Because if you ever enter politics, you may one day think about running for president. And if you do decide to run, your college grades could become an issue, especially if they're mediocre.
That's what Texas Gov. Rick Perry is learning the hard way, now that what's reportedly his college transcript is on the Internet for the eyes of Texas and the world to gaze upon, courtesy of the Huffington Post.
He was well acquainted with Bs, Cs and Ds. A pre-veterinary student, he got an F in organic chemistry. While many people won't hold that against him, it may help explain why he's not a practicing veterinarian today.
Perry (a former candidate in the U.S. Republican presidential primary) seems to have neither confirmed nor denied the transcript's accuracy.
The governor’s office did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.
How do journalists test the provenance of leaked documents like this?