How Yale Became the Cradle of Presidents: Interview with Yale University President Richard C. Levin

There is a “Yale gang” at the top levels of America’s political circles. Yalies occupy some of the most powerful positions in Washington, including the past three Presidents of the United States of America — George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George H. W. Bush — as well as dynamic political figures such as Hillary Clinton, senator and former presidential nominee John Kerry, and the U.S. ambassador to China Clark Randt.

President George W. Bush joked, “If you graduate from Yale, you become President; if you drop out, you get to be Vice President.” Vice President Dick Cheney also muddled along at Yale, but he was forced to quit after freshman year due to failing grades.

Why is Yale University teeming with future members of the political elite? What is the connection between U.S. politics and university education? What are kind of credentials are needed to receive one of Yale’s coveted honorary degrees?

On November 7, three days after the Presidential election, a reporter from the Southern Weekly came to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, to conduct a special interview with Yale’s President, Richard C. Levin.

Author: Zhang Zhe, special reporter Southern Weekly.
November 13, 2008.

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