Thursday, April 09, 2009

ASU Disses President Obama

From HuffPo:

Universities typically confer an honorary degree on commencement speakers, particularly those who have reached the pinnacle of their career or achieved the top of their field. Arizona State University (ASU), though, says it will not confer an honorary degree on this year's commencement speaker, President Barack Obama, because "his body of work is yet to come."

ASU Media Relations Director Sharon Keeler says, unlike other universities, the processes for selecting commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients are independent. She says that honorary degrees are given "for an achievement of eminence" and that Obama was not considered for an honorary degree because his body of achievements, at this time, does not fit within that criteria.

Writing two best-sellers? Not outstanding. Developing one of the largest grassroots organizations in the world? Nothing special. Becoming the first African American President of the United States? Good, but nothing to write home about.

I wrote a note to ASU President Crow:
"I cannot believe that ASU doesn't think the President of the United States is worthy of an honorary degree. I think you need to review the committee that makes these decisions."
If he isn't good enough to get an ASU degree, ASU isn't good enough to have him as their Graduation Speaker.

President Obama, from the time he was running for office, is clearly concentrating on putting Arizona in play for the Democrats.


michael sean morris said...

The same state that refused to mark Dr. King Day... Coincidence?

The state represented by John McCain... Coincidence?

Mark H said...

I also left an e-mail to's my message to their leader:

Was it because he's black? Was it because YOU are a Mormon, or AZ is just simply a white state about 20 years behind in learning about civil rights? Are you also anti-Gay at a university environment? I'm certainly glad I didn't get my education in Arizona, or Utah, for that matter. Afraid of how much power the Mormons have over your future? Just a few questions, sir, for you to consider about just HOW you're running a public University.

(AFTER ALL, there are LOTS and LOTS of Mormons in Arizona, AND Southern Idaho....and those town in Nevada that border Utah also.