Donald Trump's latest demand: release Obama college transcripts

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Donald Trump has turned his attention to another part of President Obama's past and this time it's about his academic achievement.

Without using the words, "affirmative action", Trump has rekindled public resentment about college and graduate school admissions' policies that use academic achievement, as only one of many factors taken into account when looking at an application.

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Calling Obama a "terrible student" he asked the Associated Press, "How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard."

Donald Trump wants President Obama to release his Columbia University transcript, to buttress Trump's theory that the President didn't deserve to be in an Ivy League undergraduate program and accepted into one of their graduate programs.The President chose not to do that during his presidential run in 2008. He along with his opponent, John McCain did not include their undergraduate records in the public disclosure package reviewed by the media.

Trump is not the first to this party. None other than the Wall Street Journal carried a 2008 op-ed piece setting forth a theory about then candidate Obama's decision, to withhold his Columbia University transcript. It concluded that either he is embarrassed by his grades, or something is fishy about how little we know about how he spent his time at the New York City campus.

If his grades were average or poor, in the opinion of the article's author, it would make a case for affirmative action policies gaining him entrance to Harvard Law School. Obama transferred to Columbia University for his junior and senior years, putting him in a class of applicants that does not receive the same scrutiny as a four-year applicant

What Donald Trump has done in his latest attention-grabbing headline moment, is make it seem that Obama's path to glory was not earned, conveniently ignoring Obama's predecessor and his travels through academia. George W. Bush's acceptance by Yale is not a mystery to Trump and apparently doesn't qualify as an example of affirmative action. That is because he was known as a "legacy student" who came from a long line of Yalies including his father and grandfather.

Harvard Business School accepted Bush after he ended his Yale days as a "C" student. The wheels were greased there as well. CNN reported in the early days of George Bush's presidency that Harvard's acceptance rate for legacy students is 40% of those that apply, compared to 11% of those who don't have Harvard bloodlines.

It is difficult, if not impossible for Trump to question Obama's achievements after he made it to Harvard Law. The President earned the title of editor of the Harvard Law Review, something that one's genealogy doesn't confer on a person.

It is still a few weeks from the season finale of Donald Trump's reality program, "Celebrity Apprentice." With the end to the birth certificate issue, although Trump wants the document scrutinized to be certain it is not a forgery, the bombastic tycoon needs another cause to keep him in the headlines.

Television ratings can be driven by any number of factors that include dabbling in presidential election runs and salacious gossip. Trump is facing the prospect that NBC might not renew the show. What better way to increase interest in the program and keep alive his hope of a new season or seasons, than by calling the president a "terrible student" and stoking the flames of resentment about his achievement?

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Submitted by RB (not verified) on
Trumps not the President of the United States, Imbecile. Nor does he hold ANY Public Political Office. Moot point, Simple Simon...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Obama also was a legacy. His dad was a Harvard grad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Obama is clearly the most intelligent president the US has had in a long time, so this transcript business is clearly a non-issue.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It's all about racism. Trump is doing what Oklahoma GOP law makers have been doing for generations. Race baiting.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Am sure Trump never went to University yet his pointing finges. What a bastard

Submitted by SemperEquitas (not verified) on
Obama,Mccain, and all presidential/vice-presidential candidates should have their transcripts looked at. This is one of the most important jobs in the united states. To not ask for proof of birth citizenship or college transcripts, is a failing of the media and the public. The media fawned over obama instead of doing their jobs. Obama was not straight forward, and did not provide what he should have. Now he wants to marginalise people who deserve to know. He owes it to all of america to provide them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I want to see Trump's official transcripts. Didn't he graduate from clown school? He must have flunked because I don't find his idiotic comments funny.

Submitted by RB (not verified) on
he's far more intelligent than you are ? What do you do for a living? Sell Hot Dogs at the Ballpark ? Success speaks for itself. Jealousy will get yo nowhere, Socialist Loser. Now get back on your Shinebox at Bughouse Square. And try to remember to take a bath this month.

Submitted by dan (not verified) on
P ulminologist


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