Submitted By Todd on April 10th at 6:03pm
blogger Lester Wall, who writes:
I am just glad I don’t live in AZ. If an Ivy League educated, best selling author, Grammy Award winning, US Senator, Time Person of the Year, first African-American PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can’t get respect in AZ, what chance does the everyday, normal, trying to feed his family, black or brown man have?The charge of racism is bizarre, and unsubstantiated, but isn't that generally the case? Racism is used, quite thoughtlessly, as a club with which to beat the drum of frustration by Black America without regard for the cause of the frustration. If one feels wronged, then racism is, de facto, the cause. Thus is the result of years of conditioning as to the power of victimhood.
University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said the committee decided Obama hasn’t served long enough in the White House to properly judge his legacy. “His body of work is yet to come,” Keeler told the AP. “That’s why we’re not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency.”This has caused a bit of an uproar - although it's hard to see any legitimate reason for concern. Honorary degrees are given out for an unusual record of achievement, it would seem - and despite being top notch at career advancement, the President has never shown an interest in doing anything with power beyond using it to propel himself to the next rung. A suburban Phoenix newspaper editorializes on the reluctance of ASU.
The University of Notre Dame has no such qualms and will offer Obama a honorary doctorate when he speaks to that college’s graduates on May 17. Perhaps Notre Dame has a better understanding of what Obama already has accomplished simply by reaching our nation’s pinnacle of political power and public service.True - the outrage at Notre Dame is over the fact that the President was invited at all - but that, alas, is for reasons other than the President's large body of inexperience.
ASU has recognized a large number of politicians in the past 60 years... Barry Goldwater received his honorary degree in May 1961, three years before his Republican nomination for president and only eight years into his three decades as a U.S. senator. Sandra Day O’Connor was similarly recognized just three years in her 25 years on the U.S. Supreme Court.The paper then negates the value of these examples, citing the fact that they got extra credit for having been homers.
But what connection did ASU have to other honorees such as L. Douglas Wilder, the first black governor of Virginia, or Kim Campbell, the first woman to be Canadian prime minister?Douglas Wilder? Say What? Honored by the racists at ASU? The same Douglas Wilder who received a Bronze Star for his service in Korea, and who had served 15 years as a state Senator, then was elected Lt. Governor and Governor in Virginia by the time he received his honorary degree? And Kim Campbell, the first woman Prime Minister of Canada, whom, before taking that office served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General? Then became Minister of National Defence?
Obama almost certainly won’t speak at another ASU graduation, and no one knows if another president ever will either. The university should reconsider this arbitrary decision and honor Obama in May.Despite having elected our first Black president and having a Black AG, old habits die hard, and the charge of racism continues to be recklessly leveled.