Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Education Presidents

Looking over the current batch of presidential candidates (Mexicans, we mean, not that Republican party clown car that keeps driving from debate to debate), we notice there's a very real chance that Mexico may elect its first non-Ivy-League-educated president in 30 years. After sending four Harvard men and a Yalie to Los Pinos, the only Ivy Leaguer in the race right now is Ernesto Cordero - and really, U. Penn is only barely in the Ivy League, you know?

Mexico's last non-Ivy president was José López Portillo (UNAM), whose obituaries tended to begin something like this:

Despite stiff competition for the distinction, José López Portillo, who has died aged 83, was probably the most heartily despised former president in Mexican history.

So 2012-18 ought to be a lot of fun.

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