“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” This statement (and candid opinion) was offered this past Saturday by a man who holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburg, and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State. He wants to replace a man who obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a degree from Harvard Law School.
In fact, most of our presidents have been college graduates, even the earliest ones in the nation’s history. Since the end of the Civil War, only two presidents, Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893- 1897) and Harry Truman (1945- 1953) did not have college degrees. However, Cleveland passed the bar examination in Pennsylvania, established a law practice, and even served as District Attorney for Erie County, Penn. Truman attended a business college and a law school, though he didn’t graduate from either.
No sheepskin required
There’s nothing in the Constitution that requires a president to have a college degree. There is also no specific prerequisite for the CEO of a huge corporation to have attended college. But, it helps.
As most people know, a few of the wealthiest people in the United States did not complete college. But, like NBA All-Stars, these are people who possess a rare ability that the other 310 million Americans lack. However, for those of us in the latter group, there is the alternative of college...