by Doug Patton
March 10, 2003
last column (”Loony
Clooney and the Hollywood Left Dishonor the Memory of Those
Who Served") must have struck a nerve
with readers, because I have received more mail on it than
any other column I have written in the last two years.
feedback on the piece was entirely positive. In it, I highlighted
the distinguished service records of Hollywood stars during
World War II.
reader wrote to thank me for the column, then suggested
I write sequel, which would contrast the academic achievements
of President George W. Bush with those of Hollywood’s
elite. This person even gave me a few choice bits of information
about the educational background of a few of Hollywood’s
arrogance of the show-biz elite in their imperious attitude
toward President Bush is astounding. They belittle him as
and “idiot” and a “moron.” Yet,
this to a president who holds an undergraduate degree from
Yale and an MBA from Harvard. I don’t care who your
father is. A pedigree might get you into these institutions,
but a modicum of gray matter is required to remain there,
let alone to graduate.
might think that the Hollywood intellects who hurl their
venom at the president must be very well educated themselves.
Well, let’s take a look:
begin again with Hollywood’s current number one bigmouth,
George Clooney. Clooney, of course, is a self-appointed
expert on American foreign policy. Mr. Clooney must be a
true scholar, a man of letters, an intellect of stature.
No, it seems that George Clooney “attended”
Northern Kentucky University. (“Attended” or
“educated” in a celebrity’s biography
is code for “dropped out.”)
there is the wannabe president, Martin Sheen, who apparently
has come to believe he holds a Ph.D. and is a recipient
of the Nobel Peace Prize like the character he portrays
on “The West Wing.” But, alas, poor Martin flunked
his college entrance exam to get into the University of
outspoken critic of the Bush policy who has cast aspersions
on the president’s intelligence is former MASH star
Mike Farrell. Mr. Farrell “attended” UCLA.
Streisand, one of the most vicious assailants of the president,
“attended” high school. No mention of college
in Bab’s bio.
Saradon’s official biography brags that she “graduated
from Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey where she
was a cheerleader.” Feel free to make up your own
Penn, who embarrassed himself so badly with his unintelligible
verbal report upon his recent return from Baghdad, lists
absolutely nothing for education among his credits. My guess
is he dropped out.
Garofalo, another condescending critic of Mr. Bush’s
brainpower, “attended Madison High School in Madison,
New Jersey.” No word on whether she actually got a
Affleck dropped out of the University of Vermont after one
semester, then dropped out of Occidental College after one
year. Interestingly, his bio says he studied Middle Eastern
out of high school.
“attended” one year at Golden West College.
is not to say that one is required to have a list of degrees
behind one’s name in order to be considered a success
in life. We all know people who have done very well in their
chosen fields without a college degree or even a high school
point here is that there is an entire group of pampered
people who make their living pretending to be someone else,
who belittle our president’s intellect because they
don’t like his politics, and that is a disgrace.
Patton is a freelance columnist who has served
as a speechwriter and public policy advisor at the federal,
state and local levels. His weekly columns can be read in
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