Rush Limbaugh defended Mitt Romney from criticism today for refusing to release his tax returns by challenging President Obama to release his college transcripts. This attack by Limbaugh is dishonest in two ways: There is no precedent for presidents or presidential candidates to release their academic records, whereas presidential candidates are expected to release several years’ worth of tax returns.
On his show, Limbaugh claimed that he received a phone call from a Harvard Law classmate of Obama’s who told him that Obama ”got the lowest grades that any Harvard graduate ever got and that a bunch of professors gave him Bs and Cs when he didn’t even show up to class.” Limbaugh then added: “It’s up to Obama to prove it. The allegation’s out there.” Limbaugh had earlier advised Mitt Romney to not release his tax returns.
Obama’s college transcripts have long been an obsession for the right-wing media, which have maintained that the transcripts would unmask Obama as “a foreign student” or as not intelligent enough to have gotten into either Occidental, Columbia, or Harvard.
In fact, most presidential candidates do not release their academic records.
From the 08.02.2012 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show: h/t: MMFA