Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Obama Facing a New Front: 'Transcripters'; Trump Leading Call to Verify President's Records in College

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Obama Facing a New Front: 'Transcripters'; Trump Leading Call to Verify President's Records in College

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Byline: Robin Abcarian

LOS ANGELES | Now that the issue of the president's birth certificate has been laid to rest (mostly), some conservatives are turning their attention to a new obsession: Barack Obama's college transcripts.

Last week, a website that already had offered a $10,000 reward for Obama's transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, increased the bounty to $20,000.

About a year ago, Donald Trump, among the highest-profile "birthers," helped get the mini-movement started. Even though the president released his long-form birth certificate, Trump was beating the drum again Tuesday at a fundraiser for Republican Mitt Romney at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Romney tried to distance himself from Trump's birther rhetoric on the night he captured the necessary delegates to win the Republican nomination in August.

'YOU MEDIA ELITISTS'

Meanwhile, Trump has opened a second front - Obama's college transcripts.

"The word is, according to what I've read," Trump said, "that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets into Columbia; he then gets to Harvard. ... How do you get into Harvard if you're not a good student? Now maybe that's right or maybe it's wrong, but I don't know why he doesn't release his records."

What do these "transcripters" (if we may coin a phrase) hope to prove?

"We're not convinced that Barack is as smart as you media elitists keep insisting he is," says The Trenches, the website that posted the reward. (The Daily Caller outed the responsible party as Brooks Bayne, a conservative blogger who admitted he was behind the reward.)

That rationale may strike some as a little flimsy, given that Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review, taught constitutional law, has two best-selling books to his credit and is, at the moment, leader of the Free World. …

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