June 13, 2014
George W. Roosevelt

The recently-deceased historian Gabriel Kolko, writing in Counterpunch:

A Quaker, Hoover was an entirely self-made man, a very successful mining engineer-entrepreneur who made a fortune; he mastered Latin to the point that he made the still-standard translation of Georgius Agricola’s De re metallica and knew Mandarin. Roosevelt was born into privilege, went to Harvard, where he was a “C” student and a cheerleader…



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 13, 2014 11:30 AM
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FYI FDR may or may not have been a cheerleader but he was president of the Harvard Crimson. In 1905 I believe.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 14, 2014 3:26 AM

Tad earlier than 1905. And although the man had many grave faults, I don't see evidence that cheerleading was among them.


Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 14, 2014 3:31 AM

Even great Kolko nods. One thing I know for sure, though, is that Roosevelt wouldn't have been a C student at Harvard today. That animal died long ago of grade inflation. Back in the eighties I flunked a student in my class on grounds that she hadn't turned either of two of the two main papers assigned in the course. An assistant dean called me up in the middle of the summer asking if I would be agreeable to letting her mail me the missing papers — to grade, naturally, as I saw fit. Hey, I said, it's your college. Tell her to go ahead. She did and I did, thereby making her the last C student in Harvard's history. Or so I suspect.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on June 14, 2014 10:26 AM
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