Candidates' Educational Backgrounds

  • dfrourke

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    Oct 02, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    OK...I know formal education isn't everything, but given all that is happening right now in our country...why are we not demanding the smartest people in office...I don't want an "average joe six-pack American" [as Palin said] in office trying to fix the economy...give me my money's worth!

    Here you go...decide for yourself...

    Obama:
    Occidental College - Two years.
    Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
    Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

    Biden:
    University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
    Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

    McCain:
    United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 of 899

    Palin:
    Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
    North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
    University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
    Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
    University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

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    Oct 02, 2008 6:45 AM GMT
    I doubt if educational level has anything to do with how well a person will govern. I think it has more to do with leadership and people skills. All you have to do is look at Clinton's educational level. All he got accomplished in 8 years was the Family Leave Act. Oh, and a few wise vetoes.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • dfrourke

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    Oct 02, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    whether you are a Pres. Clinton fan or not...he left office with the largest government budget surplus of any modern president...and at this point...I'm not certain how much a president governs these days...so, I still want the smartest person...we've already seen the alternative...

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    Oct 02, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    After 8 years of a blithering idiot in office I'll be excited to have someone with a bit more intelligence calling the shots.
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    Oct 02, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidwhether you are a Pres. Clinton fan or not...he left office with the largest government budget surplus of any modern president...and at this point...I'm not certain how much a president governs these days...so, I still want the smartest person...we've already seen the alternative...

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    Most analyst would say... Thanks to Alan Greenspan, not Clinton.
    I hope for a president who can LEAD and an education does not a leader make...

    And sadly, no one is calling either candidate a "capable" leader.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    BodyWork4 saidMost analyst would say... Thanks to Alan Greenspan, not Clinton.
    I hope for a president who can LEAD and an education does not a leader make...

    And sadly, no one is calling either candidate a "capable" leader.



    Well, Greenspan was still chair under Bush when that surplus disappeared. He has nothing to do with the budget what so ever.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    Here at the University of Idaho, tellingly enough, nobody seems particularly quick to claim Palin as one of our grads...

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    Oct 02, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    A college education is great (I'm a grad), but that is not the main issue for me.

    It is who they will pick to sit on their cabinet. The President is basically a public relations face. The people who make most choices are those who he picks to surround himself by.
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    Oct 02, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    You guys are waaaay too hard on saracuda. After all, she mastered the Sit-n-Spin at a very young age.

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    Oct 02, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    Sarah was talking to her really really close gay friend (whom nobody in Alaska seems to know, btw), and said "oh, I'm so excited, I just finished a really really hard jigsaw puzzle!".

    "Oh, really? How long did it take?" asked the friend"

    Sarah replied "7 months".

    "Isn't that a long time, Sarah?" asked her friend.

    Sarah said "no, the box said 3 to 5 years".