Bush Says He Opposes Alumni Preferences

As reported in the New York Times:

President Bush told a convention of 5,000 minority journalists on Friday that colleges should not give preferences for admission to the children of alumni, a position that put him at odds with his own history at Yale University.

Mr. Bush made his remarks at the Washington Convention Center in response to a question from Roland S. Martin, a syndicated columnist and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, about whether colleges should give preferences to applicants, commonly called legacies, whose parents or grandparents attended the same institution.

“So the colleges should get rid of legacy?” Mr. Martin asked Mr. Bush at a question-and-answer session that followed the president’s address to the convention.

“Well, I think so,” said Mr. Bush, who is a son, grandson and also a father of Yale graduates. “Yeah. I think it ought to be based on merit.”

Mr. Bush said that he assumed Mr. Martin had brought up the issue because of the president’s Yale legacy, but Mr. Bush also joked that “in my case, I had to knock on a lot of doors to follow the old man’s footsteps.” Mr. Bush apparently meant that he had to work hard to succeed. …

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Author: Rob