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A comparison between the accomplishments of Barack Obama and Andrew Schlafly

While superficially there appear to be no two people more different than Barack Obama and Andrew Schlafly, they have led strangely parallel lives. They attended Harvard Law School at the same time, and both graduated with honours. They both had aspirations for an academic career lecturing on law, before turning their respective attentions to a run for elected office. But somehow now, as of March 2009, one is President of the United States, while the other is an underachiever in a church basement teaching homeschooling students that humour did not exist before Jesus - but afterwards catapults and battering rams were used in battle for lulz.

A. Schlafly

Barack Hussein Obama II

Andrew Layton Schlafly

Early Life[edit]

  • Born 1961 in Hawaii
  • Father: Barack Hussein Obama
Immigrant from Kenya
  • Born 1961 in the St. Louis area
  • Father: John Fred Schlafly
Came from a well-to-do St. Louis family.
John Schlafly's father August Schlafly married Catharine Hubert whose father was a successful businessman, the source of the family's wealth
  • Mother: Ann Dunham
  • Mother: Phyllis Schlafly (née Phyllis McAlpin Stewart), conservative writer and activist

Academic Record[edit]

  • B.A., Columbia University, 1983
  • J.D., Harvard, 1991, magna cum laude
  • Lecturer of Law, University of Chicago, 1992-1996
  • Senior Lecturer of Law, University of Chicago, 1996-2004
  • BSE[1] (Electrical Engineering), Princeton, 1981
  • J.D., Harvard, 1991, magna cum laude [2]
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall Law School, 2 semesters
  • First black President[3] of Harvard Law Review[4][5] Editor in Chief
  • An editor of Harvard Law Review[5][6]

Work Career[edit]

  • Sidley Austin LLP
Multinational law firm frequently listed as one of America's top-10 firms for litigation, and all-around practice area excellence
Summer Associate (year unknown)
  • Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland
A twelve-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development
Associate 1993 to 1996
Counsel 1996 to 2004
The AAPS is listed as a quack organization by QuackWatch[7]
  • Associate with the New York City Law Firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz[8]
  • Offered position as a law clerk by an unnamed Supreme Court Justice, a coveted job that nearly 100% of all offerees accept.[citation needed]
Obama declined the position.
  • Law Clerk
To Federal Appellate Judge Douglas Ginsburg[9]
  • Head of community organization initiative encompassing 8 parishes, 13 staff, and a budget of $400,000
  • Teacher of a couple dozen underachieving homeschoolers with the spurious claim of being "the world's largest pre-college class on American History"[10]

Political Career[edit]

  • Illinois State Senator (1997-2004)
  • United States Senator (D-IL) (2005-2008)
  • President of the United States of America (2009-2017)[11]
  • Garnered 11% of the vote (5th place in a contest of 5 people) in Virginia's Congressional District 11 Republican primary (1992)[12]

Written work[edit]

  • Author of three well-received books which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list:
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Three Rivers Press. 1995.[13]
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Crown Publishing Group. 2006.
Barack Obama in His Own Words. Public Affairs. 2007.


  • 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album
  • First runner-up in RationalWiki's "Biggest Idiot at Conservapedia" Contest, 2008[15]
  • Winner of RationalWiki's 2009 Conservapedia Day Award for "President of the Harvard Law Review's Participation Award for Delusions of Grandeur".[16]


  • Received 69,456,897 votes in the 2008 Presidential election.[17]
  • Approximately 2,000,000 came to see his inauguration.
  • Crain's Chicago Business named Obama on its "40 under Forty" powers to be in 1993.
  • Interviews with him are highly sought after by some of the largest names in international journalism.


  1. No, not that kind of BSE, although we can see, why one would get that impression
  2. Schlafly has not provided any documentation to RationalWiki to verify these credentials. So it is 99% certain that they are bogus as less than 1% of the population have both of these degrees.
  4. A full-time volunteer position functioning as editor-in-chief and supervising the Law Review's staff of eighty editors.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Photo of Harvard Law Review Board Obama, center of photo holding the mace of office. Schlafly, second row from top, second in from the left.
  6. Yes that is right, Obama was Andy's supervisor! Can't you just imagine Andy, after yapping pointlessly and incessantly in an editors' meeting, getting chastised by Obama, "Start making some quality edits. You're not fooling any of us here with your talk, talk, talk. Make some contributions to the Review or leave."
  7. Questionable Organizations: An Overview, Stephen Barrett, M.D.
  8. [1]
  9. [2]
  10. Without any evidence besides the fact that he couldn't imagine a larger one, Schlafly called his American History course "The world's largest pre-college class on American History", claiming it had 48 students. While this is certainly a large class, it is by no means unprecedented in public schools or elsewhere. Furthermore, by the time the class was actually underway, it appeared to be down to 24 students, decidedly average. As smaller class sizes are generally deemed preferable to larger ones, this small size may seem like an actual advantage to the students. Schlafly does not agree
  11. And in 2008 he won Virginia, taking it away from the Republican party for the first time in 40 years.
  12. [3]
  13. He started writing this book at Harvard, and it eventually grew into an autobiography.
  14. Ladies and Gents, tha Conservative Bible Project
  15. The winner was Ed Poor... See our debate page.
  16. Debate:2009_Conservapedia_day_awards#Delusions_of_grandeur
  17. Federal Election Commision - 2008 Official Presidential General Election Results.
  18. [4]
  19. [5]