Video: Carney dodges question about Obama’s college transcript

posted at 6:05 pm on January 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Forget birth certificates and tax returns: What really qualifies a person for president is straight As in college. No? Never mind, then. But wait — as long as we’re fixating on documents that, in the end, have no effect whatsoever on job creation or economic growth, why can’t we see Barack Obama’s college transcripts? As it turns out, Jay Carney didn’t say we can’t; he just referred Fox reporter Ed Henry to the Obama campaign. (Incidentally, I love how jaunty Henry is in this video. Why can’t more reporters be like that?)

The question-and-answer between Henry and Carney occurred in the context of a discussion about whether Mitt Romney should or shouldn’t, will or won’t release his tax returns. Carney did make it clear the president and he thinks that’s a “good idea“:

“I think we’ve answered this a bunch. The tradition of releasing income tax records for serious potential nominees, and nominees of the two parties is well established. It’s not a law. But it’s well established. It’s one this President abided by when he was a Senator. It’s one numerous Republicans and Democrats have abided by and we think its a good idea.”

At any rate, Romney clarified this morning that he will release his returns in April — so expect to hear more about this until he does. Just kidding. Let’s hope not.

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It’s not a law. But it’s well established.

just like a POTUS being pro-America in his policies , right ?

burrata on January 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Guess who performed the ceremony?

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Jeremiah Wright?

Syzygy on January 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

We have a Winnah!

http://senatorobama.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/obamamarriage.jpg

What is so interesting is that to get a Wedding License in Cook County IL, one must present Photo ID! It can be:

State drivers license
State identification
U.S. passport
U.S. Armed Forces identification card

No BC needed, unless one is 16 or 17 years old.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

All this does is make some people look obsessed.

tetriskid on January 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Was the Washington Post “obsessed” when they obtained Bush and Gore’s
academic records in the runup to the 2000 election?

Or how about the Associated Press in 2004? They successfully sued the Bush White House to release his military records, then failed to do the same to his Democrat “opponent”.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Obama has spent millions of dollars hidding his past..doesn’t sound fishy at all right? he hides his college transcripts and passports and all that because it would show his true, marxist, socialist side…sure we all know he is one now but this would put it in writing

sadsushi on January 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Obama cannot release his academic records or any personal records because it is against the law. The first executive order of his administration sealed them forever.

vicar7 on January 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

We have a Winnah!

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Woo-hoo! What do I win?

What is so interesting is that to get a Wedding License in Cook County IL, one must present Photo ID!

Why, those racist bastids!

Syzygy on January 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Oh me oh my! Asking for JugEars college grades!…and not a post from Lobotomy4life! Wonder why?

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM
I got married in Cook County in 1980. I needed a B.C. Just sayin.’

sadsushi on January 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

chewmeister on January 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is foie gras a duck.

chewmeister on January 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

We are talking about the royals who think in a language called
” elitish”

burrata on January 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

burrata on January 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Forgot about that let them eat cake thing. Sorry.

chewmeister on January 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Under a system implemented three years ago that first took effect with this year’s class, Harvard Law said it will limit magna cum laude degrees to the top 10% of the class. The next 30% will receive cum laude degrees.

The policy for summa cum laude, the highest honor, is unchanged. One summa degree was awarded this year, Harvard Law School said.

Under the old system, 76% of Harvard Law grads earned honors, the school said.

Let’s not forget either, the ‘magna cum laude’ or ‘cum laude’ claim is no better than the claim that he is a ‘constitutional expert’. Until I see it on paper it’s just more of his nonsense.

slickwillie2001 on January 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

At my law school back in the late ’70s and at my ex-wife’s law school (she graduated the same year as Obama, 1999), pretty decent schools by the way but, horrors, no ivy, the very top grad was a summa, the next 5% were magnas, and the next 10% were cum laudes. Didn’t realize that Harvard had lowered its “honors” degrees so low. We graduated with honors, both ironically missing summa by 1, which explains why there was no way the marriage could work. /

TXUS on January 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Obama cannot release his academic records or any personal records because it is against the law. The first executive order of his administration sealed them forever.

vicar7 on January 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

wow, didn’t know about that executive order, or i forgot..but it’s not a law.. a law is something passed by congress, this order can be wiped out, and should be wipe out, by the next president

sadsushi on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

The poor kid looks as if he could use a dose of Pepto Bismol.

onlineanalyst on January 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

O/T Oh, heck, Chris Matthews is hearing dog whistles in Newt’s response to Juan. Wat Matthews’s mother a b*tch that he continues to hear dog whistles?

onlineanalyst on January 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Obama cannot release his academic records or any personal records because it is against the law. The first executive order of his administration sealed them forever.

vicar7 on January 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

No, that EO applies only to records generated while O’bama (or anyone else) is President; it doesn’t cover records prior to his Immaculation.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Couldn’t have missed the mail more Tina, this is a perfectly legitimate economic question. In Dreams From my Father Obama tells us that he spent his college years getting high and studying socialism. We have a financial crisis triggered by a massive, apparently insurmountable debt load, and Obama’s solution is: more debt. Only a stoned socialist could think that. Let’s go to the video tape, and see what he got in Econ 101, and if he didn’t take it that’s pretty telling too.

motionview on January 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

….All they could do is point out how worthless the schools he went to and how much they inflate grades if they are anything over barely passing.

Betenoire on January 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Well it could also show us what courses he was taking for his degree:

Marx 101
The Tolerance of Farakhan
Advanced Arrogance
Hating Whitey and Amerikkka

TugboatPhil on January 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

No, that EO applies only to records generated while O’bama (or anyone else) is President; it doesn’t cover records prior to his Immaculation.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Ya don’t think his college records as they stand now were generated since ’08? ;>

PXCharon on January 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

How come none of Obama’s boyfiends from ‘college’ haven’t come forward?

tom daschle concerned on January 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

tom daschle concerned on January 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

You know what happens to those who seem to be a threat to His Taxellency and the fable of his immaculate deception ?

Grandma dies just before someone can get to her about the BC
Rezko ends up in jail before he can sing about the title of the house and sale of land
Donald Young,Larry Bland , 2 gay guys from Wright’s church executed before they can open their mouths
Lt. Quarles Harris Jr.,the guy who peeked into Obama’s passport application gets shot
Blago ‘s life is still hanging by a thread and he sure knows a lot about the thugocracy
Coincidences all, no ?

burrata on January 18, 2012 at 2:35 AM

The tradition of releasing income tax records for serious potential nominees, and nominees of the two parties is well established. It’s not a law.

You know what IS a law?

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986:

All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

There is no exception in that law for the President, and the President is not above the law.

Where is Obama’s Form I-9 and the accompanying Acceptable Documentation?

Note well that a PDF file is not on the list of Accepted Documents.

Also note that the I-9 Form refers to the M-274 Handbook. Here is one of the Q&A’s in the M-274 Handbook:

4. Q. May I fire an employee who fails to produce the required documents within three business days of his or her start date?

A. Yes. You may terminate an employee who fails to produce the required document or documents, or an acceptable receipt for a document, within three business days of the date employment begins.

ITguy on January 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM

How come none of Obama’s boyfiends from ‘college’ haven’t come forward?

tom daschle concerned on January 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Donald Young was unavailable for comment.

ITguy on January 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The 2008 Presidential election completely blew my mind. At no other time in US History did we allow the media and ‘political’ machine tell the American people that the background of the man running for the highest office in the land did NOT matter! Such a practice is arguably a threat to this nation’s security and equates to a con man’s shill game of trying to sell a bogus product without telling you anything about it.

Although Bush went to an Ivy League school, Liberals reveled in attacking his intelligence. We all know Bush’s grades in college; yet, Obama refuses to allow anyone to see HIS records. We KNOW through Obama’s own admissions in his book that he experimented heavily with different types of drugs. It is no far stretch to figure that any student experimenting heavily in drugs in college is NOT going to make stellar grades. I would be surprised if they were much better than slightly ‘Above Average’ at best. If that is the case, I can see why the man who was just handed the most important and powerful job in the nation doesn’t want people to know that he isn’t even as intellectually smart as former Vice President Dan Quayle!

I am even more shocked, however, that so little concern is being paid to Obama’s OTHER education: Barack Obama spent his formative years at the feet of the renowned communist, Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was one of the most prominent Communist Party members in the US and was ONE of Obama’s MENTORS. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Can you imagine if it was discovered today that Mitt, Newt, Perry, etc had studied under a prominent COMMUNIST?! It would be a career-ender, ‘Game OVER’! The extreme Left, however, was somehow able to completely sweep the fact that Obama was little more than a Communist protégé under the proverbial carpet and make it a NON-ISSUE.

Progressives and Extremists learned that they could not take over the way they wanted by being bomb-throwers and protesters. They adapted, waited patiently – much like our Muslim enemies – to work within the system to rise to power WITHIN the system. Their greatest achievement is Barak Obama himself. After decades they have finally obtained the highest position in the United States. They did so by taking over the majority of the media and was able to HIDE the alarming truths about who Obama was and truly IS. They were able to tell YOU that his connections to one of the most prominent Communist leaders/scholars in this country is meaningless, that his extensive drug use (and obvious BAD grades) in college was meaningless and that you didn’t need to see/know them, and that his attendance to a communist-based hate-filled/spreading church with an Anti-American, racist pastor as his mentor should be ignored. WOW!

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

It’s not just the grades, it’s the connections. His rise in ‘law’ in certain circles via Chicago contacts. HLR, Sidley Austin, professors, foundations/charities. If you can’t see the classes, you can’t find classmates, grades, teachers, and eligibility for his ‘historic’ accomplishments and career path.

If you’ll notice the thing that probably 90% or more radical lefties have in common, it’s Law School, the next would be Economics.

John Kettlewell on January 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

College transcripts are only worthwhile in evaluating someone you are trying to get the measure of.

The country has had quite an opportunity to get a measure of the man, transcripts won’t change that. All they could do is point out how worthless the schools he went to and how much they inflate grades if they are anything over barely passing.

Betenoire on January 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Where the college transcripts would be useful is to show the correlation between his amateurish performance in office, and his amateurish performance in college (which the grades would probably show, given that 0bama was high on weed or coke part of the time).

Were 0bama’s transcripts actually released, it would highlight his dismal performance as president as a natural product of his grades, instead of Republican obstructionism.

I agree, that Romney or whoever the GOP nominee is (I hope it will be Gingrich) should definitely hang fire and refuse to release tax returns until 0bama releases his grades – and loudly say that, as the president is running for the same office as they are, he should not be exempt from revealing his past.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I am even more shocked, however, that so little concern is being paid to Obama’s OTHER education: Barack Obama spent his formative years at the feet of the renowned communist, Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was one of the most prominent Communist Party members in the US and was ONE of Obama’s MENTORS. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Can you imagine if it was discovered today that Mitt, Newt, Perry, etc had studied under a prominent COMMUNIST?! It would be a career-ender, ‘Game OVER’! The extreme Left, however, was somehow able to completely sweep the fact that Obama was little more than a Communist protégé under the proverbial carpet and make it a NON-ISSUE.

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

Barack was just an earnest young black man trying to find the “truth,” and his search for self-awareness should be commended if it led him to questionable mentors and to weed and coke.

He, himself, is and always was, blameless.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Obama has spent millions of dollars hidding his past.

Wonder why ?

ama on January 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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