[Homestead] Assorted things
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Wed Oct 8 00:44:13 EDT 2008
Lynn Wigglesworth wrote:
> Another view on Al-Mansour. Note the date...it appears that nothing new
> has turned up in over a month:
Thanks for posting that..
This article is linked to that one...
It lists Obama's jobs...so maybe KAM did not pay Obama's way into
Harvard, but there is still the question of pulling strings...
I just had to ask as I am interested in all of this because
1. I am 3 months older than BO and went to college at the same time.
2. We both attended 2 years at "lesser" private colleges before moving
on to the big names
3. We both attended Ivy League post graduate schools.
I know how much college costs. I was also poor, probably poorer than
Barack. I had plenty of scholarships and Pell grants, but it wasn't
enough. I worked 3 jobs throughout most of my college years, sleeping
only 2 or 3 hours a night for months on end. During those years I was
so poor that I could not afford tampons and could not buy a coke from a
machine. All my money went to school and living. I had student loans
that approached 25K. I did not complete post graduate school,
obviously, there is no MD after my name, but Obama did complete law
school so he has 3 more years than me with 3 more loans. My boyfriend's
parents became my surrogate family and they sponsored me by paying part
of my Emory tuition in addition to their sons' tuition. They did this
through a church 'grant' so that it would be tax deductible for them.
Basically, I was their charity. They were both Emory Alumni, and since
I was the DIL2B, they wanted that for us.
So I sit here, and I read Obama's jobs, and I of course don't know how
much his grandparents put in, but I am sure it was plenty even by
today's standards. Even with scholarships, loans, jobs, and
benefactors, I still had real trouble to the point that I just could not
juggle everything. The breakup with my fiance and the loss of his
family's support led me down a path of self destruction that resulted in
me dropping out of school.
If Obama did it on his own, and it appears that he did, then my hat's
off to him. BUT, part of me-maybe my pride, just says that I know how
tough I was-what I put into it, and if I couldn't do, how could he do it
with those penny ante jobs(trinket sales and deli worker???) and without
a benefactor. I know that Emory and Columbia and Princeton were
comparable in price, as were Emory Medical School and Harvard Law
School. I don't recall how much tuition was offhand, but I know they
were almost the same. Emory is the Harvard of the South.
So while some may think I am picking on Obama, and maybe I am, I do have
my reasons and I am not just trying to be a troll or piss anyone off. I
really appreciate your open mindedness, Lynn, enough to search yourself.
Bev, coming to terms with old demons...
"What Luck for Rulers that Men do not Think" Adolf Hitler
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
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