May 18, 2009

Because No One Else Is Talking About It...

...I'll talk about Obama at ND. (Joke.) A few thoughts....

  • Seemed to go according to script, with the exception that the crowd was a bit more friendly than I expected (almost a Democratic National Convention type of crowd although I was relieved when they started chanting "We Are...ND" and not "Yes We Can!" or "Obama!").

  • Didn't catch the whole intro, but Jenkins more effusive concnerning Obama than I thought he would be. I think Catholic university presidents are generally incapable of feeling chastised except by the Magisterium of Newsweek and the New York Times. But they do want to avoid hassle & potential alum dissatisfaction...

  • Where the students are concerned, if it was a teaching moment, the teaching seemed to come mainly from President.

  • First time I've heard of conservative protesters interrupting someone's speech. High ground = lost?

  • The big uproar made was probably the right thing despite the fact that in the short run it's not pretty. Every media outlet covered the speech whereas without the controversy no one but C-Span would. Unlike the State of the Union, there is no rebuttal or response. In an age where reading is dead and only pictures matter, the pictures sadly say: "Magnanimous reasonable-sounding president" and "unreasonable mean protesters". The only way to won in this situation is not to have invited Obama in the first place. American Catholic Church big on circular firing squad concept. But in the long run it seems likely Catholic universities won't want the headaches involved in honoring pro-choice politicians.
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