Is Ivy League education reserved for prominent people only? Is it necessary to have an Ivy League education to become president of the United States? It seemswhat used to be exclusively the domain for the white, wealthy protestant men has slightly changed. Now it includes those who attend elite, Ivy League colleges. Let us look into the four recent presidents of the United States: Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Barrack Obama, the current president of the US studied at Columbia, Harvard University, George W. Bush studied at Yale, Harvard University, Bill Clinton studied at Yale, Oxford University, and George H.W. Bush studied at Yale.
The striking thing about this is the democratic presidents Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton were born in modest circumstances and managed to achieve the coveted Ivy League degrees, which seems to be a prerequisite to a career in the oval office. Looking into recent democrats who missed to become presidents: Hilary Clinton and Al Gore, they boast Ivy League credentials. Ronald Reagan is the last president to lack such elite degree. He was early before his presidency recognized as a Hollywood actor and build his political career in California.
It seems the road to the white house must be accompanied by lots of Ivy qualifications. Democrats downplay elite backgrounds because of the long standing perception that it is connected to the elite liberals. It seems most of the American public dot want this. They want it seems an all round president. One with a Harvard education and also likes football goes fishing and hunting, eats junk food. Looking at the 2012 elections, Mitt Romney attended but did not graduate from Brigham Stanford University. He graduated from Brigham Young University. Michelle Bachmann graduated with BA from Winona States University. She also has a degree in law from William and Mary. Ron Paul graduated from Duke. New Gingrich graduated from Emory University with a BA.