Why the secrecy? He already has the job.

After being President of the United States for almost four years, President Obama still refuses to release his college transcripts (via I Hate The Media):

Ed Henry, FOX News: “I don’t know how many years, maybe you do, George Romney released of his college transcripts, but Republicans like to complain that the President has not released his college transcripts. What is the stated reason for that?”

Jay Carney, White House: “I would refer you to the campaign.

The man already has the job. At this point, even if he was a C student, what is the harm in releasing the transcripts?

I am most surprised by the media. As Chelsea Schilling at WND notes, they have had no problem going after former presidential candidates, both Democrat and Republican, so why the reticence here? For example, I know that George Bush was a C student. So what? And how could they be considered racist for treating the first black president the same way as they treated all of the presidents before him?

I’m also surprised at the number of people who repeat the fact that President Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, though I couldn’t easily find independent confirmation of this. And as noted here:

Just because he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude doesn’t mean BO had a high GPA. It just means that after subtracting the students who graduated summa cum laude, of the remaining students, he graduated in the top 10% of his class. Theoretically, he could have had a C average.

Really, why not just release everything and stop fanning the flames? Wouldn’t that stop all of the Republican conspiracy theorists dead in their tracks, and demonstrate that Obama was a man with nothing to hide? That’s a good thing, right?

Years ago, the Dean of my Engineering faculty told me that two years out of school nobody cares what your marks are, but instead they look at what you have accomplished. So why not just release the transcripts and whatever other information there is, and just put an end to the controversy?

And to those of you who would say that “it is none of my business” or “he doesn’t need to”, you are correct. But the ostensibly most powerful person in the free world owes it to their citizens to be honest and upfront with them. Sharing basic information like this goes a long way toward that goal.

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