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Obama's grade point average at Columbia was impressive 3.7

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To The Daily Sun,

Hate will often blind us to reason and truth. In Mr. Earle's latest submission to this forum, he makes a travesty of our Constitution and democratic ideals. While our Constitution provides for an accused to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Earle establishes guilt of the president for defrauding Columbia and Harvard without any proof, just the highly suspect claims he has read from e-mails and conservative blogs he purports to be sites he "trusts." To further exacerbate his scorn for the rights of individuals, rather than prove guilt, Earle would have me prove the president's innocence.

The concept of the presumption of innocence is one of our most basic rights and this concept is embodied in several provisions of the Constitution.

I don't expect an apology from Earle, but in response to his paranoid nonsense referencing Obama's academic achievement, I would like to highlight the facts that Obama was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, considered the most prestigious law review in the country, as the first black president in its 104-year history. The position is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School. The president graduated magna cum laude (With High Honor) in 1991. Despite what Earle contends, this honor cannot happen with poor grades.

In his book, "Barack Obama: The Story", Obama is quoted as saying that his grade point average at Columbia was an impressive 3.7, not the average "pot smoking, class skipping, poor student" Earle would like to portray him as. I'm sure if Earle wants to continue with this contention he will provide us the appropriate resources to explore these claims.

L. J. Siden