Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Which C Student Did You Vote For?

Included in Senator John Kerry's Navy records, which he finally allowed to be released, were his Yale undergraduate grades. Now, I don't want to be partisan here, but, based on college grades, there was no mental heavy lifting in 2004's Presidential race. According to the Boston Globe:

Kerry had four D's in his freshman year (three in history classes). Bush had only one (astrology).

Neither Kerry nor Bush had an A for any class. Kerry's highest grade was an 89 (political science class), and Bush had three classes in which he scored an 88 (anthropology, history and philosophy).

Bush's cumulative GPA was a 78, while Kerry's was a 77.

Kerry's best grades his freshman year were in (no surprises here) a political science (high C - 79) and French class (77).

It would have been nice to have had this information in the election cycle. Based on the ancient history of college life, Bush had a slight edge in the academic department.

Most interesting to me: I think that Bush has, as President anyhow, shown a true appreciation for history and political philosophy. That is consistent with his best grades at Yale, though they were only a high B. Kerry, on the other hand, did well in what I would have expected -- French and politics.

Now, is there any doubt who has the uglier college picture? Kerry's photo makes me thing two words: mouth breather.


At 5:26 PM, Blogger Pile OnĀ® said...

This must have been before the days of brow tweezers.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

Well I'm not sure grades mean all that much frankly.

I didn't exactly apply myself when I was younger - I hated school. In college, my Russian teacher sent a guy named Dave P. across campus to fetch me one morning - my idiot roomates let him in and he lifted me out of bed and carried me, kicking and yelling, across the Green in the snow in a state of deshabille to my 8 o'clock class when I'd been out partying on frat row until 4 am the night before. I was *not* amused.

Dave had a big crush on me - he was an awfully nice guy, so I couldn't be mad at him. I had a quiz that morning. Try looking at Cyrillic when you're still half-drunk and half-hung-over...


At 5:40 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Cass, I noted the "ancient history" that was college. Besides, I can't believe you could pay attention to the words with that Kerry photo staring you in the face. I can actually hear him breating when I look at it.

But since I kicked ass in college and law school, I must whole heartedly disagree. If you didn't do well in college, well, then you didn't. And your punishment is might become President. So there!

At 5:43 PM, Blogger KJ said...

OK, Cass, so you partied a bit much. But consider this: here we have a Senator and almost President, and a President. And neither one of them got a friggin' single, solitary A in their entire college career. I went to a hard college with lots of Yale quality students. Helk, I was recruited by Yale's football coach when I was in high school. Grade inflation and side interest or not, that sucks!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Plus, the humor of the whole Kerry smart, Bush dumb crowd.

Arrrgggggghhhhh. I still hear him breathing! Someone give him an oxegyn mask!

At 6:38 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

I hear Yale's hard.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger POFPSC said...

Damn it KJ, you made me read that whole article to find out if they really teach astrology at Yale.

They don't.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

Well I had about a B, B- average at Dartmouth (and I didn't even go to half my classes before I quit). I don't know what that says about me. Probably it was time to go - why I left. When I went back to school I had a 4.0 but I don't imagine it was as hard as Yale :)

But there is *wicked* grade inflation at the Ivies too. There is competition but on the otter heiny, you got in there so presumably you can compete. I should have been failing :)

Ironically my worst grade was the Biology of Human Sexuality. I thought it would be a gut and it was *awful*.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Yeah, Bush's D was in astronomy. But astrology is funnier.

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Rocky Mtn. Lioness said...

You're cracking me UP. Imagine what it sounds like when he eats? AAAAAHHHHHHHH!

That pic just goes to show you that age can't always be blamed for oooogly!

Meanwhile, Dubya is rather handsome. Betcha I know which of the 2 was the chic magnet, whilst the other was just a maggot.

[*lame attempt to justify my mean spirited poopyheadedness* If Kerry wasn't such a disingenuous, traitorous FRAUD, I'd probably ...maybe...go easier on him about his creature features]

Kerry & Clinton bombed out pretty bad in spelling bees. Both spelled harrass as two words.


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