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Jared Kushner, smart or not smart?

Graduated from Harvard and NYU Law School, but According to Esquire:

Jared attended the Orthodox Frisch School, in Paramus, New Jersey. By some accounts, he worked hard in school, but he was not especially academic. In The Price of Admission, Daniel Golden notes that officials at Frisch were “dismayed” when Jared was accepted to Harvard, since, as one former school official put it, “his GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it.” Other students in Jared’s class, the official said, were far more deserving. But Jared had a weapon that his classmates did not: his father. According to Golden, Charles donated $2.5 million to Harvard the year his son applied. Just to be safe, he also donated to Cornell and Princeton.

Seems like the brains behind the Trump operation to me, but leaks from the Obama people in the Whitehouse say he was not very smart, but can we trust those leaks given that the leakers probably HATE HATE HATE President-elect Trump?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. When you smart I assume you mean does he have a high IQ. Looks like his IQ is high enough to be an effective member of the Trump transition team.


    November 15, 2016 at 10:32 am

    • I think one thing we’ve learned reading this blog is that successful leaders often don’t have very high IQs. It seems 115 or so is enough but they bring a basket of other traits to the fight.


      November 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  2. Seems like the brains behind the Trump operation to me…

    No real reason to believe that. He might be good to have on the team but I think you might be overvaluing his contributions.

    Remember also this wasn’t a massive Trump blowout. It was Hurricane Trump blowing away the competition, linking himself to populists themes and the Democrats picking a disaster candidate who ran an inspiring, weird, Cold Warmongering, SJW Brooklyn Hipster campaign!



    November 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

  3. So what was his SAT? Anyway, in Russian there is saying : ‘He who pays, orders the music’. So if they took millions from daddy, why can’t they take the son? C’mon now, let’s say he was as dumb as a log and his daddy had given this money to the Frish School, you think he wouldn’t graduate on the honor roll? Please…..

    Like Ivanka would marry an idiot and Trump would just take it quietly. Didn’t Trump say that Jared is phenomenally successful? Ridiculous post, Lion!


    November 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • We have that same saying: “He who pays calls the tune”.


      November 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      • He who pays the piper calls the tune. We need to keep out cliches as right as rain.

        Mark Caplan

        November 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

  4. The msm is nothing but a weapon of leftists and special interests. They’ve been smearing Trump for a year and a half and they’re not about to stop just because Trump won. Attacking Bannon and Jared is just another way for them to wage political war against Trump.


    November 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

  5. I think the smartest in academic terms is Stephen Miller. As for who the brains are of the campaign it’s not like they ever did anything all that intelligent so there’s no reason to think that brains must be all that smart either.


    November 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

  6. Success doesn’t always correlate with a high GPA, as I have seen among some of my classmates as well. Consider, for example, former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, recently deposed in the wreckage of the bank’s cross-selling scandal. He graduated in the bottom half of his class from a small high school in the tiny town of Pierz, Minnesota. Attended St. Cloud State U, and then an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School–not Harvard, Wharton, or Amos Tuck.


    November 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

  7. There are probably plenty of people who got into Harvard without having a father donate millions who are way dumber than him.

    27 year old from sailers

    November 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

  8. He’s smart enough, I’d say. But I’m not sure if he’s really the “brains” behind the Trump operation – he could just be someone whose instincts Donald, for whatever reason, trusts. It’s possible that he’s mostly just relaying the opinions of Bannon, Miller and others.


    November 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

  9. > In The Price of Admission, Daniel Golden notes that officials at Frisch were “dismayed” when Jared was accepted to Harvard, since, as one former school official put it, “his GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it.”

    You could probably say the same for Michelle Obama? Or any AA admit?


    November 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

    • True, but no one considers Michelle Obama the brains behind anything, and there’s no evidence that Barrack leans on her for any sort of advice in running the country.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

      • Bad example. Sotomayor would be more fittin’ for my original comment.


        November 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    • There are a lot of BS poorly sourced quotes in that story. I find it hard to believe that a HS admissions counselor would be “dismayed” about one of their kids getting a good placement. Is that common among orthodox educators?

      “Progressives” always need to have pat explanations for things: Bush invaded Iraq and replaced the butcher Saddam not because it was a rogue state and under UN sanction, but “he wanted to get revenge for his daddy”. In the Enquirer story we see the story line that Trump only ran for President because Obama “humiliated” him at the correspondence dinner.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      November 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  10. SAT and LSAT are objective data …. Liberal hate o’reilly but as the guy is rumored to have scored an 1590 SAT in a time it was a 1 in 3000 score , even if he went to average U. , they know he is bright and dont claim otherwise.

    Bruno from Paris

    November 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

  11. I’m sure he’s smart relative to the general population. His private high school and Harvard students are a very narrow subset of the general population.

    He gives political and personal advice, which are quite different fields and involve different skills than academics.


    November 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

  12. is he as smart as thiel and bannon? Hell no.


    November 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

  13. I’ve heard rumors that you can get a slot at an Ivy League school if your parents donate $5 million to the school. If his dad donated $2.5 million to Harvard, I guess that means he was halfway qualified and the money took care of the rest. If his dad were Joe Six-pack from Oklahoma, he almost surely wouldn’t have gotten in.

    He graduated from Harvard with a Sociology degree, which is just about the most bogus major you can get that doesn’t end with “studies.” Apparently he made $20 million buying and selling real estate in Somerville, so he was clearly well-connected to the real estate scene.

    He got an MBA and a JD from NYU, which has an excellent business school and a top-6 law school. His dad apparently had donated $3 million to NYU in 2001. Again, that cheapens Jared Kushner’s credentials. I guess he was smart enough to get through business and law school, but elite schools are pretty lenient with their students. (I went to a podunk undergrad program and a very prestigious graduate program. The undergrad program was hands down harder, even if the students weren’t very bright.)

    It’s hard to say how smart Jared Kushner by just looking at his academic credentials… And that’s the problem. In America, we have a mythology that people from Harvard and Yale deserve the power and wealth they wield because they’re the brightest people in our society. When there’s evidence that the powerful and wealthy wiggle themselves into elite schools, it brings into question why they have that money and power.


    November 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    • One of my professors went to Harvard for undergrad and taught my econ class. The first thing he did was draw the symbol for partial derivatives on the board and then stared at us.

      He was pleased that no one left the room.

      He got that habit from one of his professors at Harvard. When that professor drew the same symbols, half the undergrads cleared the room.


      November 16, 2016 at 1:07 am

  14. Two men are out camping. Suddenly a bear comes out of the forest and starts chasing them as they run away. One says to the other, ‘hey, we can’t outrun a bear.’ The second one says, ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.’

    In life you don’t have to be smart. You just have to be less dumb than whoever you’re up against.


    November 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  15. Wise Stalin on Ivy Leaguer types: “Yes, he has a lot of brains, but it’s all stupid brains!”


    November 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

  16. Didn’t Obama get in on affirmative action? Yet, he’s revealed himself to be a political genius.


    November 15, 2016 at 11:39 pm

  17. He wouldn’t have caught Ivanka’s eye if he was too cerebral.


    November 16, 2016 at 9:33 am

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