TO THE LETTER
“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues, I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”
Harvard Law Review president Barack Obama, writing a public response to criticisms of the publication’s affirmative action policy, on Nov. 16, 1990.
“If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that [it should be] ‘merits . . . have.’ Were there such a thing as a literar y Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this one sentence alone,” observes American Thinker contributor Jack Cashill, who parsed the entire letter and uncovered the grammatical high jinks.
Mr. Cashill, author of the recently published book “Deconstructing Obama,” also believes the letter confirms the president’s “inability to wr ite,” adding, “Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times.”
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