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    tmo, Newsie8200, mobiusein, orangeuglad

    In Fall 2000, Obama wasn't able to have many office hours because of time commitments in the legislature. He even missed most of a class session once, the day we were supposed to give group-project presentations. (My group of four students did a terrific (we thought) thing about Native American sports mascots--most prominently Oliver's favorite team, boo hiss--and the attempts by private litigants to get their trademark protections revoked.) Some enterprising student (not me) got the Law School A/V guy to bring in video-recording equipment so we could all give our presentations to a professor in absentia. Obama ended up showing up three-quarters of the way through class, apologizing that he'd been held up by a legislative event in Springfield.

    Honestly, Obama seemed kind of overworked that quarter. As far as I can tell, he doesn't seem to be showing that as much lately--despite the fact that he's got to be even more rest- and sleep-deprived now than he was then.

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      tmo, boadicea, orangeuglad

      ...also learned a bit more about teaching approaches from Adams's and your diaries.

      I plan to press my students more - make them see their sloppy thinking (Obama's favorite phrase) and be better informed on all facets of an argument. Hah, didn't Plato and Socrates tell this to us over 2000 years ago?

      "The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of the pantomime." Wallace Stevens

      by mobiusein on Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 10:22:57 PM PDT

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