Famed Harvard Law Prof Laurence Tribe gives Obama a boost:
“I can’t pretend that I had any idea then that he would be a serious presidential candidate — that would have been a crazy thing for anyone to project at that stage of a career — but he was certainly the most all-around impressive student I had seen in decades,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional scholar at Harvard for whom Obama served as a research assistant.
That’s my emphasis — but does that quote really need it? Wow. Now, it may well be that Tribe indeed likes Obama a lot and liked him then, but his effusiveness may still be calculated post facto to help his old protégé. Maybe. And maybe Obama’s really that good.
And here’s another HLS prof, Charles Ogletree:
Charles Ogletree — a professor who has served as a mentor to countless black students at Harvard Law, including Obama — said, “He was really a moderating influence on the campus by being mature, very much open to a variety of perspectives, but trusted by everyone to reach the right conclusions without some strong ideological link.”
Maybe that’s what the bloggers don’t like about him. Hah.
Seriously, I’m starting to like our field a lot. Still waiting for one more entry, though …