For John, BLUF: Non-Ivy Leaguers do better as President than Ivy Leaguers. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Over at National Review Mr Fred Schwartz talks about the impact of the Ivy League Universities on the presidency and presidential performance. As a point of reference, the Ivys are:
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and YaleMr Schwarz claims that he got the idea from Actor John Cusack, who apparently asked on the leftist site Truthout.org: “Is Obama just another Ivy League ***hole?” That was actually a little tacky.
Here is Mr Schwarz's way of summing up the Ivy League Schools:
Unofficially, of course, the Ivy League, even avant la lettre, has for centuries been a symbol of everything Middle America hates: rich, snobbish, exclusive, Eastern, and too smart for its own good. With the exception of Cornell, a post–Civil War parvenu, the schools were all founded before the Revolution, and ever since, they have been filling the ranks of America’s Establishment: intellectuals, bankers, lawyers, businessmen — and now, increasingly, presidents.To be filed under "it takes one to know one".
– Fred Schwarz, a deputy managing editor of National Review, is a graduate of Columbia University.I don't think I can rightly judge this, in that I am from a small trade school in the foothills of the Rockies. And, my Masters is from a small Methodist college out in LA.
Regards — Cliff