Columbia University clarifies on 'Obama's return'

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/31/2015, 8:16 p.m.
Reports indicated that President Barack Obama was going to head to Columbia after his term, however, the school is now ...
President Barack Obama

Multiple reports indicated that once President Barack Obama ends his term as Commander-in-Chief, he's going to take a position at Columbia University. The school is now clarifying what they meant.

News broke Monday on Columbia's breaking student news blog "Bwog" Twitter account that Columbia University confirmed that Obama would come back to his alma mater to work.

"PrezBo stated the Obama's would be returning to Columbia in an official capacity next year. No further details," the tweet said.

The school's student newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, reported that university President Lee Bollinger said at a convocation held on Monday that "Columbia is looking forward to hosting the president in 2017."

However, the school is now claiming the statement was a misunderstanding.

Later on Monday, Columbia University said Bollinger was referring to the Obama presidential center for the campus that was announced earlier this year. The Barack Obama Foundation will have a presence at Columbia's library.

"Lee Bollinger’s comment at Convocation today that he was looking forward to welcoming back Columbia’s most famous alumnus 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," Columbia said in a statement.

While Bollinger reportedly made the statement at the convocation, the White House released a statement about the news.

"The President has long talked about his respect for Columbia University and his desire to continue working with them," the White House said. "However, at this point no decisions have been finalized about his post-Presidency plans."

Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983 earning his bachelor's in political science with a specialty in international relations. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, first as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and then as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004.