Skip to comments.Obama and Harvard: Is Donald Trump right ?
Posted on 04/26/2011 6:51:14 PM PDT by RobinMasters
The irrepressible Donald Trump has raised still another question the major media have dared not to ask: Did Barack Obama qualify for Columbia and Harvard on his own accomplishments?
"How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" asked Trump of the Associated Press. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."
Trump asks a very good question for which the anti-journalists of the major media have no good answer. So allow me to fill in the gaps.
Although the late New York politico Percy Sutton admitted to helping Obama get into Harvard Law, Obama likely could have gotten in on his own.
Obama had the one thing it took all along, and he surely began to understand this when, as a bench-warming, B-minus student at his Hawaiian prep school, he "won" a full scholarship to Occidental where he spent his first two years of college.
New Yorker editor David Remnick has chosen not to see what greased Obama's skids despite adding considerable information about Obama's academic record in his Obama biography, "The Bridge."
Remnick tells us that Obama was an "unspectacular" student in his final two years at Columbia and at every stop before that going back to grade school.
A Northwestern University prof who wrote a letter of reference for Obama reinforces the point, telling Remnick, "I don't think [Obama] did too well in college."
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Im a Palin people,, and it doesnt piss me off. Not a whit. She’s blue collar, from the west, from Alaska from simple beginnings. He’s east coast, New York loudmouth. Attack dog type,,born with some money, wears a suit,,,business type.
Makes me happy that they seem to agree. Some people think a cabdidate and a veep need such differences. This is going to be a FUN primary. They are toying with Obamao.
Now, I, being a white female and attending as an older student, got absolutely nothing. I was turned down on my first app. to UT. Austin because of a GRE score of 1050. Had to retake and bring it up to 1250 to get in--meantime minorities were greased thru along with financial aid making around 950--know because one was a friend.
Later, made 94 on Miller's analogy test to get grad classes at UAL, Tusc. and was admitted along with a black acquaintance whose score was unacceptable but was admitted (with financial aid) on a trial basis even though not passing the standards test.
The halls of academia are RACIST! Affirmative action has been going on so long and so many blacks are successful, it ought to go to merit NOW.But not to worry, they are victims--200 yr. victims and must forever get special treatment.
New York politics is a mean business. Worse in many cases than Chicago style politics.
What they are doing now is damaging BOs credibility beyond repair with the I vote. Then, when that clears, they’ll go after his policies. We all know about his policies, nothing new there. But his past isnt known, but will be known pretty soon. BO will have to explain soon, and when your explaining your loosing.
Supposedly, magna at HLS is limited to graduates with grades in the Top 10%, and grades are based on anonymous tests. So charm would get Obama nowhere.
If Obama's HLS grades, however, were in the Top 10%, he would wear them, as he can't wear his BC, on his forehead. The MSM and Obama would drum into us his class rank and GPA. If he was smart enough to graduate Magna at Harvard, so too would he have top LSAT's, which would be added to his lore.
The Magna, therefore, must not have involved grades, but rather was awarded by the faculty who otherwise faced the prospect of the baton-wielding President of the Harvard Law Review graduating without Honors, which would scream AA, and undermine the credibility of HLS and the HLR. Better to throw in the Magna, and everyone looks a lot better.
What we need is another failed haberdasher with good sense and brass balls.
To Obama's good fortune, the HLR had replaced a meritocracy in which editors were elected based on grades the president being the student with the highest academic rank with one in which half the editors were chosen through a writing competition.
This competition, the New York Times reported...was "meant to help insure that minority students became editors..."
The election ... was based more on popularity than competence. Obama prevailed over 18 other candidates only after the HLR's small conservative faction threw him its support.
I wish Cashill had given a little more detail here, it seems to contradict the thesis of his book and remarks he made in a talk broadcast by BookTV.
In that broadcasts he states that 'bam couldn't have written "Dreams..." or "Audacity..." because he couldn't write very well, based on the few examples that he's seen.
Here he says 'bam nailed the prize in a writing contest, that was really just a popularity contest? So maybe 'bam's a good writer after all? Or was it ghost written?
Maybe Cashill doesn't dare clinch the point. But what he gives us here muddies things a bit.
“How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?’
Ask the Kennedy family. Ask the Bush family.
The Magna, therefore, must not have involved grades, but rather was awarded by the faculty who otherwise faced the prospect of the baton-wielding President of the Harvard Law Review graduating without Honors, which would scream AA, and undermine the credibility of HLS and the HLR. Better to throw in the Magna, and everyone looks a lot better.”
I like this, especially considering that two of the faculty were cleared of plagiarism charges themselves by a panel that included than Kagan & Sommers. On the other hand, who has checked out his magna status? Or is that another one of those pesky questions gentlemen simply don’t ask?
All that is known is that HLS confirms the Magna, which no one disputes. What is not known is the class rank or the GPA, which are purported to be the sole criterion for the Magna to be awarded.
It would go like this:
Reporter: President Obama, you graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School.
Obama: Yes, I did.
Reporter: What was your class rank in the J.D. graduating class of 567?
Obama: I don't recall.
Reporter: Oh, that's okay. What was your GPA, then?
Obama: Filibuster answer for 20 minutes.
HLS’s “confirmation,” as indeed its endowment, of magna, under the circumstances, doesn’t mean a whole lot. If the law school weren’t Harvard, I’d expect some of his class alums to take offense.
Trump is probing through the smoke and it has the statist tools verrryyy afraid....I have to admit I find it delicious that this old crook Trump as well as many more voters know where there’s smoke there’s FIRE!
I find it very interesting how the Krauthammer Right demonize Trump much more fervently than they have Obama??? WTH???