Skip to comments.GORE'S DUBIOUS SCHOOL RECORD
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.
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.
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.
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".
c) Person of color
d) Fill in the blank
Get back in line Ms. Braceras.
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.
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What's your beef with Braceras?
>>>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
Based on recent reports, Gore is 'more weighty' too.
Yeah, like tying his shoes.
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.
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.
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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 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).
It's called sarcasm. Stick around and you will find that it's used quite a bit here. And effectively.
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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.
Try again, maybe your brain will stretch this time to accomodate this type of comment. (hint: s a r c a s m)
Are you sure about that?
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.
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.
But...but, he was the genius who invented the internet. He even said so!