START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,313,312 people care about Politics

Donald Trump Says Obama Wasn’t Qualified for the Ivy League

Donald Trump Says Obama Wasn’t Qualified for the Ivy League

There has been much speculation of late about whether Donald Trump will actually join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, or whether he is simply trying to garner publicity for his latest TV show.  In the meantime, Trump has reignited the absurd “birther” debate over whether President Obama is a U.S. citizen, and is now questioning Obama’s educational credentials.

“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Trump said in an interview earlier this week. “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”

This is a bizarre tactic, to say the least, because Obama, who attended Columbia University for his undergraduate education and went on to Harvard Law School, has impeccable credentials.  It’s true that he transferred to Columbia from Occidential College in California, and indicated in his memoir that his grades had not always been perfect, but his performance at Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, clearly illustrates that he deserved to attend these elite institutions.

Obama has refused to release his academic transcripts, which seems like a logical move to protect his privacy.  Trump, however, sees this as an effort to conceal information. 

“I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard,” Trump said. “We don’t know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”

Speculations about Trump’s friends’ children’s credentials nonwithstanding, I think we can say unequivocally that Obama is intelligent and hard-working enough to have deserved his Ivy League education.  Presidents in the past have released poor academic transcripts (George W. Bush’s was available on his campaign website), and the fact that a “C” student attended Yale University and later served two terms as president should, perhaps, be more alarming to Trump, who seems to be latching onto the most ridiculous objections to Obama’s presidency in an attempt to direct the limelight onto himself.

Thankfully, support for Trump seems to be waning.  Half of Americans say that Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president, and over 60 percent of voters, including almost half of Republicans, say that they would definitely not cast a ballot for Trump.  This is less hopeful, however, given that 46% of Americans say they will definitely not vote for Obama.

 

Read more: , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

210 comments

+ add your own
6:27PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Trump's an ass.

4:09PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Darren, you asked him to shut up! No way, Donald Trump must say something controversial to attract public attention. If he stop yapping no one will remember who is Donald Trump; most probably he cannot survive if secluded from the public eyes.

11:08AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

The Quentin Crisp look-alike should just shut up.

11:08AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

If any American vote to pick a President the person have to be better than Donald Trump. Donald Trump is laughing stork though he have money to show, money cannot buy intelligent especially to discuss politics with the world diplomats. We don't want to see a duplicate of GWB...

11:08AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

If any American vote to pick a President the person have to be better than Donald Trump. Donald Trump is laughing stork though he have money to show, money cannot buy intelligent especially to discuss politics with the world diplomats. We don't want to see a duplicate of GWB...

1:18AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Interesting article and comments..

1:18AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Interesting article and comments..

1:18AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Interesting article and comments..

1:18AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Interesting article and comments..

2:16PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Donald Trump would be the perfect president of his own fan club. He's his own biggest fan.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

so glad all are safe. he's a great dog that loves his dad.

Animals are fascinating, each in the their own way. If more humans knew the truth about their habits…

The hunters in Taiji are allowed to kill 261 dolphins per season, which is usually about 6 months long.…

meet our writers

Colleen H. Colleen H. is an Online Campaigner with Care2 and a recent transplant to San Francisco from the East... more
ads keep care2 free



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.