John Kerry's report card

Irrefutable proof that George W. Bush is no dumber than the man he beat in November!

By Tim Grieve
Published June 7, 2005 1:22PM (EDT)

Why do we have the feeling that Bill O'Reilly's viewers and Rush Limbaugh's listeners are going to be hearing more about the following story than they will about, say, the 18 people killed in Iraq today or the lies that got the United States into the war in the first place?

From the Boston Globe: Newly released records show that George W. Bush and John Kerry had "virtually identical grade averages" when they were students at Yale. In 1999, the New Yorker revealed that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 in his first three years at Yale and a similar average in his senior year. Kerry's Yale grades, which were released this week with his Navy records, show a similarly middling level of academic accomplishment: a four-year average of 76, which Yale at the time would have placed in the "C" range.

In a statement yesterday, Kerry said he spent much of his time at Yale preparing to fly rather than engaging in his studies. The right will likely pick up on another aspect of the story: One of Kerry's best grades was in French.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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