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Revealed: JFK wrote the worst college essay ever

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Apparently, Jack and Ted Sorensen were not High School pals …

M240H on November 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I encourage everyone to click the link and read the “essay”. It is really not bad and is short because it fits the space provided on the Harvard entrance form.

This is just allahpundit click-whoring and wasting everyone’s time as usual.

gh on November 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I saw a worse essay.

“I won”

Oil Can on November 21, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Shorter Kennedy: Harvard has a good brand name and my daddy is rich — able to give a lot of money to the foundation.

Actually, that isn’t all that much shorter.

rbj on November 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM

gh on November 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Seriously? I just read it. It was dreadful.

JackForce on November 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Profiles in brevity.

steebo77 on November 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

We know a heck of a lot more about JFK’s educational accomplishments (or lack thereof) than we do the current occupier of the Oval Office.

Bitter Clinger on November 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Well, it was very stilted. I don’t think it’s the worst, but it certainly isn’t up to the level of Ich ben ein Berliner. Of course, he didn’t have speechwriters for this one.

GWB on November 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM

This is just allahpundit click-whoring and wasting everyone’s time as usual.

As usual, thanks for the page views, gh.

Allahpundit on November 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

THis is my shocked face:

:-O

Maddie on November 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

If we ever saw Teh SCOAMT’s college essays, I would tend to thin that if we couldn’t rewrite the headline, he plagiarized in college.

Steve Eggleston on November 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM

“think”, even.

Steve Eggleston on November 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Revealed: JFK wrote the worst college essay ever

Yeah, but he shagged the best college gals evah!

ToddPA on November 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

It is really not bad and is short because it fits the space provided on the Harvard entrance form.

gh

Not bad at all….for someone trying to get into community college.

xblade on November 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

He wasted 3 of the 5 sentences.

All he needed to write: “My dad’s name is Joe Kennedy. I’ll see you in the fall.”

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

My daughter wrote a much longer and a far better essay to get into Drexel.

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

That’s a tad embarrassing…

dpduq on November 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Let’s see Barry’s. This article will need a rewrite.

CurtZHP on November 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Let’s see Barry’s. This article will need a rewrite.

CurtZHP on November 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Foreign students were not required to submit essays.

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

As usual, thanks for the page views, gh.

Allahpundit on November 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

You’re welcome.

Seriously? I just read it. It was dreadful.

JackForce on November 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Despite the title of the page Allah linked to, he was not asked to write an “essay”. The question explicitly said “careful answer”.

As far as I can tell, he wrote a few sentences without spelling or grammar errors and including the keywords the committee would be looking for. The sentences are better constructed than most of the content on hot-air.

gh on November 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Kids today cannot read that essay because it is in cursive handwriting.

kh6zv9 on November 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Rather shallow, but about the right length for the space allowed.

We still haven’t seen anything Obama wrote either in college or trying to get there, even though he was editor of the Hahvid Law Review.

It probably read something like this: “I look forward to attending Harvard in order to overturn the Jim Crow laws which have been oppressing my people. I am entitled to admission because I am the most intelligent and articulate philosopher of African descent to ever transform this great nation from sea to shining sea with my brilliance.”

Steve Z on November 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

And let me guess – Obama plagiarized it?

Ward Cleaver on November 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Meh. It made more sense than his brother Ted’s answer to the question, “Why do you want to be President?”

Waggoner on November 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Better than some lengthy, overcoached, pretentious magnum opus. It’s true he could have written something more engaging like, “I want the social credentials to bang bitchy upper class Wasps like my old man does,” but that probably wouldn’t have worked.

Speaking of which, does anybody seriously doubt he ran this by his father (and conceivably the rest of the family) first? This is surely the edited and polished version.

Seth Halpern on November 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

What’s the big deal? It read like a typical semi-dopey high school kid. I find it more interesting that Harvard required the SAT for the first time in 1935. I wonder what JFK’s scores were on that.

teacherman on November 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I’m sure this was the Joe-approved draft, so if you have a beef, take it up with the old man.

Seth Halpern on November 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Alluhpundit, this is much ado about nothing. As one poster said, he just should have written, my father is Joseph P. Kennedy. Teddy had someone else take his Spanish exam at Harvard and was caught. He was also expelled from Harvard …………… his Father got him readmitted after a punishment period.

SC.Charlie on November 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Harvard already got the boatload of bootlegger cash. This was just formality, surely.

BL@KBIRD on November 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Revealed: JFK wrote the worst college essay ever

Only because we haven’t seen Obama’s, yet.

NotCoach on November 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Revealed: JFK wrote the worst college essay ever

Only because we haven’t seen Obama’s, yet.

NotCoach on November 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Yep!

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

But he banged some hot East German spy. That has to count for something. :)

Blake on November 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“I’m a rich kid from Boston, and do you really want to piss of my dad? You know who he works for.”

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.;

44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
January 17, 1938 – October 22, 1940
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

1st Chairman of the Maritime Commission
In office
1936–1938
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Emory S. Land

1st Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
1934–1935
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by James M. Landis

Or in plain English,

“Harvard, your arms are too short to box with G-d.

Actually, this probably explains Ted, as well. Bobby, not so much; from all indications, he actually had chops in the legal field.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

This is silly. JFK was a legacy. Filling out this form was a formality so it’s hardly surprising he put minimal effort into it. What were they going to do, reject Joe Kennedy’s kid?

Rocks on November 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Meh, as others have said the size on the form shows that this wasn’t meant to be a full-on essay but just a brief blurb. The same exist on today’s applications, though now the wording is more precise. (Please write a paragraph telling us…). In fulfilling that, his paragraph is not remarkably brilliant or stupid.

Besides, if anything it was quite diligent for young JFK to construct a full five sentence piece when only the last two words of the fourth sentence were enough for him to gain admission.

Gingotts on November 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I find it more interesting that Harvard required the SAT for the first time in 1935. I wonder what JFK’s scores were on that.

teacherman on November 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

They were probably quite high, since Joe Kennedy wouldn’t have hired just any dummy to take the test for “careless” young Jack.

AZCoyote on November 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Also revealed: a 91-word juvenile “essay” with 10% of the words consisting of “I,” “me,” or “my.” Oh, understanding the difference between “to” and “too” is also an enviable distinction.

My, My.

TimeOnTarget on November 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

At least we can actually read something he wrote in college unlike our current “president”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I’d like to see Barry’s essay.

But then, I can’t read Kenyan.

NoPain on November 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Worst ever? Nah. Actually, it’s more “meh” than anything else. Eminently forgettable like many such “please let me into Hahvahd” essays. JFK just had better references.

NavyMustang on November 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM

This is just allahpundit click-whoring and wasting everyone’s time as usual.

gh on November 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

And you come across as a typical ‘trick’.

zoyclem on November 22, 2013 at 7:47 AM

not an “essay”, an answer to a question on a college application. and it’s not bad at all for a 17yo. as for explaining the bay of pigs, get real AP. there are tons of valid criticism concerning JFK’s actions that day. making this kind of stretch diminishes you and makes you look trivial and petty.

chasdal on November 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Despite the title of the page Allah linked to, he was not asked to write an “essay”. The question explicitly said “careful answer”.

As far as I can tell, he wrote a few sentences without spelling or grammar errors and including the keywords the committee would be looking for. The sentences are better constructed than most of the content on hot-air.

gh on November 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Pick many other nits today, gh?

Ann on November 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

gh on November 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I read this essay a few years ago.

The years have not improved it.

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM