If Obama Went to Morehouse & Clinton Went to Howard
If the last 5 presidents went to HBCUs, where would they have gone?
While we all know which colleges all of our presidents attended, we wanted to take a different spin as there's an African American commander-in-chief now in office; and see what HBCUs would President Obama and the white presidents before him would have attended if they went to one. This is all based on the individuals and their personalities, style, campaigns, and policies.
Barack Obama - Democrat (2009 - Incumbent) – Morehouse College
I would have matched President Obama to Howard University but hear me out.
When it comes to service and leadership, Barack Obama could have gone to Howard but as a president, he resembles a Morehouse man.
The Morehouse brand is a strong brand; boasts about the “Morehouse Man” never end. The connection between President Obama and Morehouse stems mainly from the restrictive manner of them both. President Obama restricting himself and Morehouse restricting its students. President Obama has been criticized a lot for his lack of backbone. Many people say it’s because of his strong push for “bipartisan politics”, passive-aggressive foreign policies, and his alternative approach to “blackness." Obama must maintain a certain persona in order to seem “okay” to white Americans; we all know this. Therefore, his blackness, in a sense, is restricted.
Morehouse proved to be very restrictive of its students when crackdowns on the dress code came up in the news. Apparently, they were having issues with cross-dressers. Along with not wearing dresses, students were prohibited from wearing hats in buildings, pajamas in public, do-rags, sagging pants, sunglasses in class, and walking barefoot on campus. It’s not only the restrictions that make this pair likely; it’s also the level of importance brand integrity plays with both of them.
George W. Bush – Republican (2001 – 2009) – Morris Brown College
This is actually a perfect match-up. Not to down Morris Brown but their financial mismanagement scandal was highly embarrassing for all HBCUs. In this way, Mr. Bush and Morris Brown are similar; they are both horrible with the management of money. I will say that both started out with a lot of support. Morris Brown was the first Georgian educational institution under sole African American patronage and Mr. Bush even won re-election, often using this compassionate southern approach to politics (no comment). Both Morris Brown and Mr. Bush encountered dramatic situations. For Morris Brown, it was their accreditation and for Mr. Bush, it was the economy and War on Terror. Though, neither of them cared about education.
Morris Brown lost their accreditation in 2002 because the president of the college got greedy with the schools funds. The school was sued by students and had $23 million in debt; that’s funny, because Mr. Bush led the U.S. into the largest recession since WWII. He also passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 and we all know how effective that was.
Bill Clinton – Democrat (1993-2001) – Howard University
Part of me wanted to just assign President Obama to Howard University and call it a day but when thinking about the brand of Howard, I realize that this would make a better fit. President Clinton is widely known for being “for the people."
When looking at his policies, you see a lot of initiatives that support not only the majority of Americans but also minority Americans. Through NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and welfare reform, Mr. Clinton showed a great concern for the general public’s rights and well-being. He also passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 which gave more tax cuts to low-income families.
For his humanitarian work: the creation of the William J. Clinton Foundation which addresses AIDS, and how he took a leadership role in helping Haiti after the earthquake. Howard has also proved to have a strong interest in philanthropy, serving the public. With notable alumni such as Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young and Elijah Cummings, Howard has shown strong leadership when it comes to social justice and civil rights.
Both Howard and Mr. Clinton not only share a strong desire to serve, but have also had success in their pursuit.
Ronald Reagan & George H.W. Bush – Republican (1981 – 1989) & (1989 – 1993) – Hampton University
As much as I would rather omit these two presidents, the mostly likely university they would have attended would be Hampton University. We all love Hampton, but lets face it. What Hampton, Mr. Reagan, and Mr. Bush have in common is that no one can actually pin point what they’ve done for people.
Of course, Hampton has some alumni that have accomplished great feats, including Booker T. Washington —but maybe few and far between. No one thinks Mr. Bush did anything other than keep the presidential seat warm; his presidency was a joke. And Reagan was so far right, the majority of Americans were more hurt by him than helped by him. He would have been a bigger help had he not done anything. Yes, the economy may have improved while he was in office but he protected entitlement programs and cut Medicaid, food stamps, and federal education programs. And his trickle-down economics plan was a load of horse manure.
It didn’t work!
Besides, Hampton is probably bourgeois enough for them.
Where do you think these presidents would have gone? Do you agree or disagree with us?