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Does academic achievement bring Oval Office success?
The Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2011 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 08/28/2011 9:32:57 PM PDT by martosko

How smart do we want our presidents to be, and what does their academic performance tell us about their chances for success?

This month Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s college transcript was leaked, and the Republican presidential contender’s academic performance at Texas A&M turned out to be less than stellar. Perry’s critics seized on the document to suggest that he didn’t have the aptitude to serve as leader of the free world.

Is there a correlation between success in the White House and a president’s perceived intelligence, or at least between academic performance and Oval Office success?


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bush; iq; perry; presidents
Let the George W. Bush bashing begin (sigh...)
1 posted on 08/28/2011 9:33:01 PM PDT by martosko
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To: martosko

in obama’s case, there’s simply not enough data.


2 posted on 08/28/2011 9:35:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: martosko

Woodrow Wilson, now our 2nd worst president (Jonah Goldberg reviewed his writings for one of his columns, the man was deranged) was the only Phd to occupy the Oval Office.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 9:36:06 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: martosko
I sure one call to the ACLU would bring a flurry of lawyers to attack this horrendous, and illegal, invasion of Rick's privacy.

Bet they don't rest until they find some more dirt on Perry ...

4 posted on 08/28/2011 9:37:17 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: martosko

JFK was quite the scholar wasn’t he?

And LBJ. I doubt that Nixon was an A student. Ike graduated fairly far down the ranking at West Point. US Grant was near the bottom.

Why haven’t we seen Urkel’s records? Did he even take any courses? Does anyone even recall him in a class?


5 posted on 08/28/2011 9:42:37 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: martosko

If it did, McNamara would’ve been the greatest SecDef ever. And Dick Cheney would’ve been the worst VP ever. I don’t think you can make a direct comparison. Al Gore was a dumbass rock in school, a worthless do-nothing VP, and is somehow an environmental expert even though he’s never produced anything but a plagiarized book and a ghost-produced movie on the subject.

As for Bush, I’m more impressed with a guy who was a fighter pilot than Gore, a rich kid who failed at everything and flourished in politics because other people were always blazing the trail for him.


6 posted on 08/28/2011 9:44:01 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: martosko

This entire lame ass AnointedIdiot administration is chocked full of academics and they still fail!

Hell no, academic achievement has nothing to do with Oval Office success. One frakin’ idiot who wrote this article. =.=


7 posted on 08/28/2011 9:44:14 PM PDT by cranked
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To: arrogantsob

I understand that Jimmah Carter was quite an intelligent man. Part of his problem is that he was not good at delegating so he ended up drowning in minutiae.


8 posted on 08/28/2011 9:53:58 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: martosko

If I’m so smart why do I find myself in the gutter now?


9 posted on 08/28/2011 9:55:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: martosko

I’ll take a fellow with COMMON SENSE who LOVES THIS COUNTRY — AND MANIFESTS THAT LOVE IN OFFICE — ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

There can be no longer be a shred of doubt as to OBOWzo’s embrace of Marxism. That he is also is a veritable Mulligan Stew of psychological pathologies makes him even MORE dangerous. Even a shrink as bright at Charles Krauthammer has trouble finding enough words to adequately describe what’s going on in the guy’s head.

My take is that he is a rare form of idiot savant whose “gift” is an urge to engage in mindless and continual eloqution and public oratory. His egocentrism and narcissism — probably resulting from having been abandoned first by his father then his mother — found in ALL politicians has reached a far higher level in him than in others and requires him to be “on” and the center of attention at all times.

(Even MSNBC leftist talker Ed Shultz, fresh from a visit to the White House, reported that Obama has turned the place into a shrine to – surprise – OBAMA, with portraits of his first year – and hopefully, his LAST full year – in office EVERYWHERE! Can you say “egomaniac?”)

Couple that with the problem described by microbiologist P.B. Medawar that

“(…) the spread of secondary and latterly tertiary education has created a large population of people, often with well-developed literary and scholarly tastes, who have been educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought”
and you have a formula for the creature known as Obama.

He is as lacking in the ability to think critically as are the voters who put him in office and who now bear full responsibility for the possibly irreparable damage now being done to this country by Obama and his minions.

The bigger problem is that when the veneration by his former devotees fades and, like Hitler in his Berlin bunker, he begins to feel that they are not intelligent enough to appreciate his “brilliance,” he could become an even more dangerous and destructive creature than he is now.

I can’t help but wonder if these so-called black “flash-mobs” are the leading edge of more anti-white violence to come.

We should know soon.


10 posted on 08/28/2011 9:59:02 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: martosko

Bump


11 posted on 08/28/2011 10:01:11 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: martosko

A college degree does not mean someone is intelligent.


12 posted on 08/28/2011 10:01:19 PM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: martosko

Nothing means anything.


13 posted on 08/28/2011 10:04:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: martosko

Article filled with irony as we cannot assess our CURRENT president’s academic record in this paradigm...Current prez is a lousy leader, but we don’t know if that is correlated to his academic record.


14 posted on 08/28/2011 10:06:01 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: martosko

Imagine Paul Krugman as president. Nuff said.


15 posted on 08/28/2011 10:11:03 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: martosko

Harry Truman did not even have a college degree.


16 posted on 08/28/2011 10:41:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: martosko

To be fair, let’s compare Perry’s to Obama’s transcripts. ;)


17 posted on 08/28/2011 10:41:53 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: arrogantsob; martosko
I doubt that Nixon was an A student.

What ever gave you that idea. He wasn't called "Tricky Dick" for nothing. He graduated second in his class at Whittier College in 1934 and won a scholarship to Duke law school

18 posted on 08/28/2011 10:44:47 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: martosko

It’s amazing that Perry just announcing he’s running, and his Aggie transcript has already been leaked. But has The Won’s, 5 or so years after he announced.

No, sadly it’s not surprising at all, come to think of it.


19 posted on 08/28/2011 11:11:21 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Dick Bachert

Without Affirmative Action and White Guilt Obama would still be a street sleezebag scamming dumb blacks into selling their votes for a few dillars and a bogus promise.

Now he is a President who got there by scamming dumb blacks and whites into selling their votes for a few bogus promises.


20 posted on 08/29/2011 1:22:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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Bring it on. Let’s make academic achievement an issue in the campaign. Each of the Republican challengers should submit their college transcripts for review so that the voters can compare their records to those of President Obama . . .

. . . oh . . . .

right . . .


21 posted on 08/29/2011 4:48:01 AM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: sinanju
Woodrow Wilson, now our 2nd worst president

Matter of opinion I suppose. I would give slot number 2 to Jimmy Carter.

22 posted on 08/29/2011 5:43:49 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: sinanju
Worst Presidents (most destructive to the republic):
  1. Lincoln
  2. Wilson
  3. Grant
  4. Carter

IMO Lincoln just barely edges out Wilson.

23 posted on 08/29/2011 5:49:49 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: martosko

Are Obama’s college transcripts even available for comparison? I understood that they were under lock and key. However, I have noted that Obama is barely able to put a coherent sentence together without his teleprompter. Eloquent, he isn’t. Perhaps the libs should re-think this tactic.


24 posted on 08/29/2011 6:41:16 AM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks.


25 posted on 08/29/2011 10:42:47 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: central_va

Lincoln was right up there with Washington as the greatest president. Of course, both were among the greatest men in all of history. It was the Slavers who tried to destroy the Republic and Lincoln who saved it.


26 posted on 08/29/2011 10:45:00 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: arrogantsob

Lincoln was a power hungry bloodthirsty monster who usurped power and destroyed the republic of our founders. Other than that, i have no problem with him.


27 posted on 08/29/2011 10:47:08 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Of course, he was. Just lay down and the men in the white coats will be there soon. They will take you to a place where your theories will get a lot of support.


28 posted on 08/29/2011 11:08:21 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: martosko
Perry’s critics seized on the document to suggest that he didn’t have the aptitude to serve as leader of the free world.

I assume the abovementioned critics would be the minions for Romney and Paul. Surely the DemocRAT apparachiks don't want to open THAT can of worms, and cause some curious eyes to want to seek out Obama's hidden transcripts?

29 posted on 08/29/2011 11:09:25 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Just think, had Nixon lived today he would be on the World Poker Tour counting his bracelets.


30 posted on 08/29/2011 11:09:30 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: martosko

If a person is really that smart, they wouldn’t run for the office in the first place.


31 posted on 08/29/2011 11:11:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stranger and pilgrim
Bring it on. Let’s make academic achievement an issue in the campaign. Each of the Republican challengers should submit their college transcripts for review so that the voters can compare their records to those of President Obama

That might backfire. We have learned that his administration is not afraid of forgery.

32 posted on 08/29/2011 11:11:28 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: martosko

Academic achievement means squat in the real world.


33 posted on 08/29/2011 11:18:09 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: arrogantsob; central_va
Send the white coats for me, too, because I agree with “central-va’s” assessment of Lincoln.
34 posted on 08/29/2011 11:18:58 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: central_va

Central_va: Turning every Free Republic thread into a referendum on the Civil War since September 18, 2007.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 11:20:29 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: wintertime

This is going to be one crowded asylum.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 11:20:55 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Yes, indeed!


37 posted on 08/29/2011 11:24:45 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
Silly me to bring up the subject of the Civil War on a website called Free Republic. A concept foreign to some around here.
38 posted on 08/29/2011 11:25:27 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

You must be a real live wire at parties.


39 posted on 08/29/2011 11:37:48 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: wintertime

You can base your view of history on the Great Lie if you please. You both can meet “Napoleon” in the Bug House.


40 posted on 08/29/2011 12:05:03 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: smokingfrog

Lincoln never even graduated from a high school.


41 posted on 08/29/2011 12:06:38 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

Are you referring to the RAT Rebellion?


42 posted on 08/29/2011 12:12:54 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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