An article by Jodi Kantor published in the New York Times on January 28, 2007, about Barack Obama’s presidency of the Harvard Law Review (here) mentioned the April, 1990 issue of the “Harvard Law Revue,” a parody issue which was published each year in connection with the spring Law Review banquet.
The article quotes a mock self-tribute in the parody issue purportedly written by Obama, in which he traces his purported biographical roots. However, there is quite a bit more in this issue of the Revue bearing on Obama, and also relating to various other points which this blog will aim to explore.
For example, here’s the back cover of the Revue (not mentioned in the New York Times article or any other coverage of Obama to date), which sheds further light on how Obama’s activities and mode of self-presentation were contemporaneously viewed by his Harvard classmates:
On the assumption that interested observers may wish to read and judge for themselves the relevance, if any, of this Revue issue, one which apparently has not yet been posted on the Internet, a complete copy is posted below, in the form of 23 individual JPEG images of sufficiently high quality to yield a readable printout. To read any page, click on the thumbnail; to enlarge the image, click on the top row, 5th button from the left.
(For readers wishing to download a copy, a ZIP file containing all 23 JPEG images is posted here. A PDF file posted is here.)