My 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.
The feedback on the piece was
entirely positive. In it, I highlighted the distinguished
service records of Hollywood stars during World War II.
One reader wrote to thank me for
the column, then suggested I write a 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 towering intellects.
The 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.
One 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:
Let's 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".)
Then 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 Dayton.
Another 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.
Barbara Streisand, one of the
most vicious assailants of the president, "attended" high
school. No mention of college in Bab's bio.
Susan Sarandon'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 jokes.
Sean 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.
Janeane 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 diploma.
Ben 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 studies.
Cher dropped out of high
Michelle Pfeiffer "attended"
one year at Golden West College.
This 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 diploma.
The 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.