Calls for Obama's academic records blasted as 'nonsense'
April 28th, 2011
02:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Calls for Obama's academic records blasted as 'nonsense'

Washington (CNN) – Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett referred to calls for the president to release his academic records as "nonsense" Thursday.

The suggested disclosure came Wednesday from real estate mogul Donald Trump after the so-called "birther" debate caused the president to release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

Standing on a tarmac Wednesday in New Hampshire, Trump said "word is he (Obama) wasn't a very good student."

"I'd like to know how does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Columbia if he isn't a very good student," Trump said.

But Jarrett dismissed the remark Thursday.

"We know this is nonsense," Jarrett said on SiriusXM Radio's The Joe Madison Show. "He's almost 50 years old and he's president of the United States and I don't think anybody would debate his intelligence and so now we need to get serious."

Jarrett's foray into the conversation follows CBS anchor Bob Schieffer's accusation that Trump's comments are racist.

"That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black," Schieffer said on the CBS Evening News Wednesday. "This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."


Filed under: Donald Trump • President Obama • Valerie Jarrett
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Sharon

    Don't include Trump as a Racists! Why? Because people forget Bush's behavior–tests–the BOOZER of the Family–the PLAYBOY who didn't study–Daddy kept Bush out of Vietnam-all the questions about GEORGE W. BUSH were all over the networks–and the NEWS MEDIA! BUSH took the HEAT–stayed in his SEAT–and let the comments roll.

    Why doesn't this President remember what the MEDIA and HIM did to George Walker Bush? Who by the way is WHITE!

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. mach4

    Trump is stupidly rich but has become richly stupid.

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Lee Bart

    yep that would be racist, but then again the Birther crap is racism too. If we couldn't get Bush's Academic Records and Dan Rather got fired over it. It's just as likely you won't be getting Obama's either.

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. willard bullock

    The plot are keep smart hide of birth certifacte cause untied state of amercian must keep awoke up watch against of fraud birth certifacte

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Tony

    Oh No!! Not the tattered, old, worn out RACE CARD AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. sheilaL

    Why does the media not play hardball with Obama the way they have with every other president? Because they do not want to be labeled as racist or anti-progressive. He is the most secretive president since Nixon. So far all we have seen is one failed domestic and foreign policy after another but no journalists call him on these constant failures. He has spent more than all preceeding presidents yet where is the outrage by the media? Journalism died years ago, now mainstream media is nothing more than another part of the Democratic Party!

    April 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Bernie Kimmerle

    PLEASE STOP publishing anything Donald Trump says! He is NOT WORTH the air time..... if the media would STOP giving him attention, then perhaps the whole country can focus on more pertinent issues and not the "silly stuff." We the public know it is about RACE. He is black and face it, that's the reason why. Let's not forget how many bankruptcies Trump has filed and the many people he's jacked over. STOP / Refrain from giving this idiot more media time.

    April 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    As an older white woman...I have never been more embarrassed in the way people disregard this brilliant man. I have not seen this kind of racism since I was a child around my grandfather. Donald Trump, as my family has bailed you out of a huge mess in 1990.....I want to see your recent financial statements. I know what they looked like in the 90's. Anyone can "Google" them . You have absolutely NO CLASS!!!!

    April 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. one voice

    President Obama is a Constitutional lawyer and was President of the Harvard Law Review, this story is just plain RIDICULOUS. O.K., I want to ask about the FRAT BOYS( BUSH) studies? I heard C- and He had his DADDYS friend helping him. LOL

    April 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. paa

    now the best racist award goes to the BIGGEST FOOL -MR TRUMP

    April 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Mukudi

    It is racism. Trump wants to make his presidential campaign one that pits whites against blacks. It is a "sooo pre- 1960s" strategy that does not cut in today's America. But, again, that is where he is stuck. It is pathetic that he is being given audience to spit garbage from his vocals.

    April 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Diana

    I find this whole thing sickening. Where is the repect for the presidency any more? I am sorry but i am not a fool. i am a voting American and this non sense between both parites really needs to stop. They should get down to the business of taking care of this country and our problems.

    April 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Big_D

    How come this never happened to any other president? It must be that he doesn't have extramarital affairs to divert public attention from the GOP stealing everything for the Saudis. Bush was right about VOODOO economics. Saudi is stealing our country by greasing our politicians.

    April 28, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. vinhcent check

    Donald Trump is a joke who would smack against any one who don't agree with him, tried to run for president spot, seriously any one stupid enough even thinking vote for this guy.

    April 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Maude

    Fire, Tornado's, earthquake's, shootings, muggings, killings and political corruption- USA #1 !!!!

    April 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Brandon In N. Carolina

    Trump is reaching for something that is not there. He has lost all respect ....he should have kept to his TV role. It's plain and simple that he has a grudge against "black" people period. Let's take a moment and call it like we all see it!

    April 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Michele

    Trump is an idiot...someone fire him!

    President Obama...you have my vote and thank you!!!!

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Obama 2012

    Trump needs to be dropped from NBC immediately. The American public can no longer let him spout of such nonsense without repercussions,

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. gran

    Time to put an end to the publicity hound's relentless thirst to be in the spotlight! When has anyone EVER called for the birth certificate or academic records of a previous President or any politician for that matter in the past? Does Trump know that there are far more important issues facing this country? Please, go back to your ivory tower of mirrors.

    Mr. Trump, you have proven that, no matter how much money one has, you just can't make good choices when it comes to your appearance–or your choice of important issues facing the vast population of this country! Why would we trust you to make good choices for this country??

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Kathy

    Donald Trump needs slapped, just for medicinal purposes to restart his brain.

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Angus001

    Ahhhh.... There it is.... "racism" finally made it way in to the liberal's defense again. The liberals have made the term "racism" mean nothing. It is so sad that in a few years the libs have eroded so mush of what Blacks in America have achieved over the past 50 years.

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. ezeejay

    Every one of the "birthers" in my family are all in the bible belt and are all shamefully racist.

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Is trumped man upset because his daddy bought his education? Where are the financials he said he would show us?
    Nobody goes to Columbia or Harvard without the proper education. Being the editor of the harvard review and graduating cum laude is something you earnit's not bought by your daddy. Is trumped man jealous because he really can't handle his finances without going bavkrupt?
    Call nbc and any company who sponsors his reality show, including the outdatec beauty pageants where he pays for women to have their breats enlarged (not that it worked for what's her face).

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    I've got three words and one letter for you Donald, rich stupid mean sob:

    George W Bush, Yale

    April 28, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Charles

    Money really cannot buy class. Pres. Obama is million times smarter than that big trash head Trump and all RNC combine.

    April 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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