Tuesday, June 07, 2005

John Kerry: Intellectual

No wonder he didn't want his records released. I thought Bush was supposed to be the dumb one. Although I always found it ironic that people criticize someone with a Harvard MBA as "dumb". Heck, I could only get into UW.

WASHINGTON -- During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.

But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.

In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

Let's not forget, he studied at a boarding school in Switzerland, and took summer vacations in France, where his family owned an estate. And this was the best he could manage ?!

His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.


Be said...

It struck me as odd that the media were trumpeting his so-called fluency in French, as what I'd heard was pretty unimpressive.

Bush's Spanish, on the the other hand, was good. He's not fluent, but pretty darn proficient. The clarity I grew to like in English (gaffes aside) was there as well.

Anonymous said...

He certainly does have an enormous ego. He really believes he has a chance in '08. If I were him, I would let everybody believed that I was smart, and too intelligent for the red-staters. Now he is definitely a laughing stock. As a matter of fact, it's hard to get 4D's in a year even before grade inflation. I guess there is some sort of consideration from Yale because of his background, a lesser mortal would have been suspended, or kicked out.

Pat said...

Tour of Duty, the Brinkley book, stated in so many words that Kerry was not a great student. At one point he mentions that his senior year of college he majored in "flying".

James B. said...

But his grades actually got better as he went along. I guess they don't have numerical grades for your senior year at Yale. Ironically Bush became the fighter pilot, and Kerry went on to drive boats.

J. said...

Bush still is the dumb one!

J. said...

Bush became the fighter pilot sure, and then went AWOL. Oh and the DUI - real smart.