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Obama hasn't released school records but neither did other presidents

To The Daily Sun,

While I can accept Mr. Earl's reluctance to accept President Obama's claim of attaining a 3.7 grade point average at Columbia University, and his portrayal of me as a "Kool-Aid" drinker (very clever and original), it appears that he and his birther buddies have moved on from their Birth Certificate Disorder to a new Transcript Disorder. Once again, they are beating a dead horse, but these conspiracy theories and lies contribute to their object fear mongering that goes along with the far-right agenda.

With that having been said, of what possible relevance are the grades that Obama got at Occidental, Columbia, or Harvard Law School. What would it reveal that we don't know? What could he possibly be "hiding?" The same people who spent years demanding to see his birth certificate are pushing this demand for college transcripts, often making erroneous claims that Obama was registered as a foreign student. These absurd fantasies that conservatives are using are a desperate effort to find something, anything that they can use against him.

In response to Earl's conspiracy theory that the media is not actively pursuing this issue of transcripts, it would help him to know that it would be illegal under federal law for Occidental, Columbia or Harvard Law School to give any former students records to reporters or members of the public without the person's specific, written permission. As Earl points out, Obama hasn't released them, but neither have other presidents. If Earl had done his research, as he arrogantly advises opposing contributors to do, he would have known that George W. Bush himself refused to release his transcripts and that the only reason they became public was that somebody leaked them to the New Yorker magazine.

In a previous letter on this issue I highlighted Obama's academic accomplishments, but I'm sure with Earl's penchant for research, he'll follow-up and confirm these facts for himself.

In addressing Earl's demeaning attacks on my character and that of others with opposing views, I would submit that conservatives are intolerant of dissent and find it easier to demonize those with conflicting opinions rather than deal with facts, reality, or issues raised.

L. J. Siden
Gilmanton

 
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