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Michelle Obama’s College Record

In the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about the college records of the presidential candidates, VP candidates, and our current president and VP.  But it seems like the brainiest one out of the whole bunch may be prospective First Lady Michelle Obama.

Check out Michelle Obama’s educational background.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, Obama (whose maiden name was Michelle LaVaughn Robinson) was a brilliant and curious child who pulled herself out of her poverty-stricken childhood through hard work and academic talent.  She could read by the time she was four and skipped the second grade.

After attending a prestigious Chicago magnet school, to which she had been handpicked, Obama was accepted to Princeton University, where she was one of only a few African American students.  At Princeton, she majored in sociology and African American studies.  She found her minority status to be a challenge, and wrote an honor’s thesis about that experience.  Despite the challenge, Obama graduated cum laude from Princeton.  Immediately afterward, she attended and graduated from Harvard University School of Law.

Now that sounds like a role model!

Read more about the college records of Cindy McCain, Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney.

Cindy McCain’s College Record

Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, may fool you. With her cheerleader blonde good looks — and, indeed, she was a college cheerleader — the first impression that many people have of this child of wealthy parents is that she’s a bit of a trophy wife to her significantly older husband.

But don’t let appearances fool you.  She’s no spoiled snob.  Did you know that Cindy McCain was a special ed teacher?

Cindy McCain — whose maiden name was Cindy Lou Hensley — graduated from Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 1972, where she earned the title of Rodeo Queen and was voted Best Dressed.  She then went on to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (which, according to unconfirmed rumors throughout the blogosphere, John McCain has referred to as the “university of spoiled children.”)  McCain earned a BA in education in 1976, and then earned an MA in special education in 1978.   Although McCain came from a privileged background, she declined a role in her family beer distribution business, and instead went on to become a special ed teacher who worked with children with Down’s syndrome.

Pretty impressive, especially compared to her husband, who graduated 894 out of 899 in his Naval Academy class.

Read more about the college records of Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney.

College Transcripts of George W. Bush Show C Average

George W. Bush wasn’t the best college student around.  But at least he’s been up front about his college record, unlike Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Sarah Palin. John McCain, on the other hand, has been quite upfront about the fact that he was ranked 894 out of 899 in the Naval Academy.

In fact, George W. Bush has openly released his Yale University undergraduate transcript.  As you can see, Bush truly was a solid C student.  He never got an A in anything the entire time that he was in college (although he never got a D or an F either).  Bush almost got As in history and anthropology, and earned a high pass in Japanese, of all things.  However, he received a 71 and a 73 respectively in his two political science and government classes.  His lowest grade was in sociology — a 70.

Bush earned a 1206 on the SATs, which is pretty good.  These days, though, a 1200 won’t get you anywhere near Yale, so I wonder how true that was back then, and how much Bush’s father’s connections had to do with getting him in.

Joe Biden’s GPA and College Record

When I was watching the vice presidential debate, I was amazed by how intelligent and articulate Joe Biden came across.  Thus, it surprised me to find out that Biden didn’t do particularly well in college at all.

Biden attended the University of Delaware at Newark, where he earned a degree in history and political science in 1965. According to Paul Taylor’s See How they Run: Electing the President in an Age of Mediaocracy, Biden graduated 506 out of 688 in his class. Somehow, he managed to get into the Syracuse University College of Law. There, he admits that he underperformed as a law student, unlike Barack Obama, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

Read more about Joe Biden’s University background, and check out the college records of Barack Obama, John McCain, and Sarah Palin.

Common Misspellings: Joseph Biden, Joseph Biden Jr., Jo Biden, Joe Byden, Joe Bidin

Sarah Palin’s GPA and College Record

Was Sarah Palin a success or a failure in college?  The Internet is positively abuzz with that question, but the answer is a mystery.

Sarah Palin attended six different colleges before she finally graduated with a degree in Communications/Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.  Sources say that as a kid, she was kind of a bookworm, but that at college she didn’t distinguish herself.  But really, that’s about all we know.

Palin really ought to just come out and tell us her GPA. Seriously, nobody seems to care that Joe Biden graduated 506 out of 688 from his class, or that McCain finished nearly dead last in his. I mean, how much worse could Palin’s record be? Americans seem to be more put off by evasiveness than they are by poor grades, so she may as well just release her transcripts.

Read more about Sarah Palin’s university background, along with the college records of Barack Obama, John McCain, and Joe Biden.

Common Misspellings: Sara Palin, Sarah Pallin, Sarah Palen, Sara Palen


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