Sunday, May 17, 2009

Notre Dame Commencement Obama Asks to “Open Hearts” and “Open Minds”

Despite the protests that marred President Barack Obama's visit to the Notre Dame Commencement ceremony in Southbend, Indiana, he bravely faced the issues being thrown at him. The US president, who’s also being conferred with an honorary degree, told the Notre Dame graduates that “no matter how much we want to fudge it (the abortion policy debate)... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” Instead, Obama suggested that we stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition.” Obama’s pro-choice abortion stance and the embryonic stem-cell research he supported in his administration are being magnified in the Notre Dame community, being the largest Catholic university in the United States.
Notre Dame Commencement with President Obama
The Associated Press reported that "at least 27 people were arrested on trespassing charges, even before Obama took the stage in the Notre Dame Commencement exercises. Twelve thousand people stood up and clapped as Obama entered the stage, but before he can speak “at least 3 protesters interrupted it”. Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins had good words to describe Obama as not being “someone who stops talking to those who disagree with him.” To read more about the Notre Dame Commencement 2009 details, visit this link.
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