Monday, June 21, 2010

Michele Bachmann

Michele Amble (Bachmann) graduated from Anoka High School in Anoka, Minnesota in 1974. In high school Bachmann, like Liz Cheney, excelled in cheerleading. After college, she earned her J.D. degree from O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University. Bachmann's 1986 graduating class was Coburn's last (the troubled institution had, for a time, lost its accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1981 due to Christian litmus tests for students. In 1986 the school donated its library to Pat Robertson's Regent University which started its own law school, but did not become accredited until 1996). Bachmann also earned an LL.M. degree in tax law from William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law (which has never lost its accreditation). During the 2008 election Bachmann said that Barack Obama "isn't well-schooled and prepared to be President of the United States." He graduated from Columbia University undergraduate and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School; he also became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. But, apparently, Obama never picked up an LL.M. from Marshall-Wythe, so Bachmann's criticism is clearly warranted.

After a wacky early career that can be read about in more detail here, Bachmann, a Congresswoman from Minnesota since 2007, quickly became a household name in October of 2008 after she appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews and called Barack Obama "anti-American" and called for an investigation of "anti-American liberals" in the Congress. Since Obama's election to the presidency, Bachmann has become a darling of the Tea Party movement and has exhibited some signs of solidarity with the wingnut "birthers" who question the President's American citizenship.


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