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. tom pappas

    right on!
    hillary is venomous.
    focus on mcbush, mr Obama
    ignore the rattler and it cant hurt you

    March 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Gotcha!

    More egg on the Clinton camp's collective face!

    March 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Right on Day1

    There is a prevailing feeling now that anything that comes from the Clinton campaign is less that an honest statement or has been spun so many times it could sustain it's own orbit.

    March 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. jeremy

    Hillary might have been ducking sniper fire as she made these alligations.

    March 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Micheal

    Another attempt at distraction from the Clinton camp lampooned by people that no better...

    March 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Rhonda

    Good grief she looks more desperate every day!

    March 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Jim

    A lecturer then, and still....nothing more.

    March 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. mimi de la cruz

    HE WAS A PROFESSOR AND HE WILL BE A PRESIDENT.

    WARHILLIE CAN ALWAYS BRAG ABOUT HER DISTINGUISHED

    MILITARY SERVICE IN BOSNIA. SHE IS COMPLETELY

    DISCONNECTED FROM REALITY.

    March 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Rick

    Obama was a professor and Hillary got all her experience as a FISH SLIMER. Who would you rather have running your country, one who educates or one who always smells fishy?

    March 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Sallie Mae

    Hillary is making me sick with her disgusting snipes! Details do matter–like the one about her being under sniper fire being a bold-faced lie!

    March 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. go blue

    Shows how desperate Hillary Clinton has become...

    Just like her comment about his kindergarten "essay." How could a kindergarten student write an essay?

    Now she wants to fight on till the bitter end at the convention in August- three months after the last primary!

    March 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Yetty

    Take that "Snarky Clinton Campaign" !

    March 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Ed

    When Barack puts his nose up like this picture. Is that his white side or his black side?

    March 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. RuthieM

    So THERE Clinton campaign, take that to your stocking and stuff it!!! Go Obama!!!

    March 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. dave

    . The poster is misleeding. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors

    March 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Karma S.

    Wow.. Slam Dunk..This is so silly for them to bring about statements without validating them first...I am glad the Law School came forth to clear up this mess. Hill, because you have been called out on your lies, don't go trying to dig up things you "THINK" may be untrue. So not necessary! Like Mr. Dean said, at this point we need to focus on gas prices, the economy and healthcare..Not silly details such as this. Too much wasted energy.

    March 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. JC

    Ha! That's what Hillary gets. Who looks like the fool now Hillary?

    Not everyone is such a liar as Hillary.

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. norisha

    The Clinton camp must feel pretty silly....oh I'm sorry, I forgot it was silly season!!! Someone didn't research all the details! Nice try though! Hillary is the only LIAR!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. blair

    Being considered a professor does not make one a professor.

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Liyah

    Booyaka......In your faces....hahaha...what because he is black he cant possibly have been a professor!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. amanda

    What has this got to do with anything except the Clinton camp is making much ado about nothing? ls this their way of excusing Hillary for lying about her tea trip to Bosnia or lreland? Obama is a fine American and an extra-ordinary leader that we need at this time.

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. agree

    Get off his nutz! What is important is our country. Our children, neighborhoods, economy, education and sharing the wealth that The Bush family and republicans are storing up for the winter!!!!!!! called oil.

    Stop bumping heads with each other and fight the real liars, crooks, and arrogant republicans.

    Look up the word united then add that to our numbers and LET'S FIGHT FOR THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Vivian Losser

    Obama wants to be know for his judgment, although that caption has disappeared from the podium of his recent speeches. The "obama-girl" launched him to rock-star status, which he probably enjoys but does that qualify her as a poltical pundit telling Hillary to withdraw? Where is his judgment ? The fires flame. The longer this campaign goes the more he will be burned.

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. ray

    must have taught fiction

    March 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Dena

    Now...about that "sniper fire", brokering peace in Ireland, tax returns, library contributions, Paul trial, etc.

    March 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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