Former Senior Lecturer Barack Obama Elected President of the United States

Former Senior Lecturer Barack Obama Elected President of the United States
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November 4, 2008

The University of Chicago Law School congratulates former Senior Lecturer Barack Obama on his election to the office of President of the United States. 

“Barack Obama will soon have one of the few titles more impressive than the one he had here,” said Saul Levmore, Dean and William B. Graham Professor of Law. “I have never seen so many happy students, and such excitement about Election Day. At the University of Chicago Law School, we pride ourselves on analytic coolness, but it is not often that one’s neighbor and colleague is elected to the Presidency of the United States. I think we can be forgiven our excesses this one time. That he is a thoughtful person, an excellent teacher, an inspiring role model, and—most recently—a brilliant political campaigner just adds to the warm glow. We, as a country, have a new opportunity to repair our economic strains, to provide leadership in an interdependent world, and to educate our children; I hope Barack Obama and the entire nation prove up to the task.”

Former Dean Douglas Baird, who recruited Obama to the Law School faculty when Obama was still a third-year student at Harvard, also offered his congratulations: "From the ope