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This way is much better than the Affirmative Action given to blacks...

Hell, if you follow this example, you might not even need a fracking UG degree ;D


Bush’s Personal Aide To Enroll at Business School

Gottesman, college dropout and former beau to Bush daughter, to begin in the fall

Published On 5/22/2006 2:12:14 AM

By PARAS D. BHAYANI

Crimson Staff Writer

A 26-year-old college dropout who carries President Bush’s breath mints and makes him peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches will follow in his boss’s footsteps this fall when he enrolls at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Though it is rare for HBS—or any other professional or graduate school—to admit a student who does not have an undergraduate degree, admissions officers made an exception for Blake Gottesman, who for four years has served as special assistant and personal aide to Bush.

Gottesman, a Texas native who attended Claremont-McKenna College in California for one year, has long had ties to the Bush family. He dated the president’s daughter, Jenna Bush, nearly ten years ago when he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Austin.

After completing his freshman year at Claremont in 1999, he left to join the Bush presidential campaign and later served as a junior aide to former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. In February 2002, he became the president’s personal assistant.

In his current role, Gottesman performs a wide range of duties, from dog-sitting the president’s Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, to carrying the president’s speeches and giving him the “two-minute warning” before a speech begins.

Gottesman has declined all requests for comment on his business school admission, but White House staffers have described him as loyal, warm, and fun-loving.

“He is a friend and adviser to every employee of the White House, from career maintenance workers to cabinet secretaries,” Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin told The Myrtle Beach Sun News. “He is consistently kind and warm and generous with his time and provides extraordinarily good advice.”

Gottesman has likened his role at the White House to that of Charlie Young on the NBC television program “The West Wing.” When asked about his similarity to Young in an interactive question-and-answer session on the White House’s Web site, Gottesman wrote, “Charlie seems to be smarter, funnier, and better-looking. But, from what I remember—our jobs are probably pretty similar.”

HBS spokesman James E. Aisner ’68 explained the decision to accept Gottesman, even though he is not a college graduate, by telling The Economist that “extraordinary circumstances will sometimes compel it to drop [its] rule” of only admitting students who hold bachelor's degrees.

He refused to comment specifically on Gottesman, citing Harvard’s policy of not commenting on the admission of any individual student.

Aisner also pointed out to The Economist that Harvard would surely admit applicants like Bill Gates and Michael Dell, both of whom are college dropouts.

But the often-snarky British weekly noted: “Needless to say, holding the president’s hand-sanitizer is a far cry from heading a Fortune 500 company.”



—Staff writer Paras D. Bhayani can be reached at pbhayani@fas.harvard.edu.
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Re: A way for white people to get into good law schools with low scores...
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 10:16:02 AM »
Booooooooo.

Actually, I think it deserves applause!
 
Anyone that can get into arguably one of the top graduate programs in the world--without taking a standardize test or even receiving an undergraduate degree--deserves credit for having the guile to acheive that goal!

While some cats are busting their collective arses, and others are complaining... Others are making chit happen...
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Re: A way for white people to get into good law schools with low scores...
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 11:25:27 AM »
Harvard is also a private school-- they could admit my cat if they wanted to. They don't have to jump through hoops like a state school.

This guy did take the GMAT, and had 1 year of college grades, LOR's, etc. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 11:28:50 AM »
Why criticize this kid?  Good for him; I'm sure his personal background and attributes provided him with a strong platform to be admitted to Harvard Business School without having an undergraduate degree.  The last time that I checked, Harvard was not a beacon of conservative ideology and therefore I doubt that they accepted him because Dubya put in a good word for him or whatever.  If he's not talented enough to be there, his academic record will most likely reflect that...

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Re: A way for white people to get into good law schools with low scores...
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 11:29:08 AM »
i don't see the problem. except, of course, the jealousy of people who got a bog standard BA and feel superior.

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Re: A way for white people to get into good law schools with low scores...
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2006, 06:07:41 PM »

I'm sure his personal background and attributes provided him with a strong platform to be admitted to Harvard Business School without having an undergraduate degree.  The last time that I checked, Harvard was not a beacon of conservative ideology and therefore I doubt that they accepted him because Dubya put in a good word for him or whatever.  If he's not talented enough to be there, his academic record will most likely reflect that...

Let's not get carried away... Although I give the guy credit for bypassing the degree requirement, the guy got in because he was the president's personal assistant! 

What else in his personal background was so extraordinary?

Plus Dubya got into Harvard MBA with a C average GPA, so that "Harvard was not a beacon of conservative ideology and therefore I doubt that they accepted him" don't really apply.

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2006, 06:21:55 PM »
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Let's not get carried away... Although I give the guy credit for bypassing the degree requirement, the guy got in because he was the president's personal assistant!

Undoubtedly this is the case - let's clarify though: He got in because he was the personal assistant of the President, not because he was Dubya's personal assistant.  See the difference?

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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2006, 06:27:52 PM »
LOL to each and every one of you.

You'll jump on a black man for getting into a school even tho he is a few lsat points below the 25 mark but you accept stuff like this.

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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2006, 06:33:47 PM »
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Let's not get carried away... Although I give the guy credit for bypassing the degree requirement, the guy got in because he was the president's personal assistant!

Undoubtedly this is the case - let's clarify though: He got in because he was the personal assistant of the President, not because he was Dubya's personal assistant.  See the difference?

Absolutely! Political affiliation was irrelevant in this case.
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Re: A way for white people to get into good law schools with low scores...
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2006, 06:35:20 PM »
LOL to each and every one of you.

You'll jump on a black man for getting into a school even tho he is a few lsat points below the 25 mark but you accept stuff like this.

COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!!!!  :-\
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