Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Interview with Yoshi Tsurumi, Bush’s professor from Harvard Business School.

July 16, 2004 Air America Radio, Majority Report Radio

Seder: Exactly. So now tell us. You had him as a student right? In business school.

Tsurumi: Yes. From the fall of 1973 to the spring 1974. I taught him Microeconomics, international business and industrial policies.

S: So you had him for multiple classes?

T: No. Just the whole year long classes which combined these three key elements of the policy decisions.

S: Alright, let’s start with something simple. How was his attendance?

T: Well attendance was not that bad. But his attention span was very short.

S: Very short.

T: And either he was clowning in class or if he’s called on (I often do that) he makes all kinds of flippant statements. Very shallow. Most of all those flippant statements are nonsensical. But often he revealed his strong biases against the medical, Medicare, social security anything the United States has built up since the Great Depression.

S: Now let me ask you this, I know you told us before, but I’d like you to say again. Now how is it that you remember that you had George Bush? I mean you must have had hundreds of thousands of, probably thousands of students in your career.

T: Yes. In thirty years you always remember the two kinds of students. One is really good. The other is a George Bush kind. Terrible. Intellectually very shallow. But more importantly immature, but lacking the sense of responsibility, compassion, always indulging in denials when he is called on in his lies. And lies came very easily to him.

S: What kind of lies would he tell?

T: Lots of times the students, just the eh. For example. One statement that he made still stuck with me. We were discussing how the United States Government should help the lower income group or people on the fixed pension to adjust themselves to the high energy costs during the oil crisis, to bring in the fairness into the US economic policies. And he raised the issues and he said, “People are poor because they are lazy.” Those are the lies. And he goes into ranting and all kinds of things that there are no racial discriminations in the United States because at the times the civil rights movement was still smoldering.

Entire text here. Link Listen here.

July 16, 2004 Air America Radio Majority Report Radio

Sam Seder: S
Janeane Garofalo: G
Yoshi Tsurumi, T:


inwit said...

The full transcript of this interview at mentions a "Mark Hunter". That should be Mark Hanna:

1:42 PM  
patrick said...

Liberal idiots are the Liberals dumb enough to believe their own lies ...

" How many times did George Bush come drunk to your class, as a student? ...

S: He’s counting on his fingers. He’s counting
G: Hangovers count as well, because sometimes there is residual.

T: Well certainly he missed quite a few.
S: He missed quite a few classes?
T: And when he came to classes some times he stays half-drunk."

ROFLMAO. As if Prof T. would remember 30 years and 1000 students ago ... "hey you in fifth row? late night last nite? need Aspirin, cowboy?" Yeah, right. Not only that, but this addled professor deduced that Bush was in favor of segregation, why? because he dared question Welfare State Liberalism. To this numbskull professor, differences from Liberal orthodoxy are called 'lies' and so Bush is a 'liar', and being conservative, he's a 'shallow thinker'.

Thanks for a great example of why academia is so rotten. ... and why Air America sucks eggs. Anyone who cant see through phony interview is truly a fool.

10:27 PM  
spocko said...

Hey Patrick: Thanks for coming by and posting.I really appreciate you stopping by and reading the transcript and/or the post. And keep reading and listing to Air America!

Take care!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

I worked in a front line job for over 36years, dealing with people on a short term basis, numbered way over 1000 and without the benefit of a year's time, but I have vivid memory of individual interactions--some caring, some ruthless. In some cases, I even remember their names, when they were extraordinarily good or absolutely evil. I think for Patrick to question the professor is fine, but to dismiss the authenticity of his memory without any doubt shows a mindset of bias that I am sad to say permeates our society and puts our culture at extraordinary risk, when intelligent folks refuse to even consider alternative information from the mainstream press, our democratic way of life is in jeopardy.

3:13 AM  
spocko said...

Well said, and well remembered, Anonymous. Thanks for stopping by and giving a good example.

I sometimes ask myself the question, "am I being open to other information or am I simply looking at facts that agree with mine?"

That is one of thing I learned from experimental science.

Of course if only we could have real questions from the people or an uncowed press we might see more of the same sort of GW Bush that the professor saw! That is one reason that his appearances are kept only in from of loyal crowds. They don't challenge him off the script. Even then he sometimes gives nonsense answers, as if he jumped to the scripted response even if the questioned varied slightly from the scripted question.

5:06 AM  
questionnaire said...

Patrick is talking rubbish.

I have taught thousands of students over 15 years, and I can remember all the very good ones and most of the very bad ones.

Stupid, shallow people often stick in the mind because their abhorrent personalities are memorable.

7:40 AM  

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