It is interesting that all of a sudden, the schemes of the elitist to get their own into “prestigious” universities is now coming out when it has been going on for decades in one way or another.
For the most part, conservative elitists may pay for tutors, mentors, or better academic environments, but Leftists will mow over anyone standing in the way of their children’s success.
The Hollywood celebrities and alumni who are caught up in the current pay-for-play scandals at top universities certainly are not the first to participate in these schemes.
This leads us to how the Obamas got admitted to Harvard, when evidence suggest they were far from having the academic skills require.
Jack Cashill writes,
People have been scamming their ways into prestige universities for decades, maybe centuries, but in the past they have had the good sense not to put the cash on the table. It seems that in this scandal a few of the bribers and their brokers may well pay for their indiscretion with prison sentences as well.
The media pretend to be shocked. In an editorial on the scandal, the New York Times singled out Harvard University for its “special admissions preferences and back doors for certain applicants.” This is the same New York Times, however, that published an entirely uncritical article three years prior headlined, “Malia Obama Rebels, Sort of, by Choosing Harvard.”
Malia is the fourth member of the Obama family to attend that august university, none of whom, save perhaps for Grandpa Obama, deserved to be there.
Let’s start with Obama Sr., the only member of the extended family to attend college before the affirmative action/diversity era. Obama arrived at Harvard in the early 1960s with the goal of getting a Ph.D. in economics. According to biographer Sally Jacobs, Obama “struggled” with his studies but managed to get a Masters degree.
Alas, the university booted him out on moral grounds before he could get his doctorate. An inveterate playboy despite his two ongoing marriages, Obama had an affair with a high-school girl. Denied his Ph.D., says Jacobs, “He goes on to claim the title, nonetheless. He’s Dr. Obama. The older he gets, the more he claims it.” As will be seen, intellectual fraud runs in the family.
Leftists have touted Obama as being the smartest person to occupy the Oval Office. Yet, he won’t release his grades. It is common that prospective employers want to know your college GPA. Why wouldn’t a Harvard graduate and president of Law Review want folks to know how he fared?
The most likely answer would be: His academic scores were substandard.
Not only Barrack’s, but so were his wife’s.
Michelle was the next to attend Harvard, in her case Harvard Law School. “Told by counselors that her SAT scores and her grades weren’t good enough for an Ivy League school,” writes Christopher Andersen in Barack and Michelle, “Michelle applied to Princeton and Harvard anyway.”
Sympathetic biographer Liza Mundy writes, “Michelle frequently deplores the modern reliance on test scores, describing herself as a person who did not test well.” She did not write well either. Mundy charitably describes her senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” as “dense and turgid.”
Does anybody expect Malia or Sasha to be any different?
Most Americans are average ordinary folks and there is nothing wrong with that, but Leftists don’t like to be identified as ordinary, so they scheme to get into the universities that are considered to be the best by the elite.
The Obamas are no more Ivy League material than the average American, but royalty has been bestowed upon them, and now their family has the pedigree to be considered intellectuals.
It’s nothing more than a media created fantasy, that they are so much smarter than the average American.
For more insight into this, check out Cashill’s entire article. It provides much more insight into why the Obamas were hardly Harvard material.