What C students can do

Hey, so Bush and Kerry had almost identical grades in Yale. Kerry is finally getting around to releasing his military and school records (months after promising to do so), and now we all know Kerry isn’t as smart as so many people thought he was.

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.

. . .

The transcript shows that Kerry’s freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.

Under Yale’s grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade. In addition to Kerry’s four D’s in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year. He did not fail any courses

Of course, we already had a hint at this a while ago. Apart from the obvious fodder this will give Republicans, I think it’s interesting that both of these men, sometimes below average students, have accomplished so much and achieved such a high degree of power. I guess it goes to show you grades aren’t everything. Maybe I shouldn’t have worked so hard in undergrad . . .

Oh man, and check out these pictures:

For some reason Kerry reminds me of Quasimodo, and Bush, well, he does kinda look like a monkey. What’s with that unibrow?!

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