Meet Alexander Heffner, a pro-Occupy student who targets the first and praises the latter in a false Harvard story.
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By the time his financial success arrived George Romney was able to provide son Mitt his education and the privileges that flowed from the George Romney-bootstrapped success.
In other words, soon-to-be-Harvard-grad Heffner is ignoring the fact that George Romney was not only no son of privilege. Heffner is in effect saying that Mitt Romney should be somehow penalized and made into a poster-boy of privilege because his father escaped poverty altogether and made a considerable Horatio Alger-style success of both his professional and family life. Heaven forbid that Americans learn from an example like that! Alas, this attitude of Heffner’s will surely make life difficult for the likes of Malia and Sasha Obama who already fit the privileged profile that Mr. Heffner says is so troubling about Mitt Romney.
Curiously, one never heard a word from Heffner about this subject when another son of Harvard, the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy was alive and well. Mr. Kennedy, famously, was precisely the living embodiment of privilege Mr. Heffner says he disdains. Kennedy’s father Joe went to Harvard (unlike Mitt’s father George, who, remember, never graduated from college at all) and, of course, Teddy was one of four equally famous and privileged brothers, every last one of whom went to Harvard. The others being Joe, Jack and Bobby — the latter two using their Harvard privileges and wealth to achieve, between them, one House seat, two Senate seats, a Cabinet post and the presidency. Ted was thrown out of Harvard for cheating, as one recalls, but went into the army to make amends and was quickly allowed the privilege of getting back in. At thirty, on the strength of no serious resume beyond being the then-president’s kid brother Teddy was handed a Senate seat where he lived comfortably for the rest of his life.
• Barack Obama: Mr. Obama, assures Heffner, is a treasured symbol of the new Harvard.
What is the new Harvard? Why, a place where one gets to be without the “assumed privilege” of the old family tie. But is this true in President Obama’s case? Really? Let’s see. We now know about the hard scrabbling George Romney, father of Mitt who never graduated from any college much less Harvard. But Mr. Heffner makes no mention whatsoever of Barack Obama’s father. Why might this be?
Hmmm. Doubtless there is a reason. Ah yes.
Barack Obama, Sr., you see, not only went to college he graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii. And then? And then — wait for it — Mr. Obama received a Masters in Economics from… ahem… Harvard. That’s right. Harvard. Listed by Wikipedia in the Class of 1965.
In fact, it is Barack Obama’s father who went to Harvard and not Mitt Romney’s father.
The legacy child of the two, the one from the “old Harvard of assumed privilege” is in fact Obama — not Romney.
So this being the case, why in the world would Mr. Heffner try to imply something that in fact is decidedly not true?
One suspects the reason boils down to the standard left-wing mind set at work.
Says Heffner of Obama:
Originally enrolled at Occidental College in Southern California before transferring to Columbia, Obama was never a shoo-in for an Ivy League degree. In fact, some 30 years before his arrival at Harvard, he would have been laughed off most elite campuses simply for the shade of his skin.
Ahhhhhhhhhh. Now we get down to it.
THE REASON FOR HEFFNER’S tall tale is the liberal world view of race and economics. The nominal reason for Heffner’s column, after all, was to praise not only Obama and diss Romney but to hold high the torch of the Occupy Wall Street crowd — in this case the Harvard affiliate which has camped out at the base of the statue of John Harvard.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online