Once upon a time, as in two years ago, Wall Street Journal foreign-affairs columnist Bret Stephens hired an intern from West Point who blew him away with her accomplishments and talent. When she wasn’t performing “field exercises in which she kept a bullet proof vest on at all times, even while sleeping” she was writing “brilliantly” and was one of the most “self-effacing” people Stephens had ever met. Currently, the former intern is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and to this day, whenever Stephens thinks of her, he is awed and impressed, as most people would be. Unfortunately, he probably won’t have the opportunity to hire another individual of her caliber, because approximately 99% of this woman’s generation is made up of despicable know-nothing low-life scumbags who exist to make Stephens sick.

Take a guy Bret interviewed a couple months back. Kid had an “astonishingly high GPA from an Ivy League university and aspirations to write about Middle East politics.” The two got to chatting about Suez Crisis of ’56 and over the course of the chat it became apparent that this kid “didn’t know who was the president of the United States in 1956. And he didn’t know who succeeded that president.”

Know where that guy is now? In Bret Stephens’s meat locker, as he well should be.

And while Stephens hasn’t had the opportunity to interview each and every member of the Class of 2012, he doesn’t have to in order to know what they’re all about, which is being a bunch of degenerate jerk-offs who suck at their parents’ teat because they can’t get the jobs they don’t deserve that aren’t available because they are Commies who voted for Obama.

Take it away, Bret:

Dear Class of 2012: Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that—let’s be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you’re entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They’re the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you back— return-to-sender, forwarding address unknown…If you’re like [West Point] intern, please feel free to feel sorry for yourself. Just remember she doesn’t. Unfortunately, dear graduates, chances are you’re nothing like her.

And don’t you ever forget it, pieces of garbage. Moving on:

To read through your CVs, dear graduates, is to be assaulted by endless Advertisements for Myself. Here you are, 21 or 22 years old, claiming to have accomplished feats in past summer internships or at your school newspaper that would be hard to credit in a biography of Walter Lippmann or Ernie Pyle…In every generation there’s a strong tendency for everyone to think like everyone else. But your generation has an especially bad case, because your mass conformism is masked by the appearance of mass nonconformism. It’s a point I learned from my West Point intern, when I asked her what it was like to lead such a uniformed existence. Her answer stayed with me: Wearing a uniform, she said, helped her figure out what it was that really distinguished her as an individual. Now she’s a second lieutenant, leading a life of meaning and honor, figuring out how to Think Different for the sake of a cause that counts. Not many of you will be able to follow in her precise footsteps, nor do you need to do so. But if you can just manage to tone down your egos, shape up your minds, and think unfashionable thoughts, you just might be able to do something worthy with your lives. And even get a job. Good luck!

Not that any of you losers are gonna need it!

Stephens: To The Class Of 2012 [WSJ via Heidi Moore]

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  1. Posted by B-Moyn | May 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Mass conformism masked as mass nonconformism, eh?

    We mask our failure with Superpods… Welcome aboard Class of 2012!

  2. Posted by Billy Madison | May 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Ok, a simple "wrong" would've done just fine.

  3. Posted by 2012 graduate | May 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Ha! I guess he did not interview Permaguest who no way would have got that answer wrong!

  4. Posted by unwanted guest | May 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    We can't all aspire to courageously sit on our asses and write boot-licking copy for a living.

  5. Posted by iPad user | May 8, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Never mind, iPad interface still sucks.

  6. Posted by His Editor | May 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM


  7. Posted by UBS MD | May 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    these idiots fit perfectly here

  8. Posted by Rickybobbyjoe | May 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Because fighting endless, pointless wars that drain the treasury is the best role a country can offer its youth. Why not have all the graduates go and fight?

    Pure idiocy, paid by the word.

  9. Posted by Guest | May 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Janitor From the Breakfast Club to the asshole principal:

    "Listen, Vernon, if you were sixteen, what would you think of you?

  10. Posted by Guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Eh, the guy might be a dick, but if you got into an elite school and got great grades at that elite school, you ought to be able to answer: "who was President in 1956?" That is not a difficult question. It's not a big deal if you can't answer that. A bunch of people do very well in life not knowing politics or history. It's just that if you're interested in foreign policy, if you consider yourself one of the best and the brightest, but you can't answer that question…somebody screwed up.

    Saying that isn't so much saying "look at how smart I am compared to you losers!" as "you know that school that's charging you a boatload and keeps telling you about the fantastic education you're getting? They're really screwing up somewhere."

  11. Posted by guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Yep. I love that the premise of this column is that no one can ever live up to the West Point intern who Stephens is oddly obsessed with.

  12. Posted by guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Meh, if that were his one point (which I don’t necessarily agree is the omgfuckinggod thing he says it is but I’ll play along) fine, but this article as a whole was just really bizarre. Sure, there are entitled assholes in this generation (as there are in every?) but the categorization of every member of the class of 2012 as a schmuck whose parents paid their way through college, didn’t get a useful degree and is throwing a “pity party” for him/herself is a pathetically lazy generalization.

    Also, “might be a dick”? This is really in question for you?

  13. Posted by guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    " Now you’re entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity "

    So which is it, Stephens? The kids can't get jobs because they're the assholes you claim they are or they can't because they don't exist thanks to (what you apparently believe) is a job killing president?

  14. Posted by Guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Am I low life scum as well?

    – Class of 2013 Graduate

  15. Posted by guest | May 8, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    "condescending asshole is condescending"


    also, moronic but that's obvious.

  16. Posted by Guest | May 8, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Eh, I didn't know offhand who was president in 1956. But in this whole "knowledge-based" economy, that knowledge earns you exactly jack shit. On the other hand, if you know how to program a website or write an app, then things might just work out for you.

  17. Posted by unwanted guest | May 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Best editorial I've read since my fifth deferment!
    Dick Cheney

    Thanks for not mentioning my job numbers!
    G.W. Bush

    Complete A-hole!
    Pat Tillman

  18. Posted by Janitor | May 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    The kids haven't changed, sir. You have.

  19. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Like I said, a bunch of people do very well in life (and I'm sure better than me) not bothering with that. If you're trying to discuss the Suez Canal crisis, you really should know that. If you've received great grades at a top school and, especially, are interested in foreign affairs, you really should know when Eisenhower and Kennedy were President. This kid didn't. That's not arcane trivia. Hell, if he can't answer they were the President in the 50s and early 60s, you can't even be sure he knew who they were. There's no need even to get defensive about this. If you're graduating with great grades at an Ivy League school, but don't know that, you should be p*ssed at the school. We can argue about how much time schools should spend teaching history or politics, but this really isn't too much to ask–especially if the kid is trying to pursue a career in this area.

  20. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    The problem is this is the *one* piece of evidence he uses to make the case that this generation is made up of know-nothing low-lifes who will never live up to the intern he’s oddly infatuated with. Literally, that’s all he’s got. While I agree with you, given the kid’s background, he should have known who the presidents were, it HARDLY supports Stephens’ overall premise. A single incident? That’s all he’s got?

  21. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    “Now she’s a second lieutenant, leading a life of meaning and honor, figuring out how to Think Different”

    Sorry, but what the fuck? Not to take away from what the intern is doing in Afghanistan, which is commendable, brave, and something I’d never choose to do so I’m happy others will in my place but on what planet is being a lieutenant fighting in a war illustrative of someone doing some serious thinking outside the box? (I mean other than in the fantasy world Stephens has created where the intern = everything that is right in the world/everything her worthless peers are not.)

    Also, re the suggestion that she and she alone is leading a life of “meaning and honor”? A bit embarrassingly over the top (not to mention just plain false), no?

    Intern’s creepy ex-boss is creepy.

  22. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    He's going by his experience with kids he's interviewed. The amount of space he has to make his case consists of one column. He gives an anecdote and then some summaries. Unless he's a pollster and has a few blank pages, what do you expect him to offer? (Don't get me wrong. I still think this guy's a dick.)

  23. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I officially declare war on the Baby Boomers! WE RIDE AT DAWN.

  24. Posted by WSJ vs Charmin | May 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I never liked the a-hole. Just feel vindicated.

    The WSJ has become total trash. Can't believe I still subscribe. In my defense, I only have online. Home delivery had become too embarrassing – neighbors might catch you reading it.

  25. Posted by SomeGuy | May 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Looks like this piece hit a little close to home for you kids…

  26. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Would you two just fight or bang already and stop arguing. This whole thread was TLDR.

  27. Posted by Your neighbors | May 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Could care less about the Journal. Would love it if you'd mow your lawn every now and again.

  28. Posted by .Bo | May 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Maybe I'm just one of those POS recent college grads who doesn't know anything about history, but it was my understanding that the economy was going in the tank a bit before Obama got elected.

  29. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Born in 1972. This douche isn't even a baby boomer. Just a shill.

  30. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    but.. ya did read it

  31. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    We may have a job for you.

    – Obama 2012 Youth Affairs Coordinator

  32. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Well sure, of course, I was just responding to his bull shit line.

    – above guest

  33. Posted by Your racist neighbor | May 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Isn't that what Mexicans are for?

  34. Posted by Guestttt | May 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    – Class of 2011 Graduate

  35. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Speaking of being worthless… WSJ foreign affairs!

  36. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Not true. I knew who was president at 1956. And not just because it was contemporaneous to my schooling days. I also knew who had been president in 1926 and 1916 and 1886 and so on. Today's kids are exceptionally dumb and ignorant with inflated sense of feeling good about themselves. KONY 2012 my arse.

  37. Posted by Laxbro | May 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Summary: I'm still bitter I never got to bang the West Point chick

  38. Posted by Ivy Class of 2012 | May 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Thanks for the shout out, but TL:DR.

    – Class of 2012

  39. Posted by Texashedge | May 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    That bald asshole was president.

    -Anthony Eden

  40. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Like the war-on-the-Boomers idea, though.

    -guy tired of listening to what is *actually* the most priviledged generation in American history whine about everything

  41. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I see that he's a Chicago alum. They're always the creepiest.

  42. Posted by Texashedge | May 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Gotta admit, I had to guess on 1886, and I guessed Chester A. Arthur. I probably would have guessed Cleveland if I hadn't seen Die Hard 3 a couple weeks ago.

  43. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    couldn't care less*

    Must live in a non-peer nabe.

  44. Posted by Nostalgia | May 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Where was Bret's letter to the Class of 2006 after Yale student, Aleksey Vayner, sent an 11 page resume along with a video to UBS:

    "Impossible is nothing — introduces the seven-minute clip, which shows Mr. Vayner performing various feats of physical strength and skill, interspersed with inspirational maxims. Viewers are presented with images of Mr. Vayner bench-pressing weights (a caption suggests it is 495 pounds), playing tennis (firing off what is said to be a 140 mile-per-hour serve) and performing martial arts (he breaks seven bricks with his palm)."

    Stephens would have fucked this kid up.

  45. Posted by reader | May 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    your worse, much much worse.

  46. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    not one for proper usage of your vs you're, eh?

  47. Posted by Boss | May 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Get Back to Work!!

    -Class of 1979 Graduate

  48. Posted by ron walters | May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Every met a Texas A&M grad?

  49. Posted by J Coorz | May 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Hey !

  50. Posted by Bandersnatch | May 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Uncle Ike was our American Pal
    And no one talked much about the Suez Canal
    – Al Stewart

  51. Posted by tim | May 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Please name one practical application (besides teaching history and winning bar trivia) for knowing who the president was in 1956…

  52. Posted by Sheila Broflovski | May 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    My Kyle wouldn't work for you anyway.

  53. Posted by Bandersnatch | May 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Owls are, more often than not, giant weirdos

  54. Posted by Dean Wermer | May 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Sorry Brett, I give your op-ed a zero – point – zero.

    Actually, you do have a point. But where else would young people learn how to make a bong out of an orange if not at our hallowed institutions of higher learning? And would you really deny our youth the oportunity to spend 4 debauched years being force fed liberal pablum while putting themselves (or their parents) $200k in the hole? Sounds like a bargain to me!

  55. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Class of 2012?

  56. Posted by banker chick | May 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM


  57. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    If kids are spending $200k to be "force fed liberal pablum" then Brett's issue should be with the universities, not with the 2012 graduates or the POTUS. Sounds like the universities, even the very elite, are robbing the nation blind.

  58. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Please name one practical application (besides being a chemical engineer) for passing High School chemistry class.

  59. Posted by Guestest | May 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Dear Class of 2012 – I just want to say one word to you – just one word. Plastics.

  60. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    C'est de ta faute

    -Rene Coty

  61. Posted by Steve Coogan | May 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    We ride at 9:30ish!

  62. Posted by Le Frog | May 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Wait what about breakfast…

    Ok, we ride at 11:30….ish

  63. Posted by Bandersnatch | May 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Not sounding like a retard when talking to adults at work comes to mind.
    – Old judgemental bastard in NYC

  64. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Hey Gandhi wannabe, let me guess- you inherrited a family legacy of dodged Vietnam war drafts and you think our country erred by fighting the terrorists who like to blow us up.

  65. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    You get how student loans drive up tuition, right?

  66. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    One step closer to Idiocracy

    -President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

  67. Posted by BMW_guy | May 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    He should sue West Point. Sounds like he's developed a persistent erection that has lasted since meeting the intern.

  68. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Totally agree. I cancelled WSJ and signed up for Yahoo Finance home delivery.

  69. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Nope. Student loans and pell grants level the playing field and provide opportunities for kids that can't afford college. The real problem is bloated publicly-funded universities operating without much [read: any] oversight.

  70. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Well, I would venture to say that a knowledge of history is also helpful in understanding foreign affairs because, you know, the present is a forward projection of the past.

    And I sincerely hope I never have to eat anything you've cooked if your culinary skills depend upon what you learned in 10th grade chemistry.

  71. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    So how do you explain private university tuition skyrocketing as well?

    -guy who realizes the tuition for his alma mater has increased >40% since he graduated in 1997

  72. Posted by Kevin | May 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Probably didn't miss much since she refused to take off her bullet proof vest.

  73. Posted by Kevin | May 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Good one! : )

  74. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    What do I look like, Tom Friedman? I'm no expert — if I had to guess, I'd say competition with free spending public universities mixed with a heavy dash of collusion and price fixing? I personally don't care what private schools are doing, but if a school receives public funding it needs to have some oversight. Currently they do whatever the fuck they want and stamp thousands of diplomas a year for kids whose only marketable skill is doing sick transitions on a PowerPoint.

  75. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    "and something I'd never choose to do so I'm happy others will in my place"

    There's one box you won't be stepping out of.

  76. Posted by Guestest | May 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Her answer stayed with me: Wearing a uniform, she said, helped her figure out what it was that really distinguished her as an individual.

    The obvious follow up question – what was it?

  77. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    USA Today money section can be read in 5 minutes and provides just as much meat as the verbose and gossipy 2012 WSJ.

  78. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    So competition is driven purely by a premium pricing model. Harvard didn't want Florida State to get a leg up when FSU raised tuition. Got it, thanks.

    To your second, you then admit by default that funding for public college education levels the playing field in that it provides an equality of mediocrity? So it actually doesn't benefit the recipient of the student loan in learning to succeed, just to fit in.

    That leaves me 2 questions: What year did you graduate from Michigan and where besides Jon Stewart do you get your pithy retpartee?

  79. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Colleges and universities across the country are in a figurative arms race with each other. Dorms that look like W Hotels, a new rotunda that students will never visit, $100M improvement to the medical wing that will be filled with mostly foreign born students. The focus isn't educating students, it's about vanity and attracting more clueless undergrads to bring in more money to fund campus trophies, and inflated salaries and Cadillac benefits for employees. $100k for an education you could get for free from Kahn Academy.

  80. Posted by Guesty | May 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What do I look like, Tom Friedman? I'm no expert

    Obviously. If student loans and pell grants level the playing field then Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are making smart credit decisions that other less savvy lenders just don't have the foresight to see.

    Everyone deserves to go to college = everyone deserves to own their own home = end in tears

  81. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    i) '09 ii) Holiday Inn Express

  82. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I told you there were useless idiots!!! GOSH.


  83. Posted by Laxbro | May 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Q: How do you remember the last time you had sex with your wife?

    A: If you're obsessing over some West Point slam, start with your wedding night and work backwards.

  84. Posted by Smails | May 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Well, the world needs ditch-diggers, too.

  85. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    You're an idiot.

  86. Posted by Woland5 | May 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    He skipped logic class and went straight to the learning who was a president and when. The man (sell side?) got to know something to impress his clients!

  87. Posted by Thread Killington | May 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Who here wants to listen to a story about how I merged the New Haven Matchbox and Soap Company with Smithfield and Sons 5 & 10?

    Buzz Killington

  88. Posted by Woland5 | May 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Wait, are you talking about his crotch, the dude lives in the apartment!

  89. Posted by Woland5 | May 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    lets hope Loeb won't be personally delivering that, he might make it mandatory to post your resume.

  90. Posted by Woland5 | May 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Who DA fuck is Bret Stephens? I got to look into his resume.

    –D. Loeb

  91. Posted by just saying | May 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Tom Friedman is an asshole.

  92. Posted by Ted Stryker | May 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    It was a khaki suitpant with ribbons on it and a hat, but that's not important right now.

  93. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Pine box? Please illuminate us…

  94. Posted by guest | May 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    His first wife wrote a book called "The Starter Marriage".

    Tells you all you need to know . . . . .

  95. Posted by Macallan12 | May 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Dawn? You'll be totally outnumbered at dawn. Ride during a Murder She Wrote marathon.

  96. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Who are these Kennedy and Eisenhower fellows you speak of?

    -UBS MD

  97. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I hope you're on the other side of my trades.

  98. Posted by PermaGuestII | May 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Not sure- think they had something to do with highway construction.

    -Chicago grad/resident.

  99. Posted by Turnip Truck | May 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    What about second breakfast???

  100. Posted by halfcab72 | May 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    couldnt we have way to many cowards these days

  101. Posted by Red Sox fan | May 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth…" You got that from Vickers. "Work in Essex County," Page 98, right? Yeah I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us- you have any thoughts of- of your own on this matter?"

  102. Posted by halfcab72 | May 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    true & most times ditch diggers are quality people unlike many so called well educated folks just percentage wise people who actually earn there money there are way to many me me me sorts these days if we fell back to WWII tomorrow we would be screwed

  103. Posted by CDT HINOTE, D C '99 | May 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Lights on, during AMI, shoes polished, belt buckle shined, As for Class on, on top of green girl, while playing "On Brave Old Army Team", and doing a "Rocket" = Grey Wings with Bronze Star

  104. Posted by old_lady_of_sixty | May 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Bring it on, wuss.

  105. Posted by IamSatan | May 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Hey Pat, sorry we killed you, it wasn't personal

    Your troops

  106. Posted by HakunamataThis | May 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Actually, several generations of soldiers protesting. Did YOU go and fight?

  107. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    The middle east is like Wyoming?

    -Ivy Grad 12

  108. Posted by Guest | May 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Got into Princeton thx to summer trips (luxury) to Viet Nam, India, China, Hong Kong and 3.5 GPA. Useless college essay had to do with " global sensitivity". They loved it. Major at P was Global Race & Ethnicity. Hence NO JOB.
    Job yield 10 friends from P – 3 jobs one doesn't count (Teach for America). Taking just any job is beneath me. Mom Is dinner ready?

  109. Posted by Im_a_Dude | May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    no, you should certainly not go on.

  110. Posted by Loranjello | May 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Eisenhower not photogenic. Eisenhower not cool. Eisenhower can't sing and dance. No way that guy was president must be a mistake.

  111. Posted by YourMom | May 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    …and a fraud

  112. Posted by Lani Iwasaki | May 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    The NAZI has spoken yet again. He will rot in hell.

  113. Posted by Guest | May 10, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    It seems like Bess Levin just took the WSJ article, removed all context (with absolutely no mention of the various "facts" that serve as the article's main points), and then used what remained as his target of berating in his own article, complete with putting words in mouth.

    Was the WSJ article harsh? It undoubtedly was, but it was all to push a message of continual self-improvement to new college graduates, especially when coming out of a school system that may have left them unprepared for such hard times. "Tone down your egos, shape up your minds," as the article subtitle says, and honestly, that's some pretty good advice.

  114. Posted by Guest | May 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    True story. It snaps back to the top of the comments every time you try to scroll down. So annoying.

  115. Posted by Guest | May 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Cool story, man. Did you at least get laid?

  116. Posted by guest | May 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Hey Bret! Nice of you to show up. I think I hear your wife calling for you to fill her bowl up with Purina. Run along, dbag.

  117. Posted by Guest | May 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    That begs the question: did YOU ever dodge a draft and carry the guilt into your old age? Soldiers are like the rest of us- they have a diverse range of political beliefs.

  118. Posted by Guest | May 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Sounds like an angry first year analyst sticking up for friends from the class of 2012.

  119. Posted by fish and guests | May 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I did happen to know who was president in 1956, and knew who the next president was. I also went to a crap state school (same one as Ernie Pyle, whom Bret Stephens seems to hold up high) and never had the ability to cram enough information in my head to regurgitate on a final exam, much less get a 3.7 from an ivy league.

    Tell you what Bret, you take Ernie Pyle and I'll take the 3.7 ivy leaguer.

  120. Posted by unwanted guest | May 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    WTF do you know about hard times. I have an MD/PhD from a top 10 medical school and don't have to wonder how much more difficult it would have been for me in this environment. What makes you so GD special? (And don't tell me you're on the staff of some piece of crap rag engineered by Rupert Murdoch). Please tell me you're childless, or I'm calling social services.

  121. Posted by Guest | May 15, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Second breakfast is only served in hobbitville, doofus. We prefer to call is brunch.

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