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April 28, 2011

Chris Matthews and Clarence Page: Trump Must Be Talking About Bush When He Says "How Did He Get Into a Good School" (Chuckle, Chuckle)
Chris Matthews Ten Minutes Later: No One Would Ever Question the Academic Chops of a White President!

Bumped For Hot Video: At the Right Scoop.

No, he really said this. Ten minutes apart.

First, bringing up Transcriptism, Clarence Page chuckled that "He [Trump] must have his presidents mixed up," meaning it must be Bush who needed special help to get into Yale (and Harvard Business).

They both had themselves a laugh at that. How dumb Bush is! They've been saying that for ten years, of course.

Then, next segment, still marveling that only a racist could question a president's academic ability, he said, quote, "They would never say this about a white president!!!"

Um? Didn't you? Like five minutes ago?

Didn't you? For ten years straight?

And then, in case you completely forgot about the last ten years, I repeat: Didn't you just five minutes ago?

This is not about "racism." This is simply about their certainty that Bush was dumb and Obama is smart.

I'm not so sure. Am I racist?

Why? Because I'm supposed to just assume that someone who gets into an Ivy school is smart, the same as Matthews and Page don't as regards Bush?

And let me point out: by Chris Matthews apparent rule, it would in fact be racist of Page to make this joke, since his unstated premise seems to be you can only talk smack about a president of your own race.

I've asked TRScoop to cut the video. It's good for a laugh.

Seems to me that if a president is screwing up left and right, it's fair to doubt his intelligence. It has a long, long tradition.

It seems to me the only reason we can't ask about Obama's is precisely because he's half-black.

Okay, fine. I am specifically not questioning the IQ of his black half. That would be racist. I'm sure that part must be brilliant, because it must be (black, so it must be). I'll say that I am convinced his black half has an IQ of 155.

I am specifically challenging the IQ of his stupid white half. Which I think has an IQ of 77.

So I think his combined average IQ, of his brilliant black half and his stupid white half, is 116.

Not even close to genius.


Apparently Some Special Pluses Are Okay To Note: sydney jane makes a point I was just about to, and adds a 2003 CNN citation besides:

Hmm, the legacy admission (Bush) vs the affirmative action admission (Obama). In both cases, the Ivies have lower admission standards. But, as for no one ever questioning Bush's academics, I found this from an old CNN article, titled How Affirmative Action Helped George W, from 2003.
"They may not have had an explicit point system at Yale in 1964, but Bush clearly got in because of affirmative action. Affirmative action for the son and grandson of alumni. Affirmative action for a member of a politically influential family. Affirmative action for a boy from a fancy prep school. These forms of affirmative action still go on."

No, no one would ever question Bush's academic credentials.

Nope, never.

Bush: Yale, Harvard Business School = stupid and we can question if he got in via a special program with took other factors into account apart from pure academic firepower

Obama: Occidental (what?), Columbia, Harvard Law = obviously brilliant and we cannot question if he got in (or got Law Review) via a special program which took other factors into account apart from pure academic firepower, even though he says he undoubtedly did benefit from such a program in a New York Times article

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