One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Not everyone can not get into Swarthmore

Oh, poor Barack.

The admissions office may have to keep mum, but senior Joel Mittleman ’09 actually had the chance to personally confirm the rumor when Obama held an open town hall at Strath Haven High School during the Pennsylvania primaries. “I did ask Obama [whether he had been rejected from Swarthmore],” he says…Mittleman recalls the Senator laughing in response, asking him where he heard the information, and then saying “Yes, it’s true. It really broke my heart, actually.”

By my count, the score stands thusly:

Anemic presidential candidates who got into Swarthmore but flopped tremendously in their bid for the White House: 1

Transcendent and inspirational presidential candidates who were rejected from Swarthmore but broke barriers and energized a nation in winning an electoral rout: 1

(h/t Stef)

November 10, 2008 - Posted by | Swarthmore, U.S. politics | ,


  1. Ah, but Dukakis isn’t all bad. He brought the Cambodians to MA!

    Comment by Eileen | November 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. I didn’t get into Swarthmore. However, I’d still like to consider myself a viable presidential candidate. mostly just based on my charm.

    Comment by Ingrid | November 12, 2008 | Reply

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