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GORE'S DUBIOUS SCHOOL RECORD
BOSTON GLOBE ^ | 9-7-2000 | Author: By JENNIFER C. BRACERAS

Posted on 10/04/2002 2:46:10 PM PDT by buffyt

Jennifer C. Braceras is an attorney and research fellow at Harvard Law School. Her column appears regularly in the Globe.

When will the liberal media stop treating left-wing ideology as a proxy for intelligence? For months the press has questioned the intellect of Republican candidate George W. Bush, while describing Al Gore as "serious," "intellectual" - even "wonkish."

The basis for the media's unfair attacks on Bush's intelligence is his 30-year-old Yale College transcript (purloined last fall and published by The New Yorker). Yet The Washington Post's subsequent revelation of Gore's unimpressive academic record has done little to alter the media's false portrayal of Gore as "the smartest kid in the class." It is a record that is worth reviewing, if only to debunk the myth of Gore as a serious student.

Gore's undergraduate transcript from Harvard is riddled with C's, including a C-minus in introductory economics, a D in one science course, and a C-plus in another. "In his sophomore year at Harvard," the Post reported, "Gore's grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale." Moreover, Gore's graduate school record - consistently glossed over by the press - is nothing short of shameful. In 1971, Gore enrolled in Vanderbilt Divinity School where, according to Bill Turque, author of "Inventing Al Gore," he received F's in five of the eight classes he took over the course of three semesters. Not surprisingly, Gore did not receive a degree from the divinity school. Nor did Gore graduate from Vanderbilt Law School, where he enrolled for a brief time and received his fair share of C's. (Bush went on to earn an MBA from Harvard).

But whereas the liberal press has described Bush's college days as a time of misspent youth, media accounts of Gore's undergraduate years are grossly fawning. (The New York Times: "As Mr. Bush was frolicking around Yale, a young man named Al Gore was studying at Harvard"; "Harvard nurtured the part of [Gore] that is in love with the world of ideas." The New Republic: "At Harvard, Gore set himself formidable intellectual challenges.")

And then there is the laughable October issue of Psychology Today. As part of a cover story entitled, "Gore and Bush on the Couch," the magazine reports the results of a spurious "analysis" of 10 of the candidates speeches and/or interviews. The authors claim that the study "verifies" the popular stereotype that "Bush is not as deep a thinker as Gore."

Two pages later, readers will be shocked - shocked! - to learn that the magazine's (no doubt scientific) study of the candidates' facial gestures reveals that Gore is the "more serious, constrained, controlled, weighty, ponderous, [and] dominant of the two candidates." More ponderous, perhaps . . . but, please, spare me the pop psychology.

Biased reporters, however, are not the only ones to blame. Indeed, the vice president himself has cultivated this genius persona (one of many). Thus, he did not correct PBS News anchor Gwen Ifill when she referred to him as a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. Even more significant was the line in Gore's convention acceptance speech in which he stated, "I know my own imperfections. I know that sometimes people say I'm too serious, that I talk too much substance and policy." Poor Al, he's just too smart for the job.

Of course, the stereotyping of conservative candidates as dumb and liberal candidates as "brilliant" is nothing new. During the 1950s, the media lionized Democrat Adlai Stevenson as an intellectual, while ridiculing Republican Dwight Eisenhower as an ineffectual simpleton. Back then, the members of the press knew full well that Stevenson attended Harvard Law School and, yet, had not received a degree. But the media gave Stevenson a pass. (Sound familiar?) Had resourceful journalists investigated, they might have learned (as we now know from Stevenson's biographer John Bartlow Martin) that Harvard Law School Dean Erwin Griswold had hidden Stevenson's transcript in a locked cabinet in his office. What was he hiding? Stevenson, the so-called "thinking man's candidate," had, in fact, flunked out of Harvard Law.

In the end, neither intellect nor academic performance is an especially important criterion by which to judge our presidents. Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman were no scholars, but they rank among the best presidents in our country's history. And what about many liberals' favorite president - Franklin Roosevelt? Social, popular, and famously unserious as an undergraduate at Harvard, FDR had an undistinguished academic record. Yet, later in life, Roosevelt's charisma and his ability to persuade, compromise, and lead helped him to become a "reformer with results."

This election is not an I.Q. test; it is about which candidate has better judgment. And that is why, despite the media's love affair with the celluloid image of Al Gore the policy-wonk, it is the affable, authentic, and sensible Bush who would make the better leader.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dubious; gore; record; school
OLDIE BUT GOODIE and we will need articles like this in the upcoming elections if DUMBO decides to run again, although the Boston Globe has stated today that Gore is not wanted as a candidate in 2004, since he CAN be beaten in the primary! I sent copy of this today to two people who were telling me how dumb Bush is..... They didn't argue anymore!
1 posted on 10/04/2002 2:46:10 PM PDT by buffyt
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To: buffyt
I am still amazed the mainstream press can maintain that they are unbiased after the way they handled this issue of how smart Gore was vs. how dumb bush was + how they handled the drug use issue. There was all kinds of evidence of prolonged, heavy pot smoking by Gore which was completely ignored while the press went wild over phantom stories of Bush's cocaine use.
2 posted on 10/04/2002 2:57:43 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: buffyt
I sent copy of this today to two people who were telling me how dumb Bush is..... They didn't argue anymore!

You are dealing with a more highly evolved species of RAT critter than I have ever encountered.

I've never met a single Liberal who was in any way interested in, or persuaded by something as pedestrian as facts.

3 posted on 10/04/2002 3:10:22 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: buffyt
Al Gore failed in

1. Divinity School
2. Law School
3. The Electoral College

Time for him to drop out entirely.

I forget who I stole this from, but I'm sure it was a Freeper.

4 posted on 10/04/2002 3:16:37 PM PDT by KarlInOhio
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To: buffyt
People who don't seem think Bush is too stupid anymore:

Ann Richards, The Texas Dems., many Texas Reps., the Texas media, The National Media, all his opponents in the presidential primary including John McCain, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, the DNC, Dan Rather and his ilk, The Clinton machine including James Carville, all sorts of people in Florida including the Florida Supreme Court, the European media and numerous European Leaders, Putin, Tony Blair, The Taliban, many in Congress including Tom Daschle and Richard Gephardt, The United Nations and the list continues. Who did I miss?

This list could also be called "people that took Bush on and lost".

5 posted on 10/04/2002 3:18:12 PM PDT by isthisnickcool
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To: buffyt
The woman who wrote this, JENNIFER C. BRACERAS, is obviously (take your pick)

A self-loathing...

a) Jew
b) Hispanic
c) Person of color
d) Fill in the blank

Get back in line Ms. Braceras.

6 posted on 10/04/2002 3:20:56 PM PDT by billorites
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To: buffyt
During the 1950s, the media lionized Democrat Adlai Stevenson as an intellectual, while ridiculing Republican Dwight Eisenhower....

Yes, and the press in complicity with "higher" (?) education smeared Goldwater as a "War Monger" and Johnson as a "Peace Candidate". One of the great awakenings that occurs with political awareness is the realization that this sort of "Bias" and "Slander" has always been going on, by the same sort of people, for the same kind of reasons.

Great post. A keeper.

7 posted on 10/04/2002 3:21:26 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: buffyt
Great reminder. Does Gore have any kind of Post-grad degree?
8 posted on 10/04/2002 3:23:31 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy
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To: isthisnickcool
"Who did I miss? "

Prime Minister Cretien, Kofi Anan...

9 posted on 10/04/2002 3:23:32 PM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites
Get back in line Ms. Braceras.

What's your beef with Braceras?

10 posted on 10/04/2002 3:25:48 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy
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To: buffyt
Stevenson, the so-called "thinking man's candidate," had, in fact, flunked out of Harvard Law.

Holy Cow! I hadn't heard this one before.
11 posted on 10/04/2002 3:28:07 PM PDT by VOA
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To: buffyt
Let's cut to the closing.

>>>This election is not an I.Q. test; it is about which candidate has better judgment. And that is why, despite the media's love affair with the celluloid image of Al Gore the policy-wonk, it is the affable, authentic, and sensible Bush who would make the better leader.

Almost two years later, GWBush is leader of the greatest nation ever and runs seven minute miles, daily. Algore can't get his wedding ring on. Gore's gotten as fat as a walrus and is giving FatTeddyK a run for his money in the obese department. Hahahahahahaha

Go Bush Go

12 posted on 10/04/2002 3:30:14 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: buffyt
Apparently, Bush's SAT's are higher than Gore's. Gore is glib, and people erroneously think that those who are glib and fast-talking are more intelligent. It's not necessarily so.
13 posted on 10/04/2002 3:30:47 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: RobFromGa
Amen, Rob...facts and dems don't mix!
14 posted on 10/04/2002 3:30:56 PM PDT by D. Miles
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To: isthisnickcool
Believe me, I know someone who is a friend of Ann Richards and she doesn't think Bush is stupid -- far from it.
15 posted on 10/04/2002 3:32:36 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: buffyt
Message to Al Gore
16 posted on 10/04/2002 3:34:45 PM PDT by South40
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To: buffyt
One need not go further than Eisenhower and Stevenson to see the importance of this article. What Harvard lawyer comes to mind who could rival the accomplishments of the modest General from Kansas. Half the people in the world had benefitted from his military service long before he served eight years as President. Add to the fact that Stevenson only tried to be a Harvard Lawyer and we see the duplicity of the american media. I can see the hole in the sole of Stevenson's shoe prominently shown in Life Magazine, as if that really mattered. Eisenhower commanded hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of troops in WWII who wore holes in their shoes, and more often than not, in their bodies.

I will bookmark this article and use it in all of the political races left in my lifetime. I hope every Freeper will do the same. I have already stopped referring to the media as liberal. I really believe it is self defeating. To constantly point out what is so obvious only feeds our own ego, and perhaps, the image that we are not too bright. Like President Bush, President Eisenhower, President Truman, and a double handful of other successful world leaders who were never journalists.
17 posted on 10/04/2002 3:35:51 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: isthisnickcool
The elite strike force of an army of democrat lawyers and media experts who were sent to Florida to steal an election were completely outwitted by "dumb" Dubya.
18 posted on 10/04/2002 3:42:32 PM PDT by friendly
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To: buffyt
Two pages later, readers will be shocked - shocked! - to learn that the magazine's (no doubt scientific) study of the candidates' facial gestures reveals that Gore is the "more serious, constrained, controlled, weighty, ponderous, [and] dominant of the two candidates." More ponderous, perhaps . . . but, please, spare me the pop psychology.

Based on recent reports, Gore is 'more weighty' too.

19 posted on 10/04/2002 3:42:51 PM PDT by connectthedots
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To: billorites
Huh?
20 posted on 10/04/2002 3:48:09 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: ghost of nixon
"At Harvard, Gore set himself formidable intellectual challenges.")

Yeah, for Algore, that meant getting C's and D's.
21 posted on 10/04/2002 3:53:21 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
No he doesn't. But that didn't stop two worse-than-mediocre schools (MTSU and Fisk) from hiring him to teach!!! I called and complained that they had their nerve using my tax dollars to hire a "professor" who did not have the credentials to teach anything in college but they didn't care.
22 posted on 10/04/2002 3:57:50 PM PDT by secret garden
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To: buffyt
Send this to your "acquaintances" buffy:


23 posted on 10/04/2002 4:02:25 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: aruanan
"At Harvard, Gore set himself formidable intellectual challenges.")

Yeah, like tying his shoes.

24 posted on 10/04/2002 4:06:10 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: buffyt
Bookmarked!
25 posted on 10/04/2002 4:11:34 PM PDT by Fraulein
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To: buffyt
[...] the Boston Globe has stated today that Gore is not wanted as a candidate in 2004, since he CAN be beaten in the primary!

Primahry? PRImahry? Dey won' have no PRImahrees. Dey don' wan' no PRImahrees. Dey don' NEED no STEENKIN' PRIMAHREES! (apologies to the late Alfonso Bedoya in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre")

They'll just run Barbra Streisand for president, and then plug in Al Gore on all 51 ballots, exactly two years from today. Once the polls show that people ... who need competent people ... aren't wanting her. After all, New Jersey knows best, an' d' Supremos mak-a da rules.

26 posted on 10/04/2002 4:31:09 PM PDT by Greybird
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To: billorites
Did you actually read the post? What are you thinking about?
27 posted on 10/04/2002 4:36:21 PM PDT by Bennett46
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To: billhilly
gore's grades

Gore arrived at Harvard with an impressive 1355 SAT score, 625 verbal and 730 math, compared with Bush's 1206 total from 566 verbal and 640 math. In his sophomore year at Harvard, Gore's grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale. That was the year Gore's classmates remember him spending a notable amount of time in the Dunster House basement lounge shooting pool, watching television, eating hamburgers and occasionally smoking marijuana. His grades temporarily reflected his mildly experimental mood, and alarmed his parents. He received one D, one C-minus, two C's, two C-pluses and one B-minus, an effort that placed him in the lower fifth of the class for the second year in a row.

< a href=" http://www.antonellagambotto.com/Opinion7.htm">gore's grades>

The one course in which he received straight A's was art, which he took all four years of high school." What makes Gore's lackluster grades all the more interesting is that he was, by all accounts, a hard worker. He had to apply himself to be mediocre. And he didn't do much better at Harvard, making a C and a C-minus in his first two English courses.

In his sophomore year, Maraniss writes, "Gore's grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale." That year, Gore received one D, one C-minus, two C's, two C-pluses, and one B-minus. Maraniss reports Gore improved in his junior year and earned a B, a B-minus, and an A-minus in three government courses.

After college and the Army, Gore went to Vanderbilt for graduate work in religious studies. Maraniss says Gore "failed to complete any of the three courses he took in the fall of 1971, and those incompletes eventually lapsed into F's. He returned for another semester in the spring of 1972, when two more incompletes turned into F's."

gore's grades

gore's grades Gore's undergraduate transcript from Harvard is riddled with C's, including a C-minus in introductory economics, a D in one science course, and a C-plus in another. ''In his sophomore year at Harvard,'' the Post reported, ''Gore's grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale.'' Moreover, Gore's graduate school record - consistently glossed over by the press - is nothing short of shameful. In 1971, Gore enrolled in Vanderbilt Divinity School where, according to Bill Turque, author of ''Inventing Al Gore,'' he received F's in five of the eight classes he took over the course of three semesters. Not surprisingly, Gore did not receive a degree from the divinity school. Nor did Gore graduate from Vanderbilt Law School, where he enrolled for a brief time and received his fair share of C's. (Bush went on to earn an MBA from Harvard).

28 posted on 10/04/2002 4:36:37 PM PDT by GailA
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
What's your beef with Braceras?

It's called sarcasm. Stick around and you will find that it's used quite a bit here. And effectively.

29 posted on 10/04/2002 4:38:52 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: connectthedots
He's somewhat less weighty without his wedding band.
30 posted on 10/04/2002 4:42:28 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: buffyt
Also, Bush underwent USAF pilot training and won his wings as a fighter pilot. I have undergone flight training (radar navigator) in the USAF. It is difficult, strenuous, and a real mental challenge. Don't even get me talking about celestial navigation. Shudder! Dummies don't hack it!
31 posted on 10/04/2002 4:50:46 PM PDT by jslade
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To: buffyt
Gore has hillary hips.
32 posted on 10/04/2002 4:55:24 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: buffyt
Thank you!!! This will come in very handy.
33 posted on 10/04/2002 6:08:30 PM PDT by syriacus
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To: GailA
He had to apply himself to be mediocre.

BWHAHAHAHA!! I love this line!

"And YOU want to be my latex salesman??...I don't THINK so..." Jerry to George Costanza, King of the Mediocres.

34 posted on 10/04/2002 6:18:14 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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To: GailA
http://www.antonellagambotto.com/Opinion7.htm

I've gone to this link, as well as the others. I loved these sentences

"The problem is not that Gore is so smart that he just can't help himself. It's that his impulse to kill is so strong -- and obvious -- that it strikes many people as repellent. He's not the smartest kid in the class; he's the class bully."

35 posted on 10/04/2002 6:21:00 PM PDT by syriacus
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To: buffyt
Gore has spent the last week or more bad-mouthing Bush and at his last press appearance, the first question out of a reporter's mouth was, "Why aren't you wearing your wedding ring?" That's how intellectual Little Al is considered to be right now.
36 posted on 10/04/2002 6:24:56 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: Paul Atreides
"At Harvard, Gore set himself formidable intellectual challenges."..... Yeah, like tying his shoes.

Even more challenging was getting all the seeds out of his pot, operating a child-proof lighter, and figuring out which end of the water bong to suck on.

37 posted on 10/04/2002 7:08:13 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: buffyt
The course Gore received his D in was Earth Science, which was a famous gut course designed to enable scientific illiterates to satisfy the science requirement at Harvard--in other words, science for dummies.

Then Gore went on and wrote "Earth in the Balance."

There was a famous web site that posted extracts from Gore's book alongside extracts from the Unibomber's diary, and challenged visitors to distinguish which was which. It was impossible to tell which was which. I tried assuming that the Unibomber's writings would sound crazier; then I tried assuming that Gore's writings would sound crazier. Neither method worked. They were truly indistinguishable.

But if you ask any liberal, even now, you can be sure they will swear that Gore's book was a work of genius which established him as one of the greatest ecological minds of our time.
38 posted on 10/04/2002 7:08:42 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Bennett46
Did you actually read the post? What are you thinking about?

Try again, maybe your brain will stretch this time to accomodate this type of comment. (hint: s a r c a s m)

39 posted on 10/04/2002 7:11:02 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: buffyt
Good one, buffy! Thanks for posting! Now bookmarked for posterity.... and so I can throw this back in the Dummycrats' faces when they try to pull that fake intellectual c.r.a.p. on all of us.
40 posted on 10/04/2002 7:36:29 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
I researched this back in 2000, the only degree al earned is a B.A. in Government, Harvard 1969. He earned no post-graduate degree.
41 posted on 10/04/2002 7:46:43 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: jackbill
Thanks. I'm new here, but I wasn't born the day I signed up. I usually get the sarcasm when there is some sort of context. There wasn't any here. Do you know billorites?
42 posted on 10/04/2002 8:13:36 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy
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To: Cicero
Then Gore went on and wrote "Earth in the Balance."

Are you sure about that?

43 posted on 10/04/2002 8:16:37 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: buffyt

Eisenhower was greatly underrated. People don't know he wass top of his class at war college, which was one reason he was picked by McArthur at his right-hand man and wrote many of the General's speeches. When McArthur went to the Phillipines, Eisenhower went with him. The two men had a falling out and after Ike returned to the States, he was picked up by George Marshall, who set him to planning the Louisiana manuevers in which Eisenhower so distinguished himself that he became a favorite of Marshall. Jobs for which Marshall himself was suited: the command in North Africa and the command of Overlord, were handed to Eisenhower.

Eisenhower shows best in
his official papers, where he demonstrates a crisp style and
high intelligence. Even his speeches has a sharpness and directness that is lacking in his later, political ones.
His reputation as a dullard came as a result of his short tenure as president of Columbia. He had no use for men of high pretension. As a military officer and as a politician he was determined not to be like McArthur, and it was equally so at Columbia. He liked associating with businessmen of accomplishment, which was his job, of course since they had money to bring to Columbia. He did not get along well with the faculty, whom he recognized as mainly men of mediocore gifts amd great vanity.

As President of the United States He seems to have regarded press conferences much less highly than the press did. As Overlord Commander he had preferered to let others step forward into the press spotlight, so much that he had to be urged to go forward and make himself known. The press knew he did not take them, or at least the "shows" seriously, and liked to portray Ike's grudging and half-articulated answers as evidence of his lack of intelligence. So by and large the chattering classes did not appreciate one of the most accomplished figures of the 20th Century.


44 posted on 06/29/2004 6:48:35 AM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Note: this topic is from October 2002.
Gore's undergraduate transcript from Harvard is riddled with C's, including a C-minus in introductory economics, a D in one science course, and a C-plus in another.

45 posted on 11/29/2008 8:49:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Desdemona; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; Normandy; Delacon; ...
Thanx ! ... oh, and see America's resident Ecotard Buffoon here, circa 1992.

 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

46 posted on 11/29/2008 11:06:45 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: steelyourfaith

But...but, he was the genius who invented the internet. He even said so!


47 posted on 11/30/2008 12:18:51 AM PST by rdl6989
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