Obama was selected as an editor for the Harvard Law Review, not for his grades, but because he is (half) black.
Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at what the Harvard Law Review‘s website (link) says about it (bold mine):
“Twenty editors are selected based solely on their competition scores. Fourteen editors (two from each 1L section) are selected based on a combination of their first-year grades and their competition scores. The remaining editors are selected on a discretionary basis. Some of these discretionary slots may be used to implement the Review’s affirmative action policy.“
He then went on to become the Review‘s first African-American president. Are you really stupid enough to fool yourself into believing that this was not due to Affirmative Action?!!
He went on to become the US’s first African-American president pretty much for the same reason.
This is a man who, until 2008, had done nothing notable his entire life. The man himself admits that he basically coasted in high school, getting mediocre grades and leading a group of stoners. While at the Review he published only one (anonymous) piece in the journal himself. While in the Senate, he did nothing that was particularly outstanding or noteworthy, except be the only African American serving in the Senate at the time. He was basically just a token and a steady, reliable vote for the Democratic Party agenda.
In fact, before being elected in 2008, Obama’s greatest (and practically only) accomplishment was authoring a couple of books … about himself! … demonstrating that he is not only mediocre but also narcissistic.