Jonathan Gruber and Barack Obama's University Transcripts

Democratic policy star, Ivy League elitist, and ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber thinks Americans are too stupid to understand the “Cadillac Tax” and much else besides.

Given that Obama decreed that ObamaCare was to be constructed by Gruber, who has said on several occasions (e.g., here) that the people who have been impacted are dumb, shouldn’t Obama, and his Democratic supporters, be willing to demonstrate to the “dummies” just how smart Obama is? 

It’s not very gentlemanly to form your namesake policy together with a guy who’s wont to call everybody else stupid, when, at the same time, you’ve refused to reveal academic data other presidents (even those with bad grades) have willingly disclosed. 

ObamaCare is smart policy, isn’t it, and Obama is a policy wonk, isn’t he?  Via Politico:

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Don’t you think we should see how smart the guy who says his policy is smart really is?  And if Obama is shown to be not very smart, we shall perhaps have to conclude the same about Gruber, since how smart can Gruber really be if his policy is Obama’s policy, and Obama turns out not to be a smart president after all? 

Here’s something else that’s not very gentlemanly: applying for the most important job in the world, telling everyone else how smart you are while doing so, and then refusing to back it up in the same kind of way that everyone else is expected to.

Obama’s admitted – literally – that he can’t do math beyond the seventh grade.  Ah, but there’s no math at all in ObamaCare, right?  There’s no math in economics, either, right?

How, exactly, can Obama have possibly comprehended even the rudiments of ObamaCare with such a math handicap?  And if Obama does not understand it, why should Americans listen to what he has to say about it?

Maybe he was just joking; surely he took a math-related class of some sort at university, for example.  After all, he attended Occidental and Columbia (didn’t he?) as an undergraduate; wouldn’t he have done at least a wee bit of math at some point during his undergraduate career?  And what does an Ivy League education even mean, anyway, if one can procure such a degree whilst remaining functionally innumerate?

Millions of people are very, very interested in exactly what Obama did at Columbia.  The biographies, I’m afraid, are just too spotty for us to be convinced that this man Obama is who he says he is – in academic terms, of course.  What classes did he take there, and how well did he do? 

What did he write while there (or anywhere, for that matter) aside from this, which, as any honest person will acknowledge, is littered with grammatical errors?

As for Harvard Law School, he was almost certainly able to avoid math there, but what classes, exactly, did he take?  If his grades at Columbia were inadequate, how did he get in?

You elitist progressives have been hectoring conservatives by calling us stupid for far too long.  If you’re going to keep contending that you know what’s best and that your Ivy League education proves it, why don’t you set about demanding Obama’s transcripts so you can demonstrate that your leader isn’t an academic dummy – particularly when all of the available evidence says he was a terrible student?

Perhaps you have at least the dim sense that you won’t like what you find?

Dr. Jason Kissner is associate professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno.  You can reach him at