Everyone assumed that John Kerry was hiding something in his military records and most of the speculation centered on his discharge status. Given Kerry’s anti-war activities it wasn’t a stretch to imagine that some CO pushed through the paperwork to end his Reserve stint.
A few weeks ago we reported that John Kerry had signed his SF-180. He authorized release of his file to the Boston Globe, who poured over it. On the military front there was no new information. The Globe doesn’t report on his separation status documents, leading the reader to infer that Kerry’s discharge was, as previously reported, honorable.
The real revelation in his military file is his college transcript.
…[Kerry] got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D’s in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.
The grade transcript, which Kerry has always declined to release, was included in his Navy record. During the campaign the Globe sought Kerry’s naval records, but he refused to waive privacy restrictions for the full file. Late last month, Kerry gave the Navy permission to send the documents to the Globe.
The transcript shows that Kerry’s freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.
Under Yale’s grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade. In addition to Kerry’s four D’s in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year. He did not fail any courses.Evidently the erudite persona Kerry has worked tirelessly over the years to create wouldn’t allow him to acknowledge his own failures. He paid a hefty price for his stubbornness – the Presidency.
Update: Jay Tea addresses the peculiar fact that only the Globe has seen the record. and Decision ’08 asks, “Is John Kerry the Stupidest Politician Alive?” You can probably guess the answer to that question…
Update 2: This story was featured on MSNBC’s Connected Coast to Coast show this afternoon. The Political Teen has the video.
I seriously doubt that’s all he’s hiding. This is probably just an icebreaker, showing he’s human (?) and with the proof that he’s infallible made public they’ll release the rest a little at a time and do their best to gloss over the REAL reasons he took so long to go public with it. You have to remember he couldn’t find a friendlier paper to handle his PR work, not this side of France, anyway….
Oh, hell no. He was hiding that freaking picture! 😀
I suppose this is when we should all go back and look up the moonbats who said that Bush was unqualified because he was a C student at Yale, eh.
Forget fish in a barrel. Should be like shooting shrieking moonbats in a narrow cave.
Surely someone is now working to compare George W. Bush’s Freshman grades to Kerry’s. I hope?
The grades of both of them are typical of the performance of many of the wealthy preppie elites who went from Andover, St. Paul’s or wherever else to Yale, Harvard or wherever. When I was a senior at Andover, I did an independent history project that gave me access to the school archives, where I was able to review the academic records of many of Andover’s elite graduates — they were all C and D students who went on to Yale and Harvard. The life of privilege (of the time).
BUT FOUR D’s???
“The Globe doesn’t report on his separation status documents”
The Globe doesn’t report a lot of things… and Kranish is a tenured, Kerry rumpswab. Until I see his ‘newly-revealed’ information on another source… I’ll defer comment.
Maybe more like “Taking the zapper to the moths.”
Am I reading your last remark correctly? Are you saying it was his failure to release his military records that cost him the election?
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.
Kerry had a cumulative average of 76.
Proof Kerry and Bush are both dumb.
Yep. If the election came down to a 100,000 votes in Ohio then the line between winning and loosing for him was pretty small.
Don’t you think that effectively addressing the Swift Boat Veterans (which a full record release right away would have immeasurably helped with) would have gained him a percentage point increase in support? I do.
He sent his form 180 to the Department of the Navy, not the National Personnel Records Center. Just another FU to the people of the U.S. The Department of the Navy only has limited records on personnel not currently active in the Navy. That’s why there’s not much new in what’s been released. Another fine example of the inherent dishonesty of lieberalism.
Thank you for reporting this …
What most of us decided a long time ago about Kerry and his “records” is that, for someone with nothing (much) to hide or be concerned about, he’d have released his records a long time ago.
But, because he didn’t, hasn’t even now for any real public review, PROBABLY that means that he either has a Dishonorable Discharge that concluded his military past, OR he has some sort of severe penalty or reprimand that is worse than that, or both (I think probably both).
Otherwise, release the records. Not doing so pretty well confirmed most people’s intuitive suspicions about Kerry and that was that he received an official reprimand (to one degree or another, and I’d include a Dishonorable Discharge as being that) and he’s been finagling and tweaking his reputation ever since given his financial prowess otherwise.
Kerry’s a bad guy. I can’t see anything redeeming from his past, just, absolutely, nothing. Worse yet, he’s lied to affirm his own lies…confirming his commitment to deceit at all costs.
Thank God for the Swiftvets.