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How did Obama get into those Ivy League Schools?

If you look over the evidence, you do have to wonder how he got into all those Ivy League schools:

The dean looked over Barack’s transcript and college boards and then suggested in a kindly way that he apply to some less competitive colleges in addition to Columbia.

There were no class rankings at his high school, but Barack never made honor roll even one term, unlike 110 boys in his class.

His SAT scores were 566 for the verbal part and 640 for math. Those were far below the median scores for students admitted to his class at Columbia: 668 verbal and 718 math.

At Columbia, Barack Obama distinguished himself primarily as a hard partier, and he managed to be detained by police twice during his university years: once for stealing a Christmas wreath as a fraternity prank and once for trying to tear down the goalposts during a football game at Princeton.

Obama’s transcript at Columbia shows that he was a solid C student. Although a history major, he sampled widely in the social sciences and did poorly in political science and economics while achieving some of his best grades (the equivalent of a B+) in philosophy and anthropology. The transcript indicates that in Obama’s freshman year, the only year for which rankings were available, he was in the twenty-first percentile of his class—meaning that four-fifths of the students were above him. Yet at the same time that he was earning Cs at Columbia, Obama displayed a formidable intelligence in another way. At his induction into the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity, he and others were asked to name all fifty-four pledges in the room. Most were were able to name only five or six. When it was Obama’s turn, he named every single one. Later he rose to become president of DKE, and he was also tapped into Skull and Bones, an elite secret society to which his father had also belonged.

And then he somehow got into Harvard for graduate school.

Oops, wait a minute, there’s been a mistake. Please replace “high school” with “Andover”, replace “Columbia” with “Yale”, and replace “Barack Obama” with “George W. Bush”.

Now I think we do know how he got into those Ivy League schools.

[Huge hat tip to for the original biographical material, and to for pointing out the hypocrisy of people (cough, Trump, Tea Party) who question Obama’s education.]



  1. Max wrote:

    Yeah, but Bush did it the good way, by being born rich. Not by being born smart and black, which is so much less fair.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Obama was not born black. He is half white and a descendant of King Edward the first of England.

    When he wrote his first book, he made it very clear, he was not a student until he went to Harvard. He matured by then.

    I can identify with that having never been a student and getting the highest scores in my nursing class boards at the University of Delaware. The rest of the class was studying while I read Perry Mason mysteries.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  3. Max wrote:

    Black is not about biology, it’s a social construct. Obama is 100% black.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  4. Rufus wrote:

    “Black is not about biology, it’s a social construct. Obama is 100% black.”

    Well that explains Bill Clinton’s 100%.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  5. Stan wrote:

    Yes, that was Bush, not Obama. Obama’s SAT scores were….Oh, that;s right. Obama had his high school records sealed, so no one knows what his scores were. But when he was at Columbia his GPA was….sealed. We don’t know what his grades were there either. He’s a man of intrigue.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink
  6. Rosemary wrote:

    Obama’s intelligence is obvious; so was Bush’s lack thereof. Whoever let Obama into graduate school was a better judge of academic merit, or more regard for it, than the person who let G.W. in.

    This appears to be a warped case of special pleading by lumbering Elephant Voters who probably don’t have the brains or the money to get into graduate school themselves.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  7. BTN wrote:

    You hooked me, I didn’t see that twist coming until the last paragraph.

    Stan, you missed the point: if how Obama got into Columbia was so important, how come Republican were not concerned about how Bush got into Yale?

    Also, my GUESS is that Affirmative Action may have helped Obama, and he doesn’t want people to find that out, for obvious reasons. Also, while I don’t favor race-based Affirmative Action, clearly a future president of the Harvard Law Review deserved to be there on a strictly merit-based review.

    Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  8. christa wrote:

    The key statement that everyone (democrat and republican) should be leary about is the part that mentioned The Skull and Bones Society. Look it up; as well as the illumnati, Bilderbergs, and Bohemian Grove. Scary stuff!

    Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  9. Norm wrote:

    The main issue here that Americans elected a president who achieved nothing in any realm of life. No wonder he is such a failure.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink
  10. Iron Knee wrote:

    Did you even read the entire main posting, Norm?

    I thought not. No wonder you are such a failure.

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink