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John Kerry: 'D Stood For Distinction'
(AP) ^ | Jun 7, 2005 11:34 am US/Pacific | (AP)

Posted on 06/07/2005 12:34:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin

BOSTON (AP) Sen. John F. Kerry’s grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush’s record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Kerry had a cumulative average of 76 and got four Ds his freshman year—in geology, two history courses and political science, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

His grades improved with time, and he averaged an 81 his senior year and earned an 89 -- his highest grade—in political science as a senior.

“I always told my dad that D stood for distinction,” Kerry said in a written response to reporters’ questions. He said he has previously acknowledged focusing more on learning to fly than studying.

Under Yale’s grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade.

In 1999, The New Yorker magazine published a transcript showing Bush had a cumulative grade average of 77 his first three years at Yale, and a similar average under a non-numerical rating system his senior year.

Bush’s highest grade at Yale was an 88 in anthropology, history and philosophy. He received one D in his four years, a 69 in astronomy, and improved his grades after his freshman year, the transcript showed.

Kerry, a Democrat, previously declined to release the transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, the Globe reported.

Kerry graduated from Yale in 1966, Bush in 1968.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: ddumbass; distinktion; gwb2004; johnkerry; kerry; kerryrecord
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1 posted on 06/07/2005 12:34:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

A statement like that really tells you a lot about him.


2 posted on 06/07/2005 12:35:35 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: BenLurkin

They don't call him John "F" Kerry for nothing.


3 posted on 06/07/2005 12:36:07 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: BenLurkin

U sure this isn't a scrappleface report?


4 posted on 06/07/2005 12:36:29 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: advance_copy

This is not.


5 posted on 06/07/2005 12:37:00 PM PDT by zahal724 (I own a lumber company? Want some wood?)
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To: BenLurkin

D is for "duh."


6 posted on 06/07/2005 12:37:38 PM PDT by RexBeach ("Anyone can see what's wrong, but can you see what's right?" -Winston Churchill)
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To: BenLurkin

So he even lied to his own father about his college grades. I can think of a few things that "D" stands for with respect to John Kerry but none of them are fit for polite company.


7 posted on 06/07/2005 12:37:48 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government)
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To: advance_copy

No it's true, very similar to Gore, another media appointed "genius." Gore flunked out of seminary school and law school, yet somehow was deemed intellectually superior.


8 posted on 06/07/2005 12:38:19 PM PDT by Williams
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To: marvlus

And his Dad probably bought it. It could also be for deceit.


9 posted on 06/07/2005 12:38:19 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (USA OUI *** FRANCE NON)
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To: BenLurkin

D stands for Done.


10 posted on 06/07/2005 12:38:33 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Fierro-san)
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To: BenLurkin

And were his father anyone other than Richard a/k/a "Dick the Gigolo" Kerry, the father would have responded, "Dis stinks, son!"


11 posted on 06/07/2005 12:38:47 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: BenLurkin
Kerry had a cumulative average of 76 and got four Ds his freshman year

Now, why is the statement above, no where NEAR this statement? Bush’s highest grade at Yale was an 88 in anthropology, history and philosophy. He received one D in his four years

12 posted on 06/07/2005 12:39:00 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: BenLurkin
I don't know, another 'D' word comes to mind:


14 posted on 06/07/2005 12:39:43 PM PDT by siunevada
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To: RexBeach

"D is for "duh.""

No, D is for diploma :)


15 posted on 06/07/2005 12:39:55 PM PDT by tfecw (Vote Democrat, It's easier than working)
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To: BenLurkin
I think this release of transcript data is to defuse the "didn't sign the form 180" attack. It's slightly embarrasing, but doesn't mention Kerry's original dishonorable discharge that was changed to honorable years later.

We should not let up on this, because he will try to run again (although, if he got the nomination over Hillary!, it's much less likely he'd win).

16 posted on 06/07/2005 12:40:01 PM PDT by narby (Ignorance is Godís gift to Kansas.)
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To: zahal724

Nope, it's a real report. But daggone if Kerry isn't so stupid that his own words read like a scrappleface. I can't believe the RATS nominated him to be President.


17 posted on 06/07/2005 12:40:05 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Bernard Marx; pacpam; hoppity; MayflowerMadam; capitan_refugio; Kviteseid; Val E. Girl; merry10; ...

What a poser!


18 posted on 06/07/2005 12:40:05 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: BenLurkin

>>"...got four Ds his freshman year...two history courses and political science.<<

History and PoliSci?

Yeah, and this clown wanted to be the leader of the greatest nation on the world?


19 posted on 06/07/2005 12:40:28 PM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Para espanol, marque el dos.")
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To: BenLurkin
Oh, my! (sniff, sniif)

Dear me, that just too, too.

Isn't that delicious!

What a wit! Bravo, fine lad, bravo!

20 posted on 06/07/2005 12:41:19 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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