President Obama’s E-mail

President Obama’s E-mail

I have many claims to fame.

For example, I have been known to drink 5 cans of Coke in a day. I also watched an entire season of “24” in a day, synchronizing the TV time with real time. But in all honesty, these events probably pale in comparison to the fact that I went to Punahou, the same high school as President-elect Barack Obama.

This past Sunday, the Trustees of Punahou held an inaugural party in Washington DC to celebrate the ascension of the first Hawaii-born President, and the first alumnus President. We had high hopes that President Obama would show, and indeed, there were police helicopters allegedly circling the residence of AOL-founder Steve Case — the gracious host and also alumnus of Punahou.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

Sadly, Mr. Obama wasn’t able to attend (we call it a “Nobama”), but his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng (another alumna who was in my sister’s class) was present and sent her regards from the President, who undoubtedly was busy preparing for today’s inaugural festivities.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

When I got back home to New York, I recalled an alumni directory that I received in the mail several years ago. A quick scan of my bookshelf revealed a 2001 publication.


In 2001, Obama was a state legislator in Illinois, so I was curious to see how he might appear in this directory. Sandwiched between Saichi Oba and Derek O’Banion was our very own Barack Obama. Malia and the newly-born Natasha (aka “Sasha”) were listed as his children.

And to bring the whole thing full circle, his published e-mail was from no other than


All those years of AOL subscriptions with the infamous cancellation travails end with the inaugural party payback, Steve.

By the way, I’m a huge privacy advocate hence the blurred details (plus who needs the Secret Service on your back when you’re running a counterfeit ring — I kid). But I’m listing Obama’s email because I’m assuming:

1. He’s since upgraded to something cooler like “”, and
2. “boboma” was more likely “bobama”

Hey Mr. President. Congratulations! Let’s do this thing.

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