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Running for president? You might want a Harvard diploma

US Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, is often asked whether the public is ready to put an African-American in the White House. But there's another question about him as well. In drawing parallels to 1960, when people wondered whether John F. Kennedy, an Irish Catholic from Boston, was electable, one interviewer recently pointed out to Obama that, in the same spirit, many voters might see him more as a "Protestant from Harvard." Both men attended that prestigious Ivy League university in Cambridge, Mass. In all, seven presidents so far have – among them George W. Bush, who earned a master's degree in business administration there in 1975 after his undergraduate studies at Yale. The presidents with Harvard pedigrees and their years in the Oval Office:

John Adams 1797-1801
John Quincy Adams 1825-29
Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-81
Theodore Roosevelt 1901-09
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-45
John F. Kennedy 1961-63
George W. Bush 2001-08

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