Affirmative Action at the White House
Posted on May 27, 2006
Blake Gottesman, aka ?Peanut,? Bush’s personal aide, is stepping down in August to attend Harvard Business School, despite the fact that he never finished college—a requirement for HBS. Did the president, who purports to be against affirmative action, pull some strings at his alma mater?
In a veiled attempt to undermine affirmative action for minorities, President Bush in 2003 assailed the University of Michigan?s law school admissions policy as unconstitutional; charging the law school with giving minorities preferential treatment in reaching diversity targets for its incoming class. But like most of the administration?s positions, they only seem to apply to everyone but the President and the administration.
Blake Gottesman, a.k.a. ?Peanut?, Special Assistant to the President and Personal Aide, is stepping down in August to attend Harvard Business School. It?s a great accomplishment considering the school only admits 10% to 15% of its applicants. But to even be considered for admission, the school states firmly at the top of its qualifications, a prospective student ?must have completed a degree program at an accredited U.S. four-year undergraduate college/university.?
Did the president employ some affirmative action to gain entrance at Harvard Business School for his personal assistant, Blake Gottesman, who never finished college?