Tuesday, June 7, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Kerry’s Yale Grades Similar to Bush’s

Sen. John F. Kerry (news, bio, voting record)’s grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush’s record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Kerry had a cumulative average of 76 and got four Ds his freshman year — in geology, two history courses and political science, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

His grades improved with time, and he averaged an 81 his senior year and earned an 89 — his highest grade — in political science as a senior.

And Bush:

In 1999, The New Yorker magazine published a transcript showing Bush had a cumulative grade average of 77 his first three years at Yale, and a similar average under a non-numerical rating system his senior year.

Bush’s highest grade at Yale was an 88 in anthropology, history and philosophy. He received one D in his four years, a 69 in astronomy, and improved his grades after his freshman year, the transcript showed.

And why do we know this only now?

Kerry, a Democrat, previously declined to release the transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, the Globe reported.

Amusing. Ultimately it doesn’t mean much, but amsuing nonetheless.

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2 Responses to “Bush v. Kerry: GPA Soulmates”

  1. Matthew Shugart Says:

    Amusing, indeed. Maybe he would have picked up some more of what in 1992 was called the “Bubba vote” if he had come clean. “See, I’m not an itellectual. I got D’s too.”

  2. PoliBlog: Politics is the Master Science » Not a Bang, but a Whimper Says:

    [...] e to make it appear that there might be something being hidden. Aside from revealing that he wasn’t a mental giant in college, which is a marginal finding that barely rates above “amusing& [...]

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