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White House and University Comment on President Bollinger’s Remarks

At Convocation earlier today, University President Lee Bollinger suggested that an expanded relationship between current United States President and Columbia alum, Barack Obama, and the University could be possible.

We reached out for comment from The White House they said: “The president has long talked about his respect for Columbia University and his desire to continue working with them. However, at this point no decisions have been finalized about his post-Presidency plans.”

We also reached out for clarification from the University President’s office they said it “only reiterated the May 12 statement by the Barack Obama Foundation that it “intends to maintain a presence at Columbia University for the purpose of exploring and developing opportunities for a long term association” and reflected no further developments concerning President Obama’s plans.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Sources: Columbia University Website (

The White House via Olivier Kane (

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