A widely read national columnist (who honors me by occasionally responding personally to an item I blind copy him on) took only five minutes to respond to a letter I sent to the New York Times declaring that “the closest President Obama has ever been to being a law Professor … was 12 years as as a part-time instructor in Constitutional law at the University of Chicago”
That link refers to Obama three times as Professor, but carefully qualified each time: "served" as a professor, Senior Lecturer "considered" to be member of the Law School faculty and "regarded" as a professor.
In the UChicago Law School Faculty list I found 59 'Professors' and three 'Lecturers' - but not a single 'served,' 'considered' or 'regarded.'
A University of Chicago News Office Monday 10 May 2010 news item refers to Elena Kagan as “a former professor at the University of Chicago Law School” - not a hint of qualification. Further reference is made that “Kagan had met Barack Obama while they both served at the Law School.” Why no reference to Obama being a fellow professor?
There have been three recent articles in the Chicago press referring to the possibility of getting an Obama library at the UC. This is certainly a worthy quest for any University, especially for one as deservedly famous and respected as UC. But is the University so wound up in having a president who was a former employee, with the possibility of getting a major new library, it will go to any length to describing the President as a Law Professor, w/o actually coming out and saying so directly?
I've lived in Detroit, St Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh PA, Marblehead MA. Worked as tech rep in Southern CA, Bay area, NYC, I've been to Europe a dozen times (Ireland, UK, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium.
Favorite restaurants are Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago, Roma Cafe in Detroit, Frankie and Johnie's in NYC, Rigazzi's on the hill in St. Louis (Also Charlie Gitto's, was Angelo's when I went there.)
For about a year I had small offices in Clayton MO, in the Country Club Plaza in KC. I rode a ten-speed bike around Lake Michigan (The bottom half in one week in June 1978, another week for the top half in 1980, used the Badger both times.
Don't get to travel much anymore, but still try to rent a car and go around the Lake in March every year. Sure, there's still snow, and it's not warm, OTOH there are no bugs and no toursts. Greatest little tavern in the world is Sherry's Port Bar in Garden UP MI