants Obama to lose this year, so she can stage a comeback in 4 years.

    March 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Jake

    See, Clinton, unlike you, Obama has real world experience that counts.

    March 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. matthew Brimo

    ooooh burnnn hilllary!!

    March 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Kevin in DC

    The only one doing any embellishing, Hillary, is YOU. And anyone who has been shot at, or signed their life away in defense of this country, should despise you. You make me sick.

    Obama '08

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. kevin

    epic fail by hillary

    she knows a thing or two about embellishment

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Lou

    nice picture to match the text....looks like he is saying..."see, I told you so!"

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Alice in Florida

    Obama SHOULD be questioned on everything he says – he's told so many lies!

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Sam

    Take that Clintonistas!

    Funny that the consistent liar in this campaign is attempting to tarnish the honest one.

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Maddog, Charlotte NC

    Oh...is that egg on your face I smell....can we now focus on the real issues facing America

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    I didn't know about this, every day I respect this man more and more. Usually its the other way around with other politicians.

    March 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. cyp

    If the University considered him a professor, then why didn't they give him the title ?

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. 2008 Hillary! Go

    Yeah.. Mr. Obama is a professor who has been taught by his evil pastor for 20 years!

    Then I really doubt Mr Obama's quality to be a professor. Oh! Right, Maybe he is the professor from Community College!

    No Obama, Forever!

    2008 Hillary

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Dave

    This leaves no doubt. Clinton has turned over her campaign to third-graders. Pretty soon she'll start accusing him of having coodies and making fun of his looks.

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Thomas, LA

    How sad for the country that Hilliary Clinton has nothing positive about herself to run on that she can only try and fail to smear Obama. It really makes one realize what a total lack of substance there is to Hilliary's character and person. I truly don't think Hilliary is fit to hold any office after showing us her true colors. I feel very sad for and hope she will do the right thing now for the country and embrace Obama as the Democratic nominee. She should take some time to reflect on herself and try to find her humanity that she apparently sold away years ago.

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Dylan

    Another despicable act of desperation from the Clinton campaign. This getting oh, so tiring...

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Madison , Mo

    SHAMW on you Hillary... You still looking for negative tricks... You better behave and stop ... You just make people sick. Is this the way you want to be a president just looking in people's life? Go back to economy, healthcare or watch up Bill ...!

    March 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. NO Obama Hillary!

    Sounds like it as HE is Nothing but a Talker! In other words Pure Looser!

    March 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Paulette

    The Clinton campaign is something and tries so hard to play dirty politics. It's really great that the University of Chicago stepped up immediately to say what Obama's role/title was at the Law School. The Clinton campaign looks so silly and really doesn't get it yet. The people of this country would like to have Obama as President and not Clinton!

    March 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Melyn

    Cannot compare that to the clear lie of being under sniper fire. Get a life Clinton camp.

    March 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. ALBO

    POOR CLINTON CAMPAIGN. THEY DO NOT FIND NOTHING BETTER TO INVENT !!

    ALBO

    March 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Madison , Mo

    SHAME on you Hillary… You still looking for negative tricks… You better behave and stop … You just make people sick. Is this the way you want to be a president just looking in people's life? Go back to economy, healthcare or watch up Bill …!

    March 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Tired voter

    Hillary, we understand that you judge everybody by your measures and as a result, expect everybody to embellish his resume with exaggeration or blunt lies like you do (e.g. sniper fire in bosnia, peace in ireland etc.). But, I would like to remind you that not everybody can ignore his conscience, and ethical and moral values.

    Please give up these silly and futile attempts to pull down Obama's popularity, because it's not gonna go down!

    March 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. fred

    LOL, another lie!!!

    GO Hillary!!

    March 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    Thank you. For the love of God this is getting ridiculous. Anything to distract people from the fact that Hillary is lying though her teeth to try to fill out those "35 years of experience"...all they can do is try to on Obama is twist the semantics of anyone within four degrees of seperation from him and it's not working. Maybe people should just consider that perhaps he really is who he says he is. There has been nothing tangible or credible to suggest otherwise. Hillary needs to drop out, unless she really believes John McCain and a continuation of the Bush doctrine of costly blundered invasions and disasterious fiscal policy would be better for the country than an Obama presidency. In that case she's accomplishing her goal. Still, nothing would kill the Dems chances in November more at this point than having the party elite overturn popularly elected delegates and the popular vote and nominate Hillary Clinton.

    March 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Mike Jones

    TOUCHE' , Hillary. Guess that mud slingin topic is dried up. Guess we can always talk about your embellished resume Hillary.

    March 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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