Rick Perry’s College Transcripts Cause For Concern?

Rick Perry’s College Transcripts Cause For Concern?


Okay, I know the title seems leading as if the answer should be, “Why yes, they should be,” but I’m genuinely posing the question.

Basically, is your academic prowess in your late teens and early 20s really important to being a viable presidential candidate?

Huff Post got ahold of the grades and they’re pretty bad.

Here’s more…

He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses — earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym.

Perry also did poorly on classes within his animal science major. In fall semester 1970, he received a D in veterinary anatomy, a F in a second course on organic chemistry and a C in animal breeding. He did get an A in world military systems and “Improv. of Learning” — his only two As while at A&M.

Basically, his story appears to be as such… He didn’t do very well in school so he went into the Navy and left a Captain in 1977. Not too shabby, but why did he leave? Doesn’t really matter because, not having many other prospects, he joined his dad’s cotton farming business and 7 years later ran for state office as a Dem. Since then he has done a complete political 180 and is one of the most conservative Republican candidates in the field, even going so far as claiming the Federal government should not be allowed to collect income tax.

Your thoughts?

  • kranky kritter

    To me, they’re relevant only if he appears to be an actual nitwit. Maybe he’s dumb, or maybe he didn’t get serious about life until after college, If he seems to know of what he speaks, it doesn’t matter to me. Same would go for any liberal.

  • Tully

    Last I looked even the Carter-era military wasn’t big on making total morons C-130 pilots and letting them fly about the globe for several years with such.

    He didn’t do very well in school so he went into the Navy and left a Captain in 1977. Not too shabby, but why did he leave?

    Good grief. Is it intelligent to mock someone’s shabby collegiate performance (still resulting in graduation from a fairly tough school) when you can’t be bothered to get your own facts straight? He never left the Navy, because he never joined it. He was Air Force. He joined* after he graduated because like most ROTC students he HAD TO, having actually signed that contract and enjoyed the tuition monis therefrom. And I’d guess like most ROTC, he left when his 4-year hitch was up and he could go home and into the family cotton-farming business without being hunted down and shipped to the stockade for AWOL/desertion.

    [Actually he “joined” when he signed up for the Cadet Corps, and by collecting the tuition stipends guaranteed he would not get ANY chance to unjoin short of very serious misdeeds resulting in a BCD … ]

  • Tillyosu

    Well I think that compared to Obama’s college transcripts, Perry…oh wait.

  • Retired Army in San Antonio

    Well…..considering that Obama went to and ultomately graduated from Harvard Law School (Editor of the Law Review, for cryin’ out loud), I’d say it’s pretty darn safe bet that he didn’t line up a row of C’s and D’s…..IN HIS MAJOR!!!!